J. Randall O’Brien ’87 S.T.M. has been named president of Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN, effective Jan. 1, 2009. O’Brien, who currently serves as the executive vice president and provost, professor or religion and visiting law professor at Baylor University, began his transition into the presidency of Carson-Newman on Aug. 1. In making the announcement, David Ogle, chair of the Carson-Newman Board of Trustees, said O’Brien “brings a breadth and depth of education, experience and understanding for the roles, challenges and opportunities required to ensure quality faculty and instruction, vibrant student life, and visionary leadership.”
Beth Anne O’Malley’86 M.Div. has been named the first dean of the chapel at Hood College in Frederick, MD. She will serve as a pastor and counselor for the Hood community, develop and implement creative programming to enrich the religious, spiritual and intellectual life of students, and represent the college in its relations with the surrounding religious community. Most recently, O’Malley served as co-pastor at the Columbia United Christian Church in Columbia, MD.
Frederick J. Sievert ’09 M.A.R., retired president of he New York Life Insurance Company, will be honored with the Huebner Gold Medal, the highest honor of The American College in Bryn Mawr, PA, during ceremonies on Nov. 20 aboard the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor. In announcing the award, Larry Barton, president and CEO of the college, said, “Fred was Chairman of the Board of Trustees during a period when The College was going through an enormous transformation. Because of his good humor, personal integrity, professionalism and visionary leadership, this institution is stronger than ever and continues to be the nation’s leading provider of advanced financial services education.”
John Lindner, director of YDS’s Department of External Relations and a member of the Leadership Council of Churches for Middle East Peace, is a signatory to a July 21 letter from CMEP urging the two Presidential candidates to make peace between Israel and the Palestinians a top priority of a new U.S. Administration. The letter was signed by the Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) Board and Leadership Council.
Adela Collins, Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation, was elected deputy president elect of the Society of New Testament Studies at a July 29-Aug. 2 in Lund, Sweden. At the society’s meeting in Vienna next summer, she we be president elect, and at the 2010 meeting in Berlin she will be president.
Melissa Pucci ’04 M.A.R., assistant director of admission at YDS, has been selected as one of eight “Women Making a Difference in the Valley” by the Valley Women’s Health Initiative. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Valley United Way and the Birmingham Group Health Services and has worked to secure a better life for residents of the towns in the Naugatuck (CT) Valley.
Janet Edwards ’76 M.Div. is headed back to church court on Oct. 1, according to a report from the Presbyterian News Service, even though charges brought against her for conducting a marriage ceremony for two women were dismissed in 2006. Edwards has argued that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s language on same-sex wedding ceremonies does not prohibit use of the denomination’s marriage liturgy but only advises against it.