Join us October 12-14, 2018 at Taylor University
We invite you to come CONNECT and ENGAGE during Homecoming and Family Weekend

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Dick Gygi '67

Legion of Honor

Dick is the Founder of FUEL FOR GOOD, LLC, a private equity company in Nashville whose mission is to come alongside high-capacity Christ-followers to help them scale early stage Social Enterprise Companies for financial return and Kingdom impact. Formerly President of CPS Corporation and PlusMark, a subsidiary of American Greetings, the worldwide leader of seasonal gift wrap, Dick founded the Locker Room, the Nashville Affiliate for Halftime, as a coaching center for men and women who were on the journey from Success to Significance, seeking God’s calling for the Second Half. A practicing social entrepreneur in his Second Half, after 35 years in Corporate America, Dick was Co-founder of ThriftSmart and a founding Board member of the Nashville Social Enterprise Alliance. He was recognized by the Templeton Foundation and Civic Ventures as a Purpose Prize Fellow in 2007 for his innovative work with ThriftSmart, a Hybrid Social Enterprise.Company. Money magazine recognized Dick in 2014 for his work with ThriftSmart as a Money Hero (50 Heroes/50 States) in Tennessee for its annual tribute to unsung champions doing extraordinary work for the financial well-being of others. Dick and his wife Bonni graduated from Taylor in 1967, and the Kelley School of Business in 1969. They have served Taylor on the Parents Council, The Alumni Council and the Board of Trustees for the past 25 years. Married to Bonni for 49 years, they have four married children and seven grandchildren, and together actively serve as Marriage Coaches with Built2Last at Fellowship Bible Church in Nashville.

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Rich Honig '80

Distinguished Service Alumnus

Rich is the Chief Financial Officer and co-owner of Berne Apparel Company, a manufacturer and distributor of outdoor and work apparel. In addition, he has a long history of involvement with various non-profit and civic organizations – wearing many different hats, some of which include director, coach, and board member.  With an MBA from Cleveland State University and vast business experience, Rich’s service on Taylor’s Board of Visitors, involvement with Taylor’s Strategic Management Course, commitment as a member of the Council of 100, and on-going support of Taylor alumni relations in Fort Wayne makes him a notable recipient of the Distinguished Service award.

Rich resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana with his wife Kathi (Myers ’80). He has four adult children Meg (Honig) Heminger, Katie (Honig) Rish, Anna (Honig) Witte, Rachel Honig, and seven grandchildren.

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John Molineux '02

Distinguished Service Alumnus

John grew up in Helena, Montana before attending college at Taylor University.  He first came to Nepal in 2002.  Two years later he returned to Nepal and was inspired to start Tiny Hands. Since that time he has lived primarily in Kathmandu, Nepal where he continues his work establishing new programs for Tiny Hands and overseeing current ones. In addition to this work, John is a writer, thinker, lover of philosophy, and educator.   He was recently married to a Nepali woman, Aksha K.C., and the couple plans to continue living and working overseas for Tiny Hands and God's kingdom.


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Jana (Weir '96) Murphy 

Roselyn G. Kerlin Women in Leadership

Jana Murphy serves as Vice President, Government Affairs for Saab Defense and Security USA, a global provider of defense, security, air traffic control, airline and airport operations management, and data integration and distribution.  She oversees government affairs including the company’s relationships with Capitol Hill, the Executive Branch and manages the day to day operations of the Washington, D.C. office. 

During the George W. Bush Administration, Jana served as the  U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Chief of Staff as well as the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Assistant to the Secretary for Aviation Policy. Before joining DOT, Jana worked on Capitol Hill where she was Policy Director to Congressman Robin Hayes.  Prior to her federal service, Jana began her career in education, managed the daily affairs of 5-7 year old students — her most challenging assignment yet.

​She resides in the Washington, DC area with her husband, John P. Murphy and their two young children.

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Chant Thompson '75

Distinguished Service Alumnus

Chant has served as the Executive Director for the North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals (NACCAP) for the last 24 years. NACCAP strives to advance enrollment in Christian higher education through administering Christian University & College Fairs, as well as to provide vital professional development for Christian high school and university personnel; a service vital to Taylor’s continued advancement. Prior to Chant’s time at NACCAP, he served in a variety of educational and ministerial roles including pastoring in Indiana and California, teaching at Azusa Pacific University, and serving Huntington University for 14 years in the roles of Dean of Students and of Dean of Enrollment Management.

Chant resides in Huntington, Indiana with his wife Marcia (Cripe ’75). They are active members of Emmanuel Community Church in Fort Wayne. He has three adult children: Judd, Shea, and Bret. And last but not least, Chat is an enthusiastic Cubs fan!

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Dr. Skip Trudeau

Honorary Alumnus

Dr. Skip Trudeau has completed 18 years of service to Taylor University.  Skip came to the university in 1999 as the Associate Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life and has held the positions of Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Development, the position he currently holds.  He and his wife Jennifer have had three daughters, Libby '12, Maddy '15 and Gabby '17 graduate from Taylor and their fourth daughter Kitty is currently a sophomore at TU.  Sam, their son, intends to enroll as freshman in the fall of 2020.  Skip and Jennifer have greatly enjoyed their time at TU and look forward to many more years of ministry in this community.