Beginning in the 2020–2021 academic year, the Martha D. Frost Fellows Program will offer a select group of Gordon’s most promising incoming students a comprehensive, yearlong honors opportunity that will help these emerging leaders develop the intellect and Christian character needed to lead well in the 21st century.
The Frost Fellows Program, housed within the Global Honors Institute and directed by President Michael Lindsay, consists of several crucial elements. Over the course of their first year at Gordon, Frost Fellows will participate in a series of seminars and experiential learning opportunities that are led by President Lindsay and designed to develop students’ leadership skills and abilities. The program will also afford Fellows the chance to gain unique exposure to talented, world-class leaders who visit the campus over the academic year.
As students admitted to Gordon’s Global Honors Institute, Frost Fellows will have access to honors sections of The Great Conversation (Gordon’s first-year seminar in the College’s Core Curriculum), and they will receive priority notification and guaranteed consideration for on- and off-campus honors opportunities. Finally, Frost Fellows have access to special honors advising opportunities, individual strengths assessment and guidance, and vocation and life coaching from senior staff advisors.
Our goal is to support each Frost Fellow in developing the intellect and Christian character necessary to lead and serve well for God’s mission in the world in the 21st century.
Students who are invited to Honors Day and complete their honors application will be considered for the Frost Fellows program.
Over the last 25 years, Myron E. “Mike” Ullman III has led five major enterprises on three continents, including Wharf Holdings based in Hong Kong; LVMH Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton based in Paris; and in the U.S.: R.H. Macy & Co., Inc.; DFS Group Limited (Duty Free Shops); and J. C. Penney Company, Inc. Ullman served as CEO of J.C. Penney until 2011, and returned to this position in 2013. He retired as Chairman and CEO of J.C. Penney in August, 2016.
Mr. Ullman serves as Chairman of the Board of Starbucks Coffee Company and lead director of Taubman Centers and a director of Safe Harbors Marinas. Mr. Ullman was the former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, as well as chairman of the board of Mercy Ships International, a global medical and human services charity. He is also on the board of FIRST, a charity that sponsors robotics competitions designed to motivate youth to pursue education and careers in science and technology.
Mr. Ullman graduated from the University of Cincinnati and was selected for the prestigious White House Fellowship in 1982.
Dr. Marla F. Frederick joined the faculty of Emory University in the fall of 2019 as the Acting Professor of Religion and Culture and will be formally installed in January 2020. Frederick comes to Candler from Harvard University, where she served as professor of African and African American studies and the study of religion.
A leading ethnographer, she employs an interdisciplinary approach to examine the overlapping spheres of religion, race, gender, media, politics and economics. Her teaching interests encompass the anthropology of religion and the African American religious experience, and her ongoing research interests include the study of religion and media, religion and economics, and the sustainability of black institutions in a 'post-racial' world. She is the author of four books and several articles. Most recently, she co-authored Televised Redemption: Black Religious Media and Racial Empowerment (NYU Press, 2016), which examines how black Christians, Muslims, and Hebrew Israelites use media for the “redemption” of the race.
Elaine Howard Ecklund is the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Rice University, as well as founding director of the Religion and Public Life Program. Theoretically, Ecklund explores how individuals and small groups bring changes to larger institutions that constrain them. Substantively, her work explores this topic in relationship to religion, science, gender, race and immigration in different national contexts. Ecklund is the author of five books, over 70 peer-reviewed research articles, and numerous op-eds. She has received over 6 million dollars in grants and awards, including those from the Templeton Religion Trust, Lilly Endowment, Inc., Templeton World Charity Foundation, National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, and Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Her research has been covered in national and international news media, including USA Today, Nature, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist. She received a PhD in 2004 from Cornell University, where she was the recipient of the Class of 2004 Graduate Student Baccalaureate Award for Academic Excellence and Community Service. In 2013 Ecklund was winner of the Charles O. Duncan Award for outstanding research and teaching achievement at Rice University, and in 2018 she gave the Gifford Lecture at the University of Edinburgh. Ecklund has previously served as chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on the Sociology of Religion and as president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Over the past several years, Ecklund’s research has explored how scientists in different nations understand religion, ethics, and gender. Ecklund is currently leading (with Denise Daniels) a nation-wide research initiative entitled “Faith at Work: An Empirical Study.” Ecklund teaches classes at the graduate and undergraduate level on immigration, sociology of science, classical sociological theory, research methods, and religion in public life.
Bob is a senior portfolio manager and chief equity strategist at Nuveen. Bob manages five portfolios, including large caps and alternatives. He is a highly respected authority on the equities markets among investors, advisors and the media. As the author of widely followed weekly commentaries and annual market predictions, Bob provides ongoing, timely market perspectives.
Prior to joining Nuveen, Bob held similar roles at other large asset management firms, including serving as chief equity strategist at BlackRock, president and chief investment officer of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and chief investment officer of Oppenheimer Funds, Inc.
Bob received a B.S. in accounting and a B.A. in economics from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation from the CFA® Institute.