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e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 4/8/14
A close-up headshot of Bryon Grigsby

ABOVE: Bryon L. Grigsby ’90 will be celebrated as Moravian College's 16th president during an April 12 Inauguration on campus.


Moravian College to Celebrate Inauguration of Bryon L. Grigsby ’90 This Weekend

Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary will celebrate the installation of Bryon L. Grigsby ’90 as the 16th president of Moravian College on Saturday, April 12, in Archibald Johnston Hall on the institution’s Main Street Campus. The ceremony is part of a weekend of events intended to formally introduce the College’s new president – both to the greater Lehigh Valley region and to higher education institutions – and to recognize the achievements of America’s sixth-oldest college.

The Inaugural installation ceremony and associated festivities are co-chaired by trustee Andy Hart ’90, and his wife, Eli Shute Hart ’91, who were appointed by President Grigsby and the Moravian College Joint Board of Trustees. “The change in leadership at the presidential level of the institution is one of the most significant and important transitions a college makes, and it gives us tremendous pride to see our classmate and friend prove himself to be the right person to lead Moravian College into the future,” said Andy Hart. “As alumni, there is no better time to recommit ourselves to supporting Moravian College and Bryon as they continue to perform the worthy mission of preparing students for leadership in the world today and into the future.”

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 neighbors in the Lehigh Valley community, and friends across the nation.

“I hope that you all attend Inauguration because this isn’t about me, it’s about our College,” Grigsby told an on-campus gathering recently. “It’s a unique time to come together because this is our College together.”

The Inaugural celebration kicks off on Friday, April 11, with a Hall of Presidents Rededication at 6 p.m. in Comenius Hall. The space will be formally rededicated and includes the unveiling of former president Christopher M. Thomforde’s portrait, completed by artist Ellen Cooper this past fall. It will be followed by an event titled “The Moravian Presidency, 1969-2014: Challenges of Higher Education,” an overview of 45 years of leadership by former Moravian presidents Herman E. Collier Jr., Roger H. Martin, and Christopher M. Thomforde. The discussion, moderated by student trustee Trevor Glanville ’14, will begin at 8 p.m. in Prosser Hall.

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 the Priscilla Payne Hurd campuses. It begins at 9 a.m. An Inaugural lunch follows from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the installation ceremony in Archibald Johnston Hall scheduled for 2:30 p.m. An academic procession, consisting of more than 300 faculty and staff, alumni and student delegates, trustees, and university and college delegates, will start at 2 p.m. from Comenius Hall.

The College will host several speakers during the Inaugural ceremony, including Robert Burcaw, professor emeritus of English at Moravian College and Grigsby’s former teacher; Tracy Fitzsimmons, president of Shenandoah University and Grigsby’s former colleague, and Tim Semonich ’15, Moravian’s United Student Government president. Other individuals providing greetings to the president are Andy Hart, trustee and honorary Inaugural co-chair; Joyce Hinnefeld and Deborah Appler, faculty members; Helen Coleshill, a Seminary student; Robert Donchez, Bethlehem mayor; and Carmen Twillie Ambar, Cedar Crest College president and chair of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVIAC).

Saturday’s events continue into the evening with “Past, Present, Future: Moravian Traditions,” an Inaugural jazz concert in Foy Hall, with a reception to follow, at 7:30 p.m. in Payne Gallery. The concert will include the Moravian College BIG Band, consisting of approximately 25 undergraduate musicians, and the Moravian College Jazz Hounds, a Big Band composed of Moravian College alumni. The big bands won’t be just sharing a stage, but playing simultaneously as one. In addition to this potential groundbreaking performance, the concert will feature a student-composed piece by Chris Aguayo ’15 and Michael McAndrew ’15. The piece is titled “Mighty Mo,” a more-than-subtle reference to Moravian College, as well as President Grigsby’s greyhound, Mo.

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.

For more information about the Moravian’s Inauguration, including details about the schedule, contact the Inaugural Office at 610-861-1467. Or visit the Inaugural website,

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