President Emeritus R. Judson Carlberg passed away on November 20, 2014, at the age of 74, after a battle with cancer. He served Gordon for 35 years, including nearly 20 years as its seventh president.
Dr. Carlberg began his career at Gordon in 1976 as dean of faculty. From 1990 to 1992 he served as senior vice president for development, and in 1992 he was inaugurated as Gordon’s seventh president. He retired in June 2011.
Dr. Carlberg’s substantial legacy at Gordon includes transformative growth of its physical campus, coupled with equally transformative growth in faculty appointments, programs and cultural engagement. In myriad ways, his leadership helped shape an expansive vision of Christian vocation in a pluralistic, rapidly changing world. His passion for higher education extended well beyond Gordon College. He held leadership roles on the boards of the BioLogos Foundation, Denver Seminary, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities, and The Council of Independent Colleges.
An on-campus memorial service is planned for Saturday, January 17, 2015, at 10 a.m. in the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel.
Gifts in memory of Dr. Carlberg may be given to the R. Judson Carlberg Scholarship in Global Education.