Gordon in the News: last updated 10/20/2006

President R. Judson Carlberg Marks 30 Years at Gordon College

Office of College Communications

WENHAM, MA-Dr. Robert Judson "Jud" Carlberg marked his 30th year at Gordon College at the conclusion of the spring 2006 semester. Carlberg came to Gordon in 1976 as dean of the faculty and established a faculty development program that won national recognition. In 1990 he became senior vice president for development and directed the conclusion of a capital campaign and construction of a 1600-seat chapel that is also used for music performances and community events. He was named Gordon's seventh president in 1992.

Under his leadership the College has experienced significant growth in programs, enrollment and physical plant. From 1995 to 2000 he led a $42 million capital campaign that resulted in a new athletic center, a music center and a visual and theatre arts facility. In the past several years four new residence halls were added and in 2005 an athletic field complex was completed. This summer construction will begin on the 80,000 square-foot Ken Olsen Science Center. Total enrollment has grown 37 percent since Carlberg became president while the annual fund more than doubled during that same time period. Three master degree programs and several new undergraduate majors were also established.

Carlberg is currently working with his leadership team and Board of Trustees in forging a vision for Gordon that is increasingly urban and global-a vision that harkens back to 1889 when A. J. Gordon, founder of the College in downtown Boston, committed to training students to serve in ministry around the world. Today Gordon offers broad overseas academic programs in such places as Oxford, England, Orvieto, Italy, China and Costa Rica, to name a few. Carlberg envisions a center for global study on campus that would prepare students to serve with excellence around the world in a variety of fields including international business, education, science research and ministry. The College is also returning to its urban roots with the establishment of new academic initiatives in Boston and Lynn, Massachusetts. In September the Lynn Initiative will be expanded to include a residential program that will focus on issues related to urban engagement, community service and international community.

Carlberg serves on a number of distinguished boards including: Council for Higher Education Accreditation; National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; Christian College Consortium; and Denver Seminary. A native of Fall River, Massachusetts, he holds degrees from Wheaton College in Illinois (B.A.), Denver Seminary (M.Div.) and Michigan State University (M.A., Ph.D.). In 1999 Carlberg was one of 50 college presidents honored by the John Templeton Foundation for leadership in character development. He and his wife, Jan, an author and speaker, have two grown children and two grandchildren.


Gordon College is a Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences on Boston's North Shore. The college offers majors in 36 fields and has graduate programs in education and music education. Leading the way in Christian college merit, Gordon is nationally ranked for its excellence in academics and its role in character building. These achievements recognize Gordon as one of the nation's top Christian colleges.