Launch is proud to offer seminars taught by a wide variety of the professors, faculty and staff, and alumni within the Gordon community. Students will have the opportunity to remain in touch with the presenter(s).
Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff
As executive vice president, Dan Tymann provides leadership to the offices of Admissions, Student Financial Services, Career Services, and Institutional Research—all of which impact the success and strategic vitality of the College in fulfilling its mission. Tymann also directs Gordon's broad global education efforts and oversees the College's in-house legal counsel. In his role as chief of staff, he oversees the activities and functions of the President’s Office. In the midst of his other responsibilities, Tymann remains committed to taking time to build meaningful relationships with Gordon students and their families.
Tymann received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Tufts University in 1981. From 1981 to 2005 he directed manufacturing and engineering organizations for AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Cisco Systems. Beginning in 1990, he led worldwide manufacturing operations for systems and processes of Optical Networking products and subsystems. He chose to bring his talents and experience to serve Christ at Gordon,
MICHAEL J. AHEARN
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Michael Ahearn is vice president for finance and administration at Gordon College, overseeing the College’s finances, Physical Plant and Auxiliary Services. In his time at the College, Mr. Ahearn has focused on strengthening the College’s financial foundation through a bond refinancing and through improved financial planning for the long term.
Ahearn earned a B.A. with honors in history from Colgate University and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College with a concentration in finance. He went on to receive an additional M.S. in applied economics and finance from the Simon School at the University of Rochester, where, as a graduate student, he taught managerial economics and corporate finance courses. After completing his graduate studies, Ahearn was a senior associate at Analysis Group/Integral, Inc. He later served as financial program manager at the Massachusetts Port Authority for 14 years, overseeing bond financing, budget plans, investment portfolios and capital requirements for the redevelopment of Logan Airport. Ahearn joined Gordon College in June 2009.
Professor of Sculpture, Drawing, Art Theory
Jim Zingarelli has been teaching at Gordon since 1996. His primary work as an artist and teacher lies in the area of sculpture, notably stone carving, working in marble, granite and limestone. His current work deals with issues surrounding world hunger and he has traveled to Honduras, South Africa, and Morocco in an effort to create an art of public service within the global community. He exhibits his sculpture and paintings in several venues. His work is represented by the Pepper Gallery in Boston.
Professor of Communication Arts
For Dr. Nathan Baxter, studying communication means studying culture, theory and theology all at once, and his methods for teaching these subjects are as diverse as the topics themselves. Baxter’s own studies include a B.A. from Williamette University in speech communication, an M.A. from Texas A & M University in speech communication and Western Seminary in exegetical theology, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University in communication and culture. Baxter is ordained in the Anglican Diocese of New England. As a professor at Gordon, Baxter is grateful for the opportunity to talk about faith and communication freely. “Teaching in a Christian context keeps the conversation boundaries open for exploration,” he says. Baxter also appreciates the depth of character he’s found in Gordon students. “Students are aware of their own spiritual journeys, and growing in that is significant to them,” he says. “I can see it happening in the way conversations shift as the semester goes on, and in the questions students bring to my office hours.”