On Friday, November 4, 2005, the university inaugurated Dan L. Boone to fill the office of president following the retirement of Millard C. Reed, Trevecca’s president since 1991. Held in the sanctuary and overflow areas of Trevecca Community Church, the ceremony was witnessed by an audience of alumni, friends of Trevecca, delegates from 27 other universities, and the university family—students, trustees, faculty, and employees.
The ceremony included greetings from the student body, the faculty/ administrators/staff of Trevecca, Trevecca alumni, the Church of the Nazarene, Nazarene Higher Education, and the Nashville Community. Jonathan Moore, president of the Associated Student Body, presented President Boone with a guitar, a gift from the students. In his greetings from the city, Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell took note of that gift and with his hand over his heart said, “When I saw the students present Dr. Boone with a guitar, I knew that all was well.”
The investiture of President Boone was conducted by Larry D. Dennis, chairperson of the Trevecca Board of Trustees. It was followed by the transfer of the chain of command from President Reed to Dr. Boone; the chain, composed of links on which are engraved the names of Trevecca’s former presidents, is worn by Trevecca’s president for official ceremonies.
In his inaugural address/challenge President Boone noted that new presidents are supposed to come prepared with new plans, new initiatives, but he asserted, “I am not interested in the newness that is merely novel. I am not interested in newness that is disconnected from history, tradition, and ancestors. This newness is cheap and gimmicky . . . . I am interested in the God who makes all things new.” Later he concluded with his vision for Trevecca. He said, “[Trevecca] exist[s] to be useful to the purposes of God in this present age. God is at work right now, making all things new. We are called to participate in this work. The Trevecca experience is not measured by a head filled with knowledge, but by a life shaped for meaningful service. Trevecca graduates will go into the world, filled with the Spirit of God, rooted in the wisdom of our ancestors, mentored by caring professors, sustained by lifelong friendships, and skilled in specific practices. And we will do our work in the name of Jesus, the one who makes all things new.”
Boone, a 1974 graduate of Trevecca, is also a graduate of Nazarene Theological Seminary and McCormick Theological Seminary. Prior to accepting the presidency of Trevecca, he had been the senior pastor of the following Churches of the Nazarene: New Salem, Mississippi; Raleigh, North Carolina; Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene in Nashville, Tennessee; and College Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais, Illinois.