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R. Judson Carlberg

In Memoriam

R. Judson Carlberg was the seventh president of Gordon College for 19 years until he stepped down in 2011. Over his 35 year tenure at Gordon, he was integral in promoting the school’s commitment to science by more than tripling the number of faculty and programs in the sciences.

Most recently, he and the Board of Trustees led the effort to raise $32,000,000 to build the Ken Olsen Science Center, an 80,000 square foot state-of-the-art science and technology center at the heart of Gordon’s campus. The dedication on Sept. 27, 2008, featured keynote speaker Dr. Francis Collins. Since early 2009, Carlberg has served as a board member of the BioLogos Foundation where he is devoting significant time to organizational development.

Carlberg is a native of Fall River, Massachusetts, and a 1962 graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois. He earned both his master’s degree and doctorate in higher education administration from Michigan State University and also earned a Master of Divinity degree from Denver Seminary where he now serves on the board of trustees.

Carlberg also served recently on several distinguished national boards including the Council for Higher Education Accreditation; National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; The Council of Independent Colleges; American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities; the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts; and the Christian College Consortium.

In 1999, Carlberg was one of 50 college presidents honored by the John Templeton Foundation for leadership in character development.

Carlberg was named Gordon’s chief academic officer in 1976 and later served as its chief development officer prior to being elected president in 1992. Before coming to Gordon College, he held a number of posts at Michigan State University and later served as academic provost at John Wesley College in Owosso, Michigan. After graduating from seminary, he served as the assistant minister of the Galilee Baptist Church in Denver. He and his wife, Jan, have served together as a leadership team for almost 50 years on campuses, in churches and in their communities.