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