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Nominations Open on Sept. 15 for Gardner-Webb Founders Medal

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Annual Award Presentation Highlights University’s Celebration of Founders Day

The founders medal

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Gardner-Webb will celebrate Founders Day on Nov. 30 in recognition of the date the University was officially chartered, which was on Dec. 2, 1905. A highlight of the observance is the presentation of the Founders Medal, which recognizes individuals who have contributed significant and distinguished service to the Gardner-Webb.  

The community is invited to nominate individuals for the University’s most prestigious honor beginning on Friday, Sept. 15, and going through Friday, Oct. 13. Two Founders Medals will be awarded. A full list of criteria and the nomination form can be found here.  

“I look forward to continuing the Founders Day tradition that we revived in 2022,” affirmed Gardner-Webb President Dr. William Downs. “Our University has such a rich and fascinating history, and Founders Day provides us with the perfect opportunity to celebrate the men and women who since 1905 have devoted so much labor and love to building this special place. I truly believe that the more we learn about GWU’s past, the more excited we will all be about what can be accomplished in our future.”  

Last year’s inaugural recipients were John and Linda Godbold of Rock Hill, S.C., and the late O. Max and Fay Webb Gardner.  

In addition to a dinner to recognize the Founders Medal recipients, this year’s festivities include a historical exhibit and the placing of a historical marker. The day concludes with the annual Festival of Lights program at 7 p.m.  

Gardner-Webb University is North Carolina’s recognized leader in private, Christian higher education. A Carnegie-Classified Doctoral/Professional University, GWU is home to nine colleges and schools, more than 80 undergraduate and graduate majors, and a world-class faculty. Located on a beautiful 225-acre campus in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb prepares graduates to impact their chosen professions, equips them with the skills to advance the frontiers of knowledge, and inspires them to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of others. Ignite your future at

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