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President D. Michael Lindsay, Ph.D.

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The inauguration of D. Michael Lindsay, Ph.D.

Friday, October 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. M.

Kesler Student Activity Center

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Mr. Michael Lindsay, Ph.D., became president of Taylor University on 16 August 2021. As president, Lindsay is committed to furthering the university's distinctive mission of providing excellent, Christ-centered higher education and strengthening its promising prospects for future growth and development. .

Lindsay previously served as president of Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. His decade-long tenure as Gordon's eighth president coincided with record years of fundraising, diversity on campus, sponsored research, athletic success, and expression of faith on campus. In October 2019, under Lindsay's leadership, Gordon publicly announced Faith Rising: The Campaign for Gordon College, with the news of a transformative gift that was the largest ever given to a Christian college. In the end, the campaign exceeded its target by 43% and helped position Gordon with greater financial strength and opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.

Before coming to Gordon, Lindsay was a member of the sociology faculty at Rice University, where she won multiple awards for both her teaching and academic research. He is the author of two dozen scholarly publications and numerous books, including Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction in 2007, and its award – winner Top view that has been translated into Chinese and Japanese. His most recent book, Hinge Moments was released globally on the Taylor campus in 2021 and is published with InterVarsity Press.

Lindsay earned her Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University and graduate degrees in theology from Wycliffe Hall at Oxford University and Princeton Theological Seminary. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Baylor University, where he has been named Outstanding Young Alumnus


Lindsay has been married for over 25 years to his wife Rebecca, an accomplished teacher and speaker who serves as Taylor's Ambassador for the University. They are the proud parents of three daughters, Elizabeth (17), Caroline (11) and Emily (11).

* Photos courtesy of Mark Spooner.

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