by Madeline Linnell ‘17
Gordon College alumnus and former professor Theodore Malloch ’74 is President Trump’s likely European Union (EU) Ambassador nominee. Malloch taught in the Political Studies Department from 1979-1983. As a student, he was involved in the Tartan, serving as the News Editor.
Biblical Studies Professor Marv Wilson remembers Malloch as “a solid student, thoughtful and rather serious in demeanor.” Fellow ’74 classmate and now Gordon History Professor, David Goss, said of Malloch, “I remember him as intellectually very bright, perceptive, insightful and articulate—with a dry sense of humor.”
Goss also noted that Malloch, a Gordon alumnus, donated “a magnificent, framed medieval brass rubbing of a knight’s tomb effigy, which currently dominates the main staircase in Frost Hall.” Goss adds, it’s “a work of art I especially like.”
Since his employment at Gordon, Malloch has worked for numerous academic and political institutions. He was employed by the U.S. State Department in the Bureau of Research and Intelligence; he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto; was a research professor at Yale University’s Spiritual Capital Initiative; was senior fellow at Saïd Business School at Oxford University and served as a board member of the Templeton Foundation.
Malloch was also Deputy to the Executive Secretary in the UN Economic Commission for Europe between 1988 and 1992. He currently teaches leadership and governance at the Henley School of Business in the UK and serves on numerous corporate and not for profit boards.
Malloch now stands as the likely nominee for EU Ambassador. However, many EU officials are disgruntled by the potential nomination. EU officials believe Malloch to be unsupportive of the EU and therefore, unwelcome. Gianni Pittella, Socialist MEP, asked that President Trump reconsider the appointment.
Speaking to The Guardian, Pitella said, “For the sake of the current and future relationship with the US administration, we strongly recommend President Trump not appoint Mr Malloch as next US ambassador to the EU. Should President Trump be otherwise willing to challenge Europe so blatantly, I think the EU should then declare him ‘persona non grata’.”
In a BBC Interview, Malloch said he thinks the EU will be “redefined” in a number of months, because of upcoming elections within different European countries that will help shape a new European identity. Furthermore, the Euro currency is “not only demised,” he said, “but has a real problem and could in fact collapse in the coming year or year and a half.” In another BBC interview, Malloch said he served on the team that “helped bring down the Soviet Union,” and he continued, “Maybe there’s another union needs a little taming.”
Malloch offered this exclusive quote to the Tartan. He said, “I believe Europe is suffering from radical secularization and is detached from its Christian moorings and increasing its living on the fumes of its past spiritual legacy.”