David H. 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 College, 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 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 to the to 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.  

Lord Discusses Boyd Coffie

  • "...Boyd had become a great mentor for me throughout my days at Rollins.   Then when I cam back and worked at Rollins in the eighties, Boyd was a close friend..."







  • "...Getting the library finished...was such a focal point so much effort had been put into it, so much excitement had been generated and then to get two to three weeks before youíre going to dedicate the building with a big ceremony, and find out all the furniture is the wrong color..."




  • "...Rollins had no indoor facilities for athletics, they used to actually go down to practice at-what I think now is-Winter Park Junior High School, which is down near Harper Shepherd.   Harper Shepherd was the only locker rooms, our games were played at community colleges..."








  • "...Directorís dinners were a great chance for me to visit with students about food service, about residence halls-One of the issues that I remember at the time was Rollins didnít used to have...telephones in student rooms..."






  • "...Dr.  Seymour...was trying to change...student life and begin to get a little more of a serious academic atmosphere..."





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Lord Discusses the Need for Athletic Facilities

Lord Discusses Director's Dinners

Lord Discusses the Housing Review Board