Award-winning sociologist and educator D. Michael Lindsay is the eighth president of Gordon College and is among the youngest presidents in the country among nationally ranked colleges and universities. Lindsay’s appointment marked a crucial moment in the College’s history—an opportunity to extend the institution’s scope, visibility and influence as Gordon prepares the next generation of Christian leaders for worldwide service.
Dr. Lindsay’s international reputation, acclaimed teaching record and innovative scholarship distinguish his presidency. The author of two-dozen publications on religion, public life and American evangelicalism, with particular expertise in leadership, Lindsay’s research has been featured in the leading scholarly journals of three academic fields—sociology, religion and American studies. In 2006, he was named the “most promising sociologist under 35” at the World Congress of Sociology. Lindsay’s Pulitzer-nominated book, Faith in the Halls of Power, was listed in Publishers Weekly’s “Best Books of 2007.” He has lectured on five continents, and his work has been profiled in hundreds of media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN and Fox News Channel.
Dr. Lindsay is completing the manuscript of his book reporting the findings of his PLATINUM Study, the largest ever interview-based examination of senior organizational leaders—including former Presidents Carter and Bush, and hundreds of CEOs at the nation’s largest corporations and nonprofits. The PLATINUM Study is the culmination of years of research and the results are already informing Lindsay’s own presidency.
Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, Lindsay graduated summa cum laude from Baylor University with Bachelor of Arts in English and Speech. Prior to pursuing a doctoral degree, he served as the consultant for religion and culture at The George H. Gallup International Institute in Princeton, New Jersey, where he coauthored two books with George Gallup, Jr.—Surveying the Religious Landscape: Trends in U.S. Beliefs and The Gallup Guide: Reality Check for 21st Century Churches. Lindsay holds graduate degrees in theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and Wycliffe Hall at Oxford.
President Lindsay earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University, where he was named a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow in 2002, a Harvey Fellow in 2003, and the Harold W. Dodds Fellow in 2004. He also received the 2003 Outstanding Teaching Award—the university’s highest award for graduate student teaching—from Princeton’s Graduate School and the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni. He currently holds elected positions in sections of the American Sociological Association and of the American Academy of Religion.
President Lindsay and his wife, Rebecca, were both Phi Beta Kappa graduates of Baylor University. Rebecca is also a published author and educator and serves Gordon as Ambassador for the College. The Lindsays reside in Wenham, Massachusetts, with their three daughters: Elizabeth, Caroline and Emily.
– Professor of Surgery Emeritus, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
Dr. Mansour is widely known for perfecting a technique that replaces the esophagus with a section of bowel. He was awarded the 2001 Shield of Medicine by the Medical Scientific Society of Egypt for being one of the ten most outstanding Egyptian doctors in the world; received the prestigious Emory Medal for distinguished service and notable professional and academic achievement in 2008; was awarded the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association 2010 Inspiration Award in recognition of exceptional efforts in motivating, inspiring and cultivating the clinical and research efforts of upcoming generations of cardiothoracic surgeons (he was only the second physician to receive this award); and was recognized as one of Emory University's History Makers during Emory's 175th Anniversary in 2011.
Tom R. DeMeester, M.D., Professor and Chairman Emeritus, USC Department of Surgery, is renowned for his work in foregut and pulmonary disease. He is the originator and developer of the field of noninvasive foregut ambulatory monitoring, and has made several key contributions to the understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of diseases of the esophagus and their surgical correction. He has over 430 publications in peer reviewed journals, 161 book chapters, 9 books and several videos and motion pictures to his credit.<br/>
Dr. DeMeester earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan and was an intern and chief resident in surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. After serving as assistant chief, Thoracic-Cardiovascular Surgery Service at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, he joined the University of Chicago, where he rose to the rank of tenured professor and chief of the Thoracic Surgery Division. He spent seven years at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, as professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery before joining USC as chairman of the Department of Surgery in 1990. In 2009 he retired from the chair to focus on clinical practice, teaching and research.