Inauguration of Park University President Dr. Greg Gunderson Set for April 22

Thursday, April 14, 2016

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Dr. Greg GundersonA ceremony to inaugurate Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., as the University’s 17th president, is scheduled for Friday, April 22, starting at 11:30 a.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus (overflow seating will be available in the David Theater inside adjacent Alumni Hall). The ceremony is open to the public.

Gunderson, who began his duties at Park on Jan. 15, will be inaugurated in the midst of Park’s 140th anniversary year. The event will also include the installation of Doug Fiore, Ph.D., as the University’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. Fiore began his duties at Park on Feb. 1.

A regalia-laden processional will kick off the inauguration as Park’s executive leadership, trustees and past presidents, along with visiting dignitaries, enter the Chapel to a trumpet march, followed by Park students, faculty and staff. Michael Collins, 2004 Park graduate, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, and president and chief executive officer of PortKC, will serve as the master of ceremonies for the event and will officially install Gunderson as president.

Following introductions and greetings, Salma Shahtout, a sophomore business administration/marketing major from Cairo, Egypt, and a middle blocker on Park’s women’s volleyball team, will provide reflections on the University’s motto, Fides et Labor (faith and labor). Erik Bergrud, associate vice president for alumni, constituent and employer relations, will read a short history of how Park University has evolved over its 140-year history.

In addition, welcome remarks will be presented by: Antoinette Madeira, Park University Alumni Council president and 1988 Park graduate; Ayla Parham, senior secondary education and biology major, and Park Student Government Association president; faculty representative Walter Kisthardt, Ph.D., professor and chair of social work; and future Park student Christian Leonard, a senior at Park Hill South High School in Riverside, Mo.

After the charge to inaugurate Gunderson as president and Fiore’s installation as provost, the University will host a celebratory picnic on the University’s front lawn with musical entertainment and yard games.

For those unable to attend, a live stream of the event can be viewed via Park’s video portal at