Posted by William Nunnelley on 2012-02-01

Dr. Michael Lindsay, author and president of Gordon College in Massachusetts, will be featured in the annual A. Gerow Hodges Lectures in Ethics and Leadership Feb. 15-16 at Samford.

Lindsay, author of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize-nominated book Faith in the Halls of Power, will lead a session entitled “Should Christians Seek Power?” Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. in Bolding Studio.  A reception and book-signing will follow.

He will speak on the topic “Does God Care How I Vote?” Thursday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. in Reid Chapel.

Both sessions are open to the public and to students, although the Thursday program is targeted toward students.

Lindsay, a sociologist, is a graduate of Rice, Princeton and Oxford universities.  He is this year completing the PLATINUM Study, the largest interview-based examination of senior organizational leaders—including former Presidents Carter and Bush and hundreds of CEOs at the nation’s largest corporations and nonprofits.

He taught at Rice from 2006 until 2011, when he was named the eighth president of Gordon.

The Hodges Lectures are sponsored by the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership at Samford.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.