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Seeking Gordon's Ninth President

Leadership transitions are an inevitable part of the life of any institution, and they are always best undertaken with the proper time and planning to allow for continuity and care in the proverbial passing of the torch. Building upon President Lindsay’s ten-year legacy during which Gordon achieved important milestones to ensure we are well positioned to thrive in a dynamically changing higher education landscape, the College welcomes input from its stakeholders in shaping the search for the ninth president in Gordon’s storied 131-year history. 

Presidential Search Committee (PSC) Members 


  • Dr. Carrie Tibbles ‘93, chair
  • Herman Smith Jr. ‘70
  • Rev. Samuel Schreiner III ‘77
  • Lisa Forkner
  • Dr. Reid Maclellan
  • Mark Norman
  • Rev. David Wright
  • Tim Breene
  • Foster Chase Jr.
  • Dr. William Brown
  • Dr. Dorothy Chappell

Faculty and Staff

  • Janet Arndt '68, Dean of the School of Education 
  • Sharon Ketcham '94, Professor of Theology and Christian Ministries
  • Christopher Hansen, Chief Information Officer

Assisted by CarterBaldwin Executive Search. 

Proposed Search Timeline 

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November 16, 2020 
The opportunity profile can be found here ➔

November 2020 through January 2021
CarterBaldwin will help the College identify and recruit appropriate candidates during this period. We invite qualified individuals to confidentially apply by submitting a CV and a letter of interest to .  Community members may also use this email address to submit candidate nominations.   

January through April 2021
The PSC and CarterBaldwin will complete a systematic process of candidate vetting, interviewing, background checks, and references, with the goal of recommending a finalist for formal consideration.

April and May 2021
The PSC will vote to nominate the new president and will work with the Board’s executive committee to present this individual to the full Board of Trustees for a final decision and vote. Ideally the new president will be introduced at Commencement, and plan to take office on or about July 1, 2021.