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

After 38 Years, Dr. William Harper Retires from Gordon College

Office of College Communications

WENHAM, MA-Dr. William Harper, professor of political studies at Gordon College and a resident of South Hamilton, retired at the conclusion of the spring 2006 semester. He began his tenure at Gordon in 1968 and is an alum of the college, having graduated in 1962 with a bachelor of arts degree in political science.

Harper taught courses in western European politics, eastern European politics, and Christian political thought and practice among others, and was chair of the political studies department his first twenty years at Gordon. Among his many professional activities he chaired a panel for the Association for Public Justice that focused on the 1992 presidential election, and was a mentor in the Crossroads Program for Young Scholars of Evangelicals for Social Action. His publications include Disestablishment a Second Time, a book he co-authored with James Skillen and Rockne McCarthy.

Provost Mark Sargent praised Harper's long service to Gordon, saying "during his tenure Dr. Harper has been one of the principal voices shaping the vision and curriculum of Gordon College." Sargent noted that Harper also played a vital role in supporting Gordon's study-abroad program in Oxford, England.

Harper also holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Tufts University, both in political science. He is married to Lillian Harper who is the program assistant in the Global Education Office at Gordon. They are both active in their church in South Hamilton.


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