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VTS Dean/President Search Underway

12/4/2006
[Episcopal News Service]  The Board of Trustees of Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) and its nominating committee have announced an international search for its 15th dean and president to take office in mid-2007. The search begins as The Very Rev. Martha J. Horne approaches her retirement after 12 years of distinguished service and leadership. Nominations are being sought for this important post. The Committee will review expressions of interest through February and conduct initial interviews in March.

The 12-year tenure of Dean and President Martha Horne has been an era of development, growth and change. The recruitment and nurture of a talented and accomplished faculty and staff, continued financial soundness, robust enrollments, distinctive programs, a beautiful campus with well-maintained facilities, and a dedicated Board of Trustees are measures of the achievements of Dean Horne and of the strength and readiness of VTS for the future. This moment is truly one of opportunity for the new Dean and President.

If you know of individuals within the Anglican Communion who could provide outstanding leadership to our seminary, please e-mail VTS@academic-search.com. Please include contact information for the prospective candidate.

A Perspective on VTS and Leadership Priorities Report will provide more information about VTS and the position.

The Committee is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. of Washington, D.C., and the Seminary invites you to call or e-mail our consultant, Dr. Herman Collier, at 910-695-9953 or hec@academic-search.com to discuss the position or to suggest possible candidates. Potential Candidates may contact Dr. Collier directly as well. Information provided will be held in strict confidence.

The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. Candidates should submit a letter of interest and a resume along with names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of five (5) professional references. Nominations and expressions of interest, which will be treated in confidence, should be sent electronically (MS Word) to Dr. David H. Charlton, chair of the Nominating Committee, at VTS@academic-search.com.

Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church and was founded in 1823. The school prepares men and women, representing all eight of the domestic provinces of the Episcopal Church, as well as students from several different provinces and countries within the Anglican Communion, for service in the Church, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas.