College to inaugurate 25th president
April 2, 2010
A week of celebration will mark the inauguration of Dr. Dan McAlexander
as the 25th president of LaGrange College. From pomp and circumstance
to softball and service, the events April 12-18 will celebrate the life
and purposes of this 179-year-old institution.
The focal point will be the installation ceremony at 10:30 a.m.
April 16 on the Lewis Library plaza, when Dr. McAlexander will be
officially installed as president. It will begin with an original
fanfare written by Lee Johnson, Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Music.
Following the processional and remarks from members of the campus
community, greetings will be extended to the new president by three
special guests representing the communities served by the college:
Lynette Robinson, executive director of the New American Colleges and
Universities, representing higher education; Bishop Mike Watson of the
North Georgia Conference, representing the United Methodist Church; and
Mayor Jeff Lukken of the city of LaGrange, representing the city and
The program also includes the official presentation of the
presidential medallion and an address by the newly installed president.
However, the week will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, April 12, at Price
Theater with the Waights G. Henry Lecture featuring two internationally
known Bible scholars.
Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan will be featured during a
lecture Monday evening and a panel discussion the following morning at
11:15 a.m. in Price Theater. Their topic will be “To Walk in the
Presence of God.” Authors of numerous books and frequent guests on all
the major television networks, both are considered leading figures
among today’s historical Jesus scholars.
The LaGrange Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to the week’s
significance and recognize current and past college presidents at 7:30
p.m. Tuesday at Callaway Auditorium during its “Voices of Spring”
On Wednesday, a service of celebration and prayer will be at 7 p.m.
at First United Methodist Church, preceded at 6:40 p.m. by a concert
featuring organist Dr. Larry Wolz, Professor of History and Vocal
Pedagogy at Hardin-Simmons University. A candlelight tour of the campus
will be at 8 p.m., beginning at the College’s Chapel.
Dr. Drew Clark, Associate Professor of English at Auburn
University, will present the Jennie Lee Epps Memorial Lecture at 11:15
a.m. Thursday at Price Theater. He will speak on “The Bible as
Putting faith into action, a day of service will be hosted on
Saturday. Participants will roll up their sleeves and join in a cleanup
at West Point Lake, whose shoreline has suffered from recent flooding
The week will conclude at 3 p.m. Sunday when the LaGrange College
Singers present their spring concert at Callaway Auditorium.