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

History Scholar, Dr. Richard Pierard, Retires from Gordon College

Office of College Communications

WENHAM, MA-Dr. Richard Pierard, scholar-in-residence and holder of the Stephen Phillips Chair of History at Gordon College, retired at the conclusion of the spring 2006 semester. He is a resident of Beverly.

Pierard's tenure at Gordon began in 2000, capping a long and distinguished career that included many scholarly publications and professional activities-among them the book he co-authored with fellow retired Gordon professor Thomas Askew, The American Church Experience: A Concise History. His essays and articles appeared in many periodicals including Reformed Journal, Christian Century and Christianity Today. Prior to Gordon, Pierard was professor of history at Indiana State University; he was also a Fulbright professor with the University of Frankfurt in West Germany. Courses that he taught over his career included European history, social and economic history of the United States, and Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.

According to provost Mark Sargent, "Dr. Pierard has been one of the boldest and most distinguished Christian historians of his generation, and has given generously of his time and energy to helping mentor young scholars."

Pierard holds degrees from California State University (B.A. and M.A.) and the University of Iowa (Ph.D.). He has also served as secretary and a leader of the Faith and History Association.


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.