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Grigsby addresses the gather crowd at the podium.

ABOVE: Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary celebrated the installation of Bryon L. Grigsby ’90 as the 16th president of Moravian College on Saturday, April 12, in Archibald Johnston Hall. (Photos by John Kish IV)


The Dream Becomes A Reality

Grigsby Formally Installed as College’s 16th President

Grigsby motions with his hand while standing at the podium in Johnston Hall.


On April 12, in front of a Johnston Hall crowd at his alma mater, Bryon L. Grigsby ’90 was officially welcomed home. In a ceremony steeped in tradition and pageantry, featuring prominent academic and community members, Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary formally installed Grigsby as the College’s 16th president. Grigsby used the occasion to reflect on the College’s history, his own educational experiences on campus, and the future of the institution, calling for Moravian to become a “new type of liberal arts college.”

“I am truly honored to be here today and humbled,” he concluded. “This is an immense honor to serve my alma mater — to serve my “soul mother.” Alma mater means soul mother. To become the president of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary has indeed been a dream for me.”

The inaugural weekend included a series of other celebrations, including the Hall of Presidents rededication in Comenius Hall, featuring the unveiling of former president Christopher M. Thomforde’s portrait, and a panel discussion by former presidents Herman E. Collier Jr., Roger H. Martin and Thomforde. Additionally, a campus volunteer event, titled “Hounds Around the Grounds,” was held the morning of the inauguration.

Inaugural Quotes

“When Bryon and I first met in September of 1986, as we were moving into the third floor of the Bernhardt dormitories as freshman Greyhounds, I don’t think we would have predicted this day. In hindsight, maybe we should have. As it happened for many of us, Moravian was able to play an important and special part in the development of who we were to become.” 
— Andy Hart ’90, Inaugural Co-chair

“Back in 1990, after Bryon graduated – and he graduated well – he came up to me and said, ‘Doc, someday I’m going to be president of Moravian College.’ I swear, he told me that.”
— Bob Burcaw ’51, Professor Emeritus of English

“President Grigsby, as a young leader, you have inspired me ... You drop casual terms like ‘20-year plan’ to me. It makes the students know you are going to be here for the long run. Because you care about this place and you care for the people in it.”
— Tim Semonich ’15, USG President

A Celebrated Inauguration

Forty-five class delegates, dating back to James Hughes ’47, and 60 representatives from colleges and universities celebrated Grigsby’s inauguration.

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