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Andrew Sorensen, Advisory Board member, dies suddenly

Andrew A. Sorensen '62 B.D., '71 Ph.D., a member of the Yale Divinity School Board of Advisors, died suddenly on Sunday.  At the time of his death, he was senior vice president for development at The Ohio State University, president of The Ohio State University Foundation, and special assistant to the president for advancement. Previously, he had served as president of the University of South Carolina and, before that, as president of the University of Alabama.

SorensenYale Divinity School Dean Harold Attridge, in a message on Monday to the YDS community, said, “We are sorry to report that a beloved member of our Board of Advisors, Dr. Andrew A. Sorensen (BD ’62), passed away very suddenly yesterday.  His contributions to the School included the establishment of the Margaret Lindquist Sorensen Lectureship....We will remember him for his thoughtful advice and support during his time of service on the Board. Please remember Andy, his wife Donna and their family in your prayers.”

E. Gordon Gee, president of The Ohio State University, called Sorensen “one of the country's most distinguished leaders in higher education” in a statement Sunday. He said Sorensen “brought enormous energy, wisdom, and wit to his work, and his passion for public higher education made him an uncommonly effective advocate for the University.”

The Margaret Lindquist Sorensen Lecture at Yale Divinity School brought a number of distinguished lecturers to campus in the years since its founding in 1978 including, just earlier this month, J. Kameron Carter, associate professor in theology and Black church studies at Duke Divinity School.

Sorensen had also served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Florida, executive director of the AIDS Institute at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.