Gordon College, a nondenominational Christian college in Wenham, Massachusetts, has announced a five-year, $25 million gift from an anonymous donor to bolster its endowment and create a new institute and scholarship program.
In addition to strengthening the college's financial foundation, the gift will support the launch of an honors program within the new Gordon Global Honors Institute and provide seed funding for a new Center for Leadership and the Arts Building. Starting in 2018, the Gordon Global Honors Scholars program will provide four-year tuition support and substantive global experiences to students, with an emphasis on the role of faith in global engagement and the pursuit of entrepreneurial solutions. Under the direction of Dr. William Barker '98, the honors institute also will provide additional support and cohesion for the distinguished A.J. Gordon Scholars program, the Jerusalem and Athens Forum, and Kenneth L. Pike Honors, and will work with a new faculty honors committee to expand opportunities in areas such as departmental honors.
"We are delighted and extraordinarily thankful for this development," said Gordon College president Michael Lindsay. "[I]t is the kind of transformational gift we have prayed about for years. It also represents an emphatic 'third party endorsement' of Gordon's mission and vision for the future and demonstrates great confidence in the quality of our people and our programs."