Gordon College

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Gordon College is a distinctive blend: an outstanding nationally ranked liberal arts institution that retains its roots in the Christian faith, a strong residential community, and a splendid location-just north of the intellectual hub of Boston, and right near the shoreline of Cape Ann. Our faith is the foundation for all that we are-individually, collectively and institutionally. With a spirit of support and collaboration, we are set free in Christ to think critically, engage new ideas and pursue truth.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Gordon College
255 Grapevine Road
Wenham, MA 01984

Website: gordon.edu

Phone: 978-927-2300

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 042104258

CEO/President: Michael D. Hammond

Chairman: Carrie Tribbles

Board size: 21

Founder: Dr. Adoniram Judson (A.J.) Gordon

Ruling year: 1941

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


Our primary responsibility is to prepare students for the long haul, to make them spiritually, intellectually, relationally and professionally ready for a lifetime of growth-from the first job out of college and beyond, into fields not yet existing. In a time when individuals are likely to switch occupations (not just employers) over the course of a career, a strong liberal arts education offers flexibility and agility.

Mission statement

Gordon College strives to graduate men and women distinguished by intellectual maturity and Christian character, committed to lives of service and prepared for leadership worldwide.

Statement of faith

The 66 canonical books of the Bible as originally written were inspired of God, hence free from error. They constitute the only infallible guide in faith and practice. A careful translation, such as the New International Version, is sufficiently close to the original writings in text and meaning to be entitled to acceptance as the Word of God.

There is one God, the Creator and Preserver of all things, infinite in being and perfection. He exists eternally in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Who are of one substance and equal in power and glory.

Humankind, created in the image of God, through disobedience fell from a sinless state at the suggestion of Satan. This fall plunged humankind into a state of sin and spiritual death, and brought upon the entire race the sentence of eternal death. From this condition humankind can be saved only by the grace of God, through faith, on the basis of the work of Christ and by the agency of the Holy Spirit.

The eternally preexistent Son became incarnate without a human father by being born of Mary, the virgin. Thus, in the Lord Jesus Christ, divine and human natures were united in one Person, both natures being whole, perfect and distinct. To effect salvation He lived a sinless life and died on the cross as the sinner's substitute, shedding His blood for the remission of sins. On the third day He rose again in the body which had been laid in the tomb. He ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He performs the ministry of intercession. He will come once again, personally and visibly, to complete His saving work and to consummate the eternal plan of God.

The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Triune God. He applies to humankind the work of Christ. By justification and adoption, humankind is given a right standing before God. By regeneration, sanctification and glorification, humankind's nature is renewed.

The believer, having turned to God in penitent faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, is accountable to God for living a life separated from sin and characterized by the fruit of the Spirit. It is the responsibility of the believer to contribute by word and deed to the universal spread of the gospel.

At the end of the age, the bodies of the dead shall be raised. The righteous shall enter into full possession of eternal bliss in the presence of God and the wicked shall be condemned to eternal death.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating698 of 111390 of 130
Fund acquisition rating947 of 1114115 of 130
Resource allocation rating379 of 111440 of 130
Asset utilization rating570 of 111376 of 130

