Davidson College maintains a voluntary affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA), one of several denominations that are part of a broader Christian movement known as the Reformed Tradition.
This tradition, which developed through the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, has always prioritized humanistic, liberal arts education, and it affirms that institutions need to be “re-formed” over time in light of evolving cultural contexts.
Consequently, this living tradition spurs the College’s pursuit of new ways to respectfully engage current intellectual, social, and cultural realities, including our broadly diverse, pluralistic community of faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends.
As part of its ongoing commitment to educate the Davidson community about the college's relationship with the Reformed Tradition, in October 2016 the Board of Trustees created a working group tasked with preparing a report about Davidson's historical grounding in and current embodiments of the values and perspectives of the Reformed Tradition.
The report provides observations on the college's Statement of Purpose and includes a wealth of information about how the Reformed Tradition finds expression (both directly and indirectly) today at Davidson.
The group membership was: Ann Hayes Browning '79, Trustee Emerita; the Rev. Lewis Galloway '73, Trustee; Stephanie Glaser '92, Associate Vice President for Campus and Community Relations; Dr. John Kuykendall '59, President Emeritus; Dr. Doug Ottati, Craig Family Distinguished Professor of Reformed Theology and Justice; the Rev. Rob Spach '84, College Chaplain; and Elizabeth Welliver '16, Chaplain's Office Fellow.
The board received the report of the working group, titled "Reflections on the Reformed Tradition at Davidson College" at its April 4, 2017 meeting, and discussed it then and at the August 8, 2017 board retreat.