News from EDS

William C. Nelsen Named Interim President of EDS

The Rev. Dr. William C. Nelsen

CAMBRIDGE, MA, September 2, 2016—The Rev. Dr. William C. Nelsen, an experienced college administrator, nonprofit executive and Lutheran pastor, will serve as interim president of Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) during the 20162017 academic year, the Rev. Dr. Gary Hall ’76, chair of the seminary’s board of trustees, announced today.

Update on Transitions at EDS

August 9, 2016

Dear Episcopal Divinity School community members:

In late July, the EDS board of trustees voted to end degree programs in June 2017 in order to conserve the seminary’s resources for its future mission. We’re writing today, as we hope to write periodically in the coming months, to update you on our progress.

Text of Board Resolution to Cease Degree Granting at Episcopal Divinity School

The following resolution was voted on by the EDS Board of Trustees on July 21.

Whereas the Board of Trustees of Episcopal Divinity School is committed to serve and advance God’s mission of justice, compassion and reconciliation; and

Whereas the Board of Trustees established a Futures Committee to reimagine how Episcopal Divinity School might continue to serve and advance that mission sustainably given the resources it has at its disposal; and

EDS to Cease Granting Degrees at End of 2016-17 Academic Year

Cambridge, MA, July 21—Episcopal Divinity School will cease to grant degrees at the end of the upcoming academic year, the seminary’s board of trustees decided today on a 11-4 vote. During the next year, the board will explore options for EDS’s future, some of which were suggested by a specially convened Futures Task Force to make plans for EDS’s future.

Statement by EDS Board Chairman Gary Hall

I want to begin by acknowledging all the feelings swirling around in the room. The extended EDS community has gone through a lot of change in recent years, and before I say anything else I want to express my deep thanks to Frank Fornaro, the administration, the faculty, and the staff and students for the ways they have come together to heal and stabilize the school.

EDS Board of Trustees Meet to Consider Futures Task Force Proposals

From July 19 to 21, Episcopal Divinity School’s board of trustees will meet to take the next decisive step in a two-year process to determine the seminary’s future.

In Remembrance of the Rt. Rev. Edmond Lee Browning

The Episcopal Divinity School community mourns the death of the Rt. Rev. Edmond Lee Browning, the 24th presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church. Bishop Browning’s prophetic actions in embracing outcasts and the “other” during his leadership guided The Episcopal Church towards a path of progressive inclusion.

Statement by Interim President and Dean Francis Fornaro on Recent National Events

This past week the EDS community has despaired for the victims of renewed violence, racism, and hate in the United States. The senseless killing by police officers of two black men, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, MN, followed by the senseless killing of five police officers in Dallas, TX, by a man deluded by hate and fear and determined to extract revenge, is yet another national tragedy for which we all must bear some share of responsibility. Our country is hurting and we hurt along with it.

Janine Dailey Named Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Janine DaileyEpiscopal Divinity School announces the recent appointment of Janine Dailey as the school’s vice president of institutional advancement. Dailey began her appointment in May 2016.