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$43,770,387$47,241,294$52,337,849$62,486,025$26,484,119
Short-term investments$87,743,198$101,554,210$20,885,133$31,729,574$10,508,622
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$143,903,822$163,433,870$84,318,025$96,013,226$38,360,777
Long-term investments$1,177,591$1,555,722$64,225,973$43,379,688$49,034,194
Fixed assets$46,205,132$48,850,361$52,099,269$55,333,181$55,116,837
Other long-term assets$647,264$1,586,999$688,501$400,305$2,700,944
Total long-term assets$48,029,987$51,993,082$117,013,743$99,113,174$106,851,975
Total assets$191,933,809$215,426,952$201,331,768$195,126,400$145,212,752
Payables and accrued expenses$1,794,780$2,125,759$1,654,575$2,166,729$2,791,846
Other current liabilities$2,132,560$10,441,595$10,513,653$1,929,606$1,811,159
Total current liabilities$3,927,340$12,567,354$12,168,228$4,096,335$4,603,005
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$11,492,269$6,403,704$8,577,405$8,022,086$7,079,901
Total long-term liabilities$43,551,693$40,992,955$41,972,733$43,174,568$41,804,728
Total liabilities$47,479,033$53,560,309$54,140,961$47,270,903$46,407,733
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$39,659,421$38,059,146$31,158,374$24,269,472$24,292,138
With donor restrictions$104,795,355$123,807,497$116,032,433$123,586,025$74,512,881
Net assets$144,454,776$161,866,643$147,190,807$147,855,497$98,805,019
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$10,699,827$9,241,739$12,719,686$59,085,163$11,748,236
Program service revenue$56,350,598$73,102,265$75,404,573$81,516,737$78,751,960
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$9,790,328$25,024,121$4,683,447$2,054,724$2,371,463
Other revenue$33,740$32,623$14,885$46,661$519,147
Total other revenue$66,174,666$98,159,009$80,102,905$83,618,122$81,642,570
Total revenue$76,874,493$107,400,748$92,822,591$142,703,285$93,390,806
Program services$65,269,055$78,915,842$79,559,003$83,656,971$81,485,743
Management and general$7,553,341$7,600,001$7,660,236$8,168,319$7,657,058
Total expenses$75,541,560$89,528,409$91,195,466$95,714,411$94,567,522
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Surplus (deficit)$1,332,933$17,872,339$1,627,125$46,988,874($1,176,716)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,332,933$17,872,339$1,627,125$46,988,874($1,176,716)


D Michael LindsayFormer President (thru 06/2021)$304,708
Michael D HammondPresident (as of 07/2021)$289,040
Daniel TymannEVP and Chief of Staff$225,964
Sandra DoneskiEVP For Acad Affairs$195,027
Christopher JonesVP For Administration$193,223
Stephen D LacorazzaVP For Finance & CFO$190,026
Richard SweeneyVice President For Marketing & Ext.$180,348
Alexander LowryExecutive Director, Career & Connect$162,858
Jewerl Maxwellthru 102021VP For Academic Initiative$161,933
Britt Carlson EatonVP For Advancement (as of 10/2021)$141,312
Dr William BrownTrustee$5,000

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022

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Gordon College was founded in 1889 under the name Boston Missionary Training School. It is named for its founder, the Rev. Dr. Adoniram Judson (A. J.) Gordon, pastor of Boston's Clarendon Street Church and a prominent clergyman of the late 1800s. Within 30 years, Gordon grew well beyond the facilities it had used in various locations in Boston and in Newton, Massachusetts, as its student body expanded. The College then moved to the Fenway section of Boston, into a facility that was financed through a very generous gift given by Martha Frost.

The Big Move

Our growth soon surpassed even the Fenway facilities. In the late 1940s, James Higginbotham, a student pastor at Gordon Divinity School, approached Frederick Prince about selling his well endowed Wenham estate to Gordon. Impressed by Higginbotham, Prince sold the 1,000-acre estate to Gordon for a very small sum and donated a large sum to construct what would become the Prince Memorial Chapel. In 1955, Gordon moved to Wenham, Massachusetts, selling its old facilities to Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT).

One Man's Vision-Two Realities

The College and associated divinity school flourished on Boston's North Shore. In 1970, the divinity school separated from the college and merged with the Conwell School of Theology (formerly in Philadelphia). The merged schools settled about two miles from the Gordon College campus, forming the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Though they share a common heritage, the college and seminary are no longer formally linked.

Common Goals

In 1985, Gordon merged with Barrington College (formerly in Barrington, Rhode Island); the combined school retained the name of Gordon College. At the merger, Barrington's distinguished history of Christian service and faithfulness became a part of Gordon's history. Both schools shared a common vision for Christian higher education, ministry, and service that made a merger of the institutions sensible for both schools. Gordon has worked to integrate Barrington's tradition and history into its own.

Program accomplishments

Gordon continues to be recognized for its commitment to educational excellence and its financial value. Gordon is one of the few Christian colleges to be included in both the Princeton Review's Best 380 Colleges and the US News and World Report's Best National Liberal Arts Colleges. Quality and value: these are the hallmarks of a wise investment with longstanding benefits. Many schools can tout one or the other, but rare is the institution that offers both.