College to Host Celebration of Life Service in Memory of Gordon Haaland

President Emeritus Gordon Haaland speaking at a college event in September 2014 (Photo Gettysburg College Communications and Marketing)

President Emeritus Gordon Haaland speaking at a college event in September 2014 (Photo courtesy of Gettysburg College)

By Benjamin Pontz, Managing News Editor

Gettysburg College will host a celebration of life service honoring President Emeritus Gordon Haaland on Sunday, December 10 in the College Union Building Ballroom beginning at 2:00 p.m. A reception will follow.

Haaland, who died in October due to complications from an ongoing illness, served as President of Gettysburg College from 1990 until 2004 and is credited with helping transform the college into a top liberal arts school with a global vision and the resources on campus to support it.

“Gordon Haaland was an exceptionally smart, strategic, and visionary leader for the College – yet also very approachable, down-to-earth and laid back,” said Joe Lynch, Executive Director of Alumni Relations in an interview with The Gettysburgian shortly after Haaland’s death. “As our 12th president, he should get tremendous credit for elevating the stature, programs, size, reputation and aesthetics of Gettysburg College. His 14-year run as President was the third-longest tenure of any of our presidents over the previous 100 years, and he had the right skills and temperament to excel in the job for a long period.”

The event is open to the public, and more information is available on the college’s event calendar.

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Author: Benjamin Pontz

Benjamin Pontz '20 serves as managing news editor of The Gettysburgian, a position he has held since the middle of his first year. In four semesters, he has written more than 100 articles on topics ranging from student activism on campus to sports. Ben previously served as the event coverage and social media coordinator and led the paper's inaugural efforts using Facebook Live and live tweeting events on campus. Aside from The Gettysburgian, he is a peer research mentor in Musselman Library, a research assistant in the political science department, and drum major of the Bullets Marching Band. He is a political science and public policy double major with a minor in music, and he reads up to seven newspapers daily. Follow him on Twitter @benpontz.

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