News from EDS

November 14: Update on Transitions at EDS

November 14, 2016

Dear Episcopal Divinity School community members:

From October 27 to 29, the EDS board of trustees met on campus in Cambridge. This was the first opportunity for the full board to meet face-to-face with Interim President Bill Nelsen, who joined EDS in September. He extended a gracious welcome to us on campus and at the deanery, and participated fully in our meetings. We are grateful for President Nelsen’s warm and steady leadership during this year of transition.

Professor Kwok Pui Lan Receives FTE Mentoring Award

Kwok Pui Lan

CAMBRIDGE, MA, November 10, 2016—Dr. Kwok Pui Lan, William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality at Episcopal Divinity School, was granted the Excellence in Mentoring Award by the Forum for Theological Exploration and the Mentoring Consortium.

The Excellence in Mentoring Award is an annual recognition conferred upon individuals or institutions for exemplary work in the cultivation of scholars of color, and highlights those who have developed and implemented best practices and models that other theological educators and schools may emulate.

Letter from President William C. Nelsen to the EDS Community

September 27, 2016

Dear EDS Community:

What is God calling EDS to become at this point in its history? How can we most effectively impact the critical issues facing church and society? These are perhaps the most fundamental questions that I and all of us connected with EDS face at this time.

September 13: Update on Transitions at EDS

September 13, 2016

Dear Episcopal Divinity School community members:

We’re writing today, as we did last month and as we’ll continue to do this academic year, to update you on our progress toward developing a sustainable plan to conserve the seminary’s resources for future mission.

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.