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: Herman Smith

Board size: 26

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 rating722 of 102285 of 118
Fund acquisition rating933 of 1025111 of 118
Resource allocation rating372 of 102539 of 118
Asset utilization rating575 of 102264 of 118

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$52,337,849$62,486,025$26,484,119$30,791,539$9,146,676
Short-term investments$20,885,133$31,729,574$10,508,622$10,055,033$8,832,002
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$84,318,025$96,013,226$38,360,777$42,857,853$18,746,347
Long-term investments$64,225,973$43,379,688$49,034,194$42,858,338$35,864,297
Fixed assets$52,099,269$55,333,181$55,116,837$57,403,148$62,206,409
Other long-term assets$688,501$400,305$2,700,944$704,900$916,877
Total long-term assets$117,013,743$99,113,174$106,851,975$100,966,386$98,987,583
Total assets$201,331,768$195,126,400$145,212,752$143,824,239$117,733,930
Payables and accrued expenses$1,654,575$2,166,729$2,791,846$1,541,178$1,285,947
Other current liabilities$10,513,653$1,929,606$1,811,159$2,291,344$1,977,674
Total current liabilities$12,168,228$4,096,335$4,603,005$3,832,522$3,263,621
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$8,577,405$8,022,086$7,079,901$8,744,556$10,277,663
Total long-term liabilities$41,972,733$43,174,568$41,804,728$42,955,275$46,706,582
Total liabilities$54,140,961$47,270,903$46,407,733$46,787,797$49,970,203
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$31,158,374$24,269,472$24,292,138$26,416,028$25,287,215
With donor restrictions$116,032,433$123,586,025$74,512,881$70,620,414$42,476,512
Net assets$147,190,807$147,855,497$98,805,019$97,036,442$67,763,727
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$12,719,686$59,085,163$11,748,236$33,469,811$11,216,669
Program service revenue$75,404,573$81,516,737$78,751,960$77,849,880$79,247,541
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$4,683,447$2,054,724$2,371,463$3,010,440$1,457,399
Other revenue$14,885$46,661$519,147($147,700)($840,582)
Total other revenue$80,102,905$83,618,122$81,642,570$80,712,620$79,864,358
Total revenue$92,822,591$142,703,285$93,390,806$114,182,431$91,081,027
Program services$79,559,003$83,656,971$81,485,743$78,407,415$77,885,238
Management and general$7,660,236$8,168,319$7,657,058$7,368,112$7,679,417
Total expenses$91,195,466$95,714,411$94,567,522$89,831,919$88,766,518
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$1,627,125$46,988,874($1,176,716)$24,350,512$2,314,509
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,627,125$46,988,874($1,176,716)$24,350,512$2,314,509


D Michael LindsayPresident$473,832
Paul EdwardsCdo and SVP Advancement$304,702
John TruschelVP For Finance and Bd$241,247
Daniel TymannEVP and Chief of Staff$198,774
Richard SweeneyVice President For Marketing & External Relations$197,475
Janel CurryProvost$188,048
Sandra DoneskiExecutive Vice President For Academic Affairs$153,694
Alexander LowryExecutive Director, Career & Connections Institute$147,435
Jewerl MaxwellVice President For Academic Initiatives$143,330
Sean ClarkProfessor of Kinesiology$141,915
Janet ArndtAssociate Professor of Education$134,574

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

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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.