Academic & Disability Support Office

The Inauguration of President Bryon L. Grigsby ’90

April 11-13, 2014

On Saturday, April 12, 2014, Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary will formally install the College’s 16th president, Bryon L. Grigsby ’90, who took office in July 2013.

In keeping with President Grigsby’s commitment to make Moravian even more unified, accessible and inviting, the ceremony and the celebrations throughout the weekend will expand upon tradition and include many events open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and our neighbors in the Lehigh Valley community, and friends across the nation.

The Inaugural celebration kicks off on Friday, April 11, with a Hall of President’s Rededication at 6 p.m. in Comenius Hall, followed by a truly unique event titled “The Moravian Presidency, 1969-2014: Challenges of Higher Education,” as past Moravian presidents discuss 45 years of leadership. The discussion, moderated by student trustee Trevor Glanville ‘14, will feature Dr. Herman E. Collier Jr., Dr. Roger H. Martin, and The Rev. Dr. Christopher M. Thomforde. It will begin at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, April 12, a campus volunteer event, titled “Hounds Around the Grounds,” will feature a community service project on both the Main Street and Priscilla Payne Hurd campuses. It begins at 9 a.m. An Inaugural Lunch follows at 11:30 a.m., with the Installation Ceremony in Archibald Johnston Hall scheduled for 2:30 p.m. An academic procession will start at 2 p.m. Saturday’s events continue into the evening with “Past, Present, Future: Moravian Traditions,” an Inaugural Jazz Concert, with a reception to follow, at 7:30 p.m.

Inauguration weekend will conclude on Sunday, April 13, with a worship service in the Bahnson Center, followed by a reception. The service will begin at 10 a.m.

The Inaugural installation ceremony and associated festivities are co-chaired by Moravian College and Theological Seminary trustee Andy Hart ’90, and his wife, Eli Shute Hart ’91.

The Inaugural events are coordinated through the Office of the President by Deborah Evans, assistant to the president for projects, events and board support, and a planning and execution committee consisting of Jane Burcaw, Sylvia Doyle, Pat Hanna, Amy McHenry, Liz Yates, Tommy Kopetskie, Tim Semonich '15 and Inaugural secretary Nicole Rodriguez. For more information about the Moravian’s Inauguration, contact the Inaugural Office at 610-861-1467.