A Season of Celebration

This is a season of celebration for our Consortium colleges and universities. Three of our campuses have installed new presidents this fall. On October 1, Dr. Wayne D. Lewis, Jr. was installed as the sixth president of Houghton College. Dr. Lewis brings a rich background in higher education to Houghton, having served as the inaugural Dean of the School of Education at Belmont University and as the Commissioner of Education for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. His New Orleans roots were evident at his celebration. In his inaugural address, Dr. Lewis reminded the campus that justice is in the DNA of Houghton, born out of the movement to abolish slavery. Houghton graduates have displayed a heart for service, living out Micah 6:8. He challenged his listeners to think about what it means to do justice today.

On October 8, Dr. D. Michael Lindsay was installed as president of Taylor University. This is Dr. Lindsay’s second presidency, having served at Gordon College for 10 years. He is a successful fundraiser and an acclaimed author whose most recent book Hinge Moments provides an interesting description of his journey to Taylor. Dr. Lindsay’s inaugural address built on Taylor’s motto Light and Faith. He stated three ways of bringing light and faith together. We bear the light and God ignites our faith. As we shine the light, God illuminates our faith. As we gather the light, God increases our faith. He called for Taylor to be Christ-centered, student-focused, and intentional in cultivating servant leadership.

On October 29, Dr. Suzanne Allison Davis was installed as the president of Greenville University. President Davis moved up from within Greenville having served in several roles including executive vice president. She was deeply influenced by her Greenville education and sees helping students have the type of transformative education at Greenville that she had as a special calling. She sees the way forward at Greenville including a reaffirmation of the Wesleyan Free Methodist tradition, being relevant in the community, being willing to try something new, and committing to immersive learning experiences. She celebrates that she stands on the shoulders of those who have gone before her.

At the end of April, Dr. Mike Hammond will be installed as the ninth president of Gordon College. Dr. Hammond served as provost at Taylor University. Hammond is highly published, with particular expertise in American Christianity, including the intersection of race and religion in 20th century United States history.

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