"For a long time, Gordon has exercised what I call ‘convening power.'"
—President Michael Lindsay
During President Lindsay’s inaugural year, several new speaker series have launched, continuing and taking to new levels the College’s identity as a place of vibrant intellectual life.
March 9: A CEO’S LAST STAND
The second installment of Gordon’s forum for Boston area business leaders featured Gerard J. Arpey, former Chairman and CEO of American Airlines (top photo).
March 19: A SENATOR’S VISIT
The senior senator from Massachusetts, John F. Kerry, was the featured speaker at the inaugural Richard F. Gross Distinguished Lecture Series at Gordon College. Named in honor of Gordon’s sixth president, this new annual lecture will feature prominent public officials, scholars and leaders representing a diversity of contemporary perspectives (second photo: from left, Sen. Kerry chats with President Lindsay).
April 2: WHY WOULD GOD CALL US TO PUBLIC SERVICE?
TWO JOURNEYS OF FAITH AND PUBLIC LIFE
The third Conversations with the President event was a thoughtful dialogue moderated by President Michael Lindsay and featuring Ron Tschetter, former director of the Peace Corps, and J. Brady Anderson, former administrator of USAID (third photo: left and
April 10: DOING VIRTUOUS BUSINESS: PERSPECTIVES FROM CHIEF EXECUTIVES
A panel discussion—moderated by former Gordon professor and alumnus Dr. Theodore Roosevelt (Ted) Malloch—followed a screening of Doing Virtuous Business, a documentary based on Malloch’s best-selling book of the same title.
May 7: GORDON CELEBRATION OF FAITHFUL LEADERSHIP
The first annual Gordon Celebration of Faithful Leadership honored George F. Bennett—longtime leader in Boston’s financial world—as the inaugural recipient of the George F. Bennett Leadership Award. The event, featuring former Minnesota Governor Timothy J. Pawlenty, raised support for scholarships for Gordon students.
May 18–19: COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND
The Baccalaureate Service featured a special message by Dr. Mark Sargent, Gordon provost for 16 years. Commencement Exercises featured a keynote address by former Gordon president Dr. R. Judson Carlberg. The College also conferred honorary degrees upon Dr. Mark Sargent, John A. Kanas and Peter Bennett.
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