David Lord

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David Hill Lord came to Rollins College in 1980 as business manager. In 1983, he was appointed comptroller, responsible for the operations of the cashier's office, payroll department, and payment of operating expenses.

Lord was born on December 27, 1945. An alumnus of Rollins, he received his B.A. in 1969 and an M.B.A. from the Crummer School of Business in 1971. Then Lord accepted a position at Ithaca College, where he worked for nine years before returning to his alma mater as a staff member.

While he was a student at Rollins, Lord was very active in the college community. He served as a graduate assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs; the business manager for the baseball, basketball, and soccer teams; assistant editor of The Sandspur; President of the Interfraternity Council; President of the Sigma Nu fraternity (no longer at Rollins); and Chairman of the Rollins Fund Drive. Even after his graduation, Lord remained closely attached to the College. In 1976, he was elected as an Alumni-Trustee. During his tenure as business manager, each week he would invite fifteen students, chosen at random, to share a meal with him and the director of the food service to hear their suggestions and complaints. Lord received the Sullivan Medallion upon his graduation in 1969, the Alumni Service Award in 1981, and was elected to the Rollins College Board of Trustees in 1993.

In 1987, Lord became the business manager for Colorado College. He returned to Rollins to participate in the 2006 Convocation ceremony, where he was presented as an alumnus. Lord is known for his strong support of the current community service initiative at Rollins. He is also the sponsor of the David Lord Purchase Award for art pieces collected from the Winter Park art festivals that are currently on display in the Olin Library.

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Lord discusses Boyd Coffie

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Lord discusses a furniture delivery for the library

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Lord discusses the need for athletic facilities

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Lord discusses Director's Dinners

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Lord discusses the Housing Review Board