By Rett Huntington
Students and faculty packed into the Indiana Wesleyan University Chapel-Auditorium Wednesday, April 3, for the induction of David Green into the Indiana Wesleyan University Society of World Changers. Green, the CEO and founder of Hobby Lobby, is the 11th inductee into the Society, which boasts members such as author Frank Peretti, former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy and musicians Bill and Gloria Gaither.
After a brief statement by President Henry Smith, Green was presented to the school by his daughter, who tossed glitter, proclaimed his success and titled him her hero before welcoming him to the stage.
After noting his nervousness to speak, Green launched into how he got started in the retail business. He expressed the inspiration his parents gave him and how they showed him the importance of integrity, giving and a life of prayer. Green then proceeded to describe the love he has for his employees and their families.
“The corporate office is there to serve,” Green said.
Hobby Lobby was founded by Green and his wife in 1970. Since then, the company has grown to include more than 500 stores across the United States. Green’s Christian faith and love of family have affected the company and how it is run, making sure the stores close at 8 p.m. every night and remain closed on Sundays.
“There has to be a balance between the hours you are open and family,” Green said.
Along with the work schedule of Hobby Lobby, Green makes sure all full-time employees are paid $13 per hour and all part-time employees are paid $9 an hour.
“I was impressed by how he showed how much he cared for his employees and family,” Ben Braswell (fr) said.
Company insurance was also announced by Green, whose statement that the company would not cover abortions drew roaring applause.
The revealing of the bust followed Green’s speech, and his wife was brought on stage to stand at his side. While previous inductees were presented with honorary doctorates, Green, who already holds an honorary doctorate from IWU, was presented with a Presidential Citation.