The Very Rev. Gary Hall ’76 Elected Chair of the EDS Board of Trustees

The Very Rev. Gary Hall

Cambridge, MA (June 9, 2015)--The Very Rev. James Kowalski has announced that he is retiring from Episcopal Divinity School's Board of Trustees, where he has served for five years and was elected chair three times. In a private message to fellow trustees, the Very Rev. Kowalski expressed his hope and prayers for a bright future for the institution he called "transformational in my life." Kowalski currently serves as dean of St. John the Divine Episcopal Cathedral in the Diocese of New York.
The trustees have named the Very Rev. Gary Hall '76 (pictured left) as chair of the board of trustees. Consistent with the board's traditional practice, an election of all officers will occur at the annual meeting to be held in October 2015. The Very Rev. Hall has served as dean of National Cathedral in Washington, DC, since October 2012. An ordained minister for more than thirty-five years, Hall currently serves as the National Cathedral's chief ecclesiastical leader and executive officer, working closely with the bishop of Washington and governing bodies to shape and support ministries to the city of Washington, the nation, and the world. 

In assuming this role, Hall said, "I am deeply grateful for Jim Kowalski's board leadership, and I look forward to working with trustees, faculty, students, alumni/ae, and staff as we chart the course for EDS in the coming decades. EDS has a unique role and mission in the church and the world. Together we can strengthen the school community, develop its resources, and ensure its sustainability in the years to come."

About Episcopal Divinity School

Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) is a progressive seminary and theological graduate school for lay and ordained leaders of all denominations. Committed to a mission of social justice and inclusive education and grounded in the Anglican tradition, EDS awards Masters’ degrees in Divinity and Theological Studies, Doctoral degrees in Ministry, and Certificates in Anglican Formation; Justice, Reconciliation, and Mission; and Christian Spiritualities for the Contemporary World.

EDS offers unparalleled flexibility in its programs. Students may complete their course of study as Traditional Learning students, in residence at the school’s historic Cambridge campus, or as Distributive Learning students, taking blended online classes and completing four weeks of intensive campus residency per year.

EDS graduates serve as lay and ordained ministers of the Episcopal Church as well as in other Christian denominations. They are also leaders in a variety of professions and industries, including non-profit executives, mental health professionals, social workers, community organizers, academics, artists, and writers, often in addition to their work as clergy or church leaders.

EDS is a member of the Boston Theological Institute, a consortium of ten eminent theological schools, seminaries, and departments of religion in the Boston area.

A seminary for the Episcopal Church, Episcopal Divinity School is grounded in the Anglican tradition and committed to growing in relationship with other Christian and faith traditions. Episcopal Divinity School is an academic community of biblical, historical, and theological inquiry that respects students as responsible learners with valuable experience, supports spiritual and ministerial formation, and provides tools for the life-long work of social and personal transformation.

Image of the Very Rev. Gary Hall via Washington National Cathedral (