Each year Gordon invites a select group of heads of Christian secondary schools from around the country for the NEXT Summit. These are schools that have strong leadership and produce graduates who are both academically talented and deeply committed to Christ. Past NEXT Summits have focused on topics such as standardized testing and advancement, and have featured speakers such as David Coleman, CEO of the College Board, David Kinnaman, president of Barna Group, and Frank Bruni, New York Times columnist.
NEXT: Cultures of Excellence | September 25–26, 2017
NEXT is a professional development conference designed for heads of schools. This year's conference features Mike Ullman, longtime J.C. Penney CEO, and Bishop Claude Alexander, senior pastor at Park Church in North Carolina.
The conference, which will run from 12 p.m. on Monday, September 25 until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, will give heads of schools the chance to explore how leading institutions build and maintain cultures of excellence. Heads of schools are also invited to bring a rising leader from their faculty or staff. Thanks to the generosity of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust we are able to waive the registration fee for one guest of each head of school.
The cost for registration before July 15 is $275, and $325 between July 15 and August 31, when registration closes. Registration includes all meals and transportation between the airport, conference hotel and Gordon College.
Mike Ullman is the most experienced leader in the retail industry alive today. Over the last 30 years, he has led major enterprises on 3 continents he has transformed and managed businesses engaged in retailing, luxury goods manufacturing, property management and development, hotel management, computer services and public transport. His most prominent role as Chairman and CEO for JCPenney began in 2004 and subsequently led the company to the highest sales and profit in its history.
Bishop Claude Alexander is the author of Necessary Christianity and senior pastor at The Park Church in North Carolina. The Park Church has grown from one local congregation of 600 members to a global ministry of thousands with three locations and weekly international reach. He was one of the founding pastors of HELP (Helping Empower Local People), which worked with congregations to increase justice and access for all people.