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NEXT Summit

An annual professional development conference for Christian heads of school

Each year Gordon invites a select group of heads of Christian secondary schools from around the country for the NEXT Summit. These are schools that have strong leadership and produce graduates who are both academically talented and deeply committed to Christ. Past NEXT Summits have focused on topics such as standardized testing and advancement, and have featured speakers such as David Coleman, CEO of the College Board, David Kinnaman, president of Barna Group, and Frank Bruni, New York Times columnist.

NEXT: Exceptional Fundraising | September 30–October 1, 2019
NEXT is a professional development conference designed for heads of schools. We are thrilled that this year's conference coincides with Gordon's 130th anniversary celebration and the Work Ahead: Ready for 2030 initiative. This special expanded NEXT conference will focus on school fundraising and development, with practical workshops facilitated by experts from the Institute for Charitable Giving. In addition, NEXT participants will hear from Heather Templeton Dill, President of the John Templeton Foundation; Mark Dillon, Executive Vice President of Generis Partners; Patrick Gelsinger, CEO of VMWare; and Paul Edwards, Chief Development Officer and Senior VP for Advancement at Gordon College.

Thanks to the generosity of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust we are able to waive the registration fee for one guest who attends with each Head of School. However, Heads of School are invited to bring up to five colleagues in development and advancement, including board members, to develop your team in this critical area of school administration.

The cost for registration before July 15 is $300, and $350 between July 15 and August 31, when registration closes. Registration includes all meals and transportation between the airport, the hotel, and Gordon College. Airfare and hotel accommodations are not included in registration. The conference will start at 8 a.m. on Monday, September 30, and end at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1.

Register for the NEXT conference ➔

Schedule Highlights

Monday, September 30
8 a.m.–6 p.m.

Opening Plenary: Mark Dillon and Paul Edwards
All-Campus Conversation with the President: Heather Templeton Dill
Skills-based workshops and interactive break-out sessions with the Institute for Charitable Giving
Conversation with NEXT attendees: Heather Templeton Dill
Dinner on campus with high school alumni
Meals and refreshment breaks provided

Tuesday, October 1
8 a.m.–6 p.m.

Skills-based workshops and interactive break-out sessions with the Institute for Charitable Giving
All-Campus Keynote Address: Patrick Gelsinger
Conversation with NEXT attendees: Patrick Gelsinger
Meals and refreshment breaks provided



Making Your Travel Arrangements

  • The closest airport is Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • A special Gordon College rate is available at Courtyard Boston Danvers, 275 Independence Way, Danvers, MA 01923; 978-777-8630. Direct link to online reservations ➔
  • Gordon shuttles will be available on Sunday, September 29, for transportation from the airport to the Courtyard Boston Danvers. Uber and Lyft are easily accessible at Logan Airport. Taxi service also available through North Shore Taxi: 978-532-2222; and North Shore Shuttle: 1-800-BE DRIVEN.
  • Morning and afternoon Gordon shuttles will run on Monday and Tuesday between the Courtyard Boston Danvers and campus.
  • A Gordon shuttle will run from campus to Logan Airport at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the conclusion of the conference.