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DATE: Dec. 12, 2005

Pastor, museum head to speak at commencement

DEARBORN---Patricia E. Mooradian, president of the Henry Ford, and Charles Adams, pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit, will give commencement speeches on Sunday, Dec. 18.


Mooradian will speak at a morning ceremony for graduates of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Management, and Adams will speak at an afternoon ceremony for graduates of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters and the School of Education.

Mooradian has more than 20 years experience in management, strategic planning and communications. Since joining the Henry Ford in 2000, she has developed a 10-year strategic plan for the history attraction focusing on increased attendance, new visitor experiences and amenities, new educational products and benchmark hospitality. In an effort to support Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village's master plans, she restructured the institution's daily operations and streamlined internal systems and procedures for greater efficiencies in areas such as marketing, education, visitor services and the call center. In addition she has introduced new tourism and sales initiatives. Mooradian also spearheaded the Henry Ford's brand development.

Prior to joining the Henry Ford, Mooradian was director of marketing for the Taubman Company, focusing on the strategic planning for more than a dozen shopping destinations across the United States in major markets including New York City, Denver, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Detroit.

Mooradian serves as a trustee on the Detroit campus board of the Henry Ford Health System; is on the board of directors for the Michigan Museums Association and the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) and she served a two-year term on the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau's executive board. Mooradian also is a member of UM-Dearborn's Citizens Advisory Committee.


Adams has served in the ministry for 50 years, with the last 36 years at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, one of the largest congregations in Detroit. Prior to that, he served as pastor of historic Concord Baptist Church in Boston. He has taught theology courses at Boston University, Andover Newton School of Theology, Central Baptist Seminary in Kansas City and Iliff School of Theology in Denver. He currently teaches at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit.

A native of Detroit, he attended Fisk University before graduating from U-M and Harvard University. He later become a doctoral fellow at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City and has received 10 honorary doctorates from institutions such as Morehouse College, Marygrove College, Dillard University, Morris College, Kalamazoo College and U-M.

In l989, Adams spoke on South African apartheid before the United Nations, and he also spoke before the World Congress of the Baptist World Alliance in Seoul, South Korea. In 1994, Adams was invited by President Clinton to accompany him to Jordan to witness the signing of the peace accord between Jordan and Israel. In October 1995, Adams delivered one of the William Belden Noble Lectures on Preaching at Harvard University, a highlight of his career.

Adams has served as president of the NAACP Detroit branch, and is a member of the board of the Baptist World Alliance, the World Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches. He also serves on the visiting committees of Harvard Memorial Church and Harvard Divinity School, and is chairman of the Harvard Divinity School Black Alumni Association.


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