Dr. Charles S. MacKenzie, the fifth President of Grove City College, is an accomplished theologian, pastor and writer. As president, he led the College through the landmark 1984 Supreme Court case.

MacKenzie was President of Grove City College from 1971 to 1991. Under his leadership, the College increased enrollment and faculty, guided the school through a curriculum change, maintained the College’s debt-free status while improving the campus in six projects that totaled $38 million.

From 1991-92 he served as the College’s chancellor, after stepping down as president. In 1993, he was named adviser to the president and professor of philosophy and theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Fla. He is now a distinguished professor there. In 2003, he was named a senior fellow at Excelsis, a center for cultural studies.

Prior to his time at Grove City, MacKenzie taught at Princeton University from 1946-55, at the Manhattan School of Religion at Union Seminary in New York from 1965-67 and served as a lecturer at Columbia University, Stanford University, the University of Strassbourg, Beijing University and in Vienna, Austria, and Budapest, Hungary. He also received a fellowship in philosophy from Princeton.

Also a theologian, MacKenzie preached for 17 years at Avenel Presbyterian Church in Avenel, N.J., at the historic Broadway Presbyterian Church in New York, N.Y., and at First Presbyterian Church in San Mateo, Calif. He was a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force.

As a writer, MacKenzie published works on René Descartes and Blaise Pascal. He has more than 60 articles and book reviews published in professional journals and is the author of Trinity and Culture.

In 1998, he was honored with the DeTocqueville Award for his contribution to freedom, and in 2003, received the Gordon College distinguished alumni award.

MacKenzie is married to LaVonne “Vonnie” (Rudolph ’56) MacKenzie, a native of Grove City.


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