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The inauguration of Gardner-Webb University’s 13th president, originally scheduled as a week-long celebration in March 2020, was one of the many events cancelled because of the Covid-19 global pandemic. Instead of the traditional ceremony with a large gathering, Dr. William M. Downs was sworn in as Gardner-Webb’s president on Aug. 6, 2020, in a small service attended by family, friends and GWU officials.
Office of University Communications, "Dr. William M. Downs Officially Inaugurated as Gardner-Webb University’s 13th President" (2020). Gardner-Webb NewsCenter Archive. 2.