David Michael Phelps Joins Harmel Academy as Dean of Humanities and Director of Program Development


Harmel Academy of the Trades is pleased to welcome David Michael Phelps as Dean of Humanities and Director of Program Development. In these roles, David will continue the development of Harmel’s integrated humanities curriculum, and will teach Harmel’s humanities courses. Additionally, he will oversee Harmel’s communications and marketing, and will assist in donor engagement.

David has over fifteen years experience in education and administration, serving as a professor of English, literature, and communications for Baker College, and as an adjunct communications instructor for Calvin College. David served as President of the Board during the refounding of Sacred Heart Academy, and as Director of Development and Artist-in-Residence during the refounding of Compass Film Academy (now Compass College of Cinematic Arts). He earned his Master’s degree in English Language and Literature from Central Michigan University and studied English and Latin at Hope College.

David also has several years’ experience as a creative director, brand strategist, film producer, and writer, developing a number of marketing campaigns, brands, innovative films, and film curricula including For the Life of the World: Letters to the Exiles, Our Great Exchange, and Desire of the Everlasting Hills. David serves on the board of directors of the Grand Rapids Griffins Youth Foundation, where he has coached youth hockey for ten years. Until his appointment at Harmel, David also served on Harmel’s advisory board.

He and his wife, Cheri, have four children and are parishioners of Sacred Heart of Jesus in Grand Rapids, MI.

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