D. Michael Lindsay, PhD, will assume the Office of the President of Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, on August 16, 2021. As president, Lindsay will further the university distinctive mission in providing excellent, Christ-centered higher education and strengthen its promising prospects for future growth and development.
Lindsay previously served as president of Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. His decade-long tenure as the eighth president of Gordon coincided with record years of in terms of fundraising, campus diversity, sponsored research, athletic success and faith expression on campus. In October 2019, under Lindsay’s leadership, Gordon publicly announced Faith Rising: The Campaign for Gordon College, with news of a transformational gift that was the largest ever given to a Christian college. The campaign is wrapping up this spring with a goal of raising $130 million to meet the evolving and dynamic needs of current and future students around affordability, academics and Christian community.
Prior to arriving at Gordon, Lindsay was a member of the sociology faculty at Rice University, where he won multiple awards both for his teaching and academic research. He is the author of two dozen scholarly publications and numerous books, including, which was nominated for the nonfiction Pulitzer Prize in 2007, and his award-winning View from the Top, which has been translated into Chinese and Japanese. His forthcoming book, Hinge Moments, releases April 27, 2021, with InterVarsity Press.
Lindsay earned his PhD in sociology from Princeton University and graduate theological degrees from Wycliffe Hall at Oxford University and Princeton Theological Seminary. He is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Baylor University where he has been named Outstanding Young Alumnus.
Lindsay has been married for 25 years to his wife Rebecca, an accomplished teacher and speaker who will serve as Taylor’s Ambassador for the University. They are the proud parents of three daughters, Elizabeth (17), Caroline (10) and Emily (10).