Award-winning sociologist and educator D. Michael Lindsay is the eighth president of Gordon College. A dedicated teacher with a passion for Christian higher education, he has lectured on five continents and is committed to raising awareness of the value of a Gordon education around the globe.
President Lindsay’s Pulitzer-nominated book, Faith in the Halls of Power, was listed in Publishers Weekly’s “Best Books of 2007,” and his work has been profiled in hundreds of media outlets worldwide, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN and Fox News Channel. His next book, expected in 2014, is drawn from his work on the largest-ever interview-based examination of senior organizational leaders—including former Presidents Carter and Bush, and hundreds of CEOs at the nation’s largest corporations and nonprofits.
President Lindsay is a strong advocate for Christian leadership as defined by a commitment to excellence and service, both hallmarks of the Gordon experience. He has introduced two new programs at Gordon designed to inspire and mentor this next generation of thoughtful Christian leaders. The Gordon Presidential Fellows program, now in its second year, is the only one of its kind modeled after the highly selective White House Fellowship. The program provides a group of talented Gordon students the opportunity to develop their leadership potential through unique exposure to senior leaders, substantive work assignments with a member of the President’s Cabinet, and horizon-broadening educational opportunities. In the summer of 2013, President Lindsay introduced the Elevate program at Gordon College, a weeklong “leadership lab” through which high-achieving high school students from around the world can advance their leadership potential.
Additionally, he has worked closely with faculty and administrators to increase the number of global opportunities for Gordon students, particularly through internships in areas where he has invested significant personal outreach—including Latin America and Asia.
President Lindsay’s tenure at Gordon has coincided with three consecutive years of record enrollment of first-year students. The incoming class in the fall of 2013 was not only the largest in Gordon’s history; it also included the largest percentages ever of international students, National Merit Scholars and overall diversity. Under President Lindsay’s leadership, Gordon has experienced significant growth in the College’s annual giving, engagement of major donors, and a four-fold increase in grant proposals being submitted from the College. His leadership in these many initiatives is part of a longer-term strategy to position the institution as the liberal arts college of choice worldwide for the development of thoughtful Christian leaders.
From 2006 until 2011 Dr. Lindsay was a member of the faculty at Rice University, where he directed the Program for the Study of Leadership. He was also a Rice Scholar at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. Dr. Lindsay was a dedicated teacher and mentor at Rice, where he led a large research team of undergraduates. In 2011, he received the Nicolas Salgo Distinguished Teaching Award, which is bestowed upon one faculty member by Rice’s junior and senior classes and is the University’s oldest teaching award. Dr. Lindsay’s research has been funded through fellowships awarded by the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Academy of Education and the National Science Foundation.
Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, President Lindsay holds graduate degrees in theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and Wycliffe Hall at Oxford. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University. President Lindsay and his wife, Rebecca, are both Phi Beta Kappa graduates of Baylor University. Rebecca is also a published author and educator and serves Gordon as the Ambassador for the College. The Lindsays live on campus with their three daughters: Elizabeth, Caroline and Emily.