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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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