Photo by Edward Curran III
By Jack Sherman | Editor-in-Chief
On Friday, March 16, Carroll University will celebrate the formal inauguration of its 15th president and first female leader, Dr. Cindy G. Gnadinger. The inauguration will be the final event in a weeklong series ofcampus activities celebrating the university’s traditional roots and Gnadinger’s heritage as a native Kentuckian.
The ceremony itself is a Carroll tradition that dates back many centuries.
“It contains some elements you may be familiar with from the Commencement ceremony, such as an academic procession including the Mace bearer and faculty,” said Jeannine Sherman, the Director of Communications and Marketing at Carroll. “Gnadinger will officially receive the presidential medallion of office from the chair of the
board of trustees and will address those gathered.”
While some parts of the inauguration are informed by protocol, it also serves as an opportunity for the incoming president to publicly express her distinct vision and priorities. It also provides new presidents with the freedom to make Inauguration Week a deeply personal experience.
“The celebration reflects special Kentucky menu items in the MDR, a Hippity Hoppity
Kentucky Derby and photos with [the president’s dog] Truman,” said Sherman. Other
events will include a theatrical performance by The Carroll Players, a faith gathering at the Humphrey Memorial Chapel, a presentation and slam-poetry workshop by award-winning poet and activist Theo Wilson and more.
Gnadinger is excited for the chance to formally assume her role as head of the institution. “Carroll is impressive in every respect. In addition to its outstanding academic reputation, I was drawn to the university’s strong foundation in the liberal arts, its expanding role as a leader in the health sciences and its commitment to a culture of service in a diverse and global society,” said Gnadinger. “I am privileged to join Carroll and honored to serve our students, alumni, faculty, staff and community. Together, we have an opportunity to create, innovate and pioneer.”
Presidential Inauguration Week runs March 10-16. Visit www.carrollu.edu/inauguration
for more details.