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Friday, September 16, 2011: Under a bright-blue sky, Dr. D. Michael Lindsay — one of the nation’s foremost experts on faith, culture and leadership — was inaugurated as the eighth president of Gordon College.


Watch video from the event:
Inaugural Worship Service
Address: Dr. John C. Ortberg  (bio)
Pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church
Installation Service
Inaugural address: Dr. D. Michael Lindsay
Special remarks: Dr. Nathan O. Hatch, President, Wake Forest University (bio)

Inaugural Symposia on Christianity and Culture:

Faith and the Arts
Speakers: Makoto Fujimura, National Council on the Arts; Sara Groves, singer/songwriter; Todd Komarnicki, writer/director. Moderator: Bruce Herman, Professor of Art, Lothlorien Distinguished Chair in Fine Arts

Faith and the Academy
Speakers: Nancy Nason-Clark, University of New Brunswick/RAVE; Marla Frederick, Harvard University; George McLendon, Rice University. Moderator: Stan D. Gaede, Scholar in Residence

Faith and the Marketplace
Speakers: Katherine Leary Alsdorf, Center for Faith and Work, Redeemer Presbyterian Church; Neil Clark Warren, founder, eHarmony; Richard Malloch, Hearst Corporation. Moderator: Kent Siebert, Professor of Economics and Business

View letters of congratulation from Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown.

Hundreds of guests joined Gordon College students, faculty, staff, friends and trustees for the daylong celebration, which began officially at 9 a.m. with three concurrent symposia on Christianity and culture, in which a cross section of experts explored the intersection of Christian faith with the arts, the marketplace and the academy.

A morning worship service in the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel followed the symposia. Dr. John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in California, offered a reflection.  

The installation service took place at 2 p.m. on the Gordon College quad with an address from Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch. President Lindsay’s address, “Faithful Leadership for the Common Good,” outlined what he termed “the Gordon Commission.” Gordon, he said, has been guided for decades by a set of principles that directs the College’s core activities . . . and collective vocation: “They represent the mandates we have been commissioned by God to meet, both individually and collectively.”