New Alumni Board officers, members elected

At the Annual General Meeting of Alumni held during Convocation and Reunions, four new members of the Alumni Board were elected, as well as a new slate of officers.

Heading the Board in 2010-11 as the new president is Jerry Henry ’80 M.Div., a partner of Alexander Haas Martin & Partners, a philanthropic strategy and fundraising consulting firm headquartered in Atlanta. Henry served previously as vice president of the Alumni Board.

BoardFollowing graduation from YDS, Henry was ordained in the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and served Grace Church, North Augusta, SC. In 1983, he was named national executive secretary for The Fellowship of United Methodists in Worship, Music and Other Arts. He become an Episcopalian in 1990 and is a member of the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta.

Joining Henry as officers are K.C. Choi ’95, BA, ’98 M.Div., vice president, and Ken Kuntz ’59, B.D., secretary.

Choi is assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ.  His area of study is Christian ethics, specializing in ecumenical—Catholic and Protestant—moral theology, political ethics, religion and culture, and aesthetics.

Kuntz, who has served as Board secretary for several years, was a member of the Department of Religious Studies faculty at the University of Iowa for more than 40 years, teaching courses on the Hebrew Bible and serving for a decade as Director of Graduate Studies in the department.  Previously, he taught at Wellesley College in its Department of Biblical History.

Elected to serve as new members of the Board were:

Damon Bradley ’68 B.D., is a lifelong leader in secondary education.  Ordained into the American Baptist Convention, Bradley began his career in the ministry. Later, he served as headmaster at the Landon School in Maryland and the Elliott-Pope School in California.

Angela (Batie) Carlin ’07 M.Div., a lay minister in the Roman Catholic Church, is pursuing a Certificate in Spiritual Direction at the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. She is a campus minister at Saint Louis University and a contributing author in From the Pews in the Back: Young Women and Catholicism.

AttridgeKristin M. Foster ’77 M.Div. has been pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Mountain Iron, MN for 22 years. She is also the developer and co-chair person of a local non-profit that offers youth life skills. She is a two-time recipient of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Horizon Internship Grant and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Luther Seminary.
Elijah Heyward III ’07 M.Div., a trained vocalist, actor, and visual artist, is director of the Youth Scholar Academy at the Washington, DC-based Institute for Responsible Citizenship. The Academy seeks to transform the lives of young African American men through faith, education, and cultural awareness.
Stepping down from the Board and honored at the meeting for their years of service were President Mary Ellen T. O’Driscoll ’02 M.Div., Thomas Duggan ‘59 B.D.,  Clinton Miller ’94 M.Div., and Timothy Poston ’93 M.A.R.
The Board also passed a change in bylaws to include the chair of class agents as an ex officio member of the Alumni Board.  The current chair of class agents is Jessica Anschutz  ’07 M.Div.

In his State of the School address to alumni, Dean Harold Attridge reported on admissions, enrollment, and school finances, drawn from a "Book of Numbers" that was distributed at the meeting.

For the entering class of 2010, one of the notable statistics is the jump in the number of  matriculating students pursuing the Master of Divinity degree, the core degree for students planning to be ordained.  The dean’s report showed that matriculating M.Div. students outnumber the  Master of Arts in Religion candidates by a 79-62 margin.  In recent years the number of students in the M.A.R. program, which prepares students for careers in the academy and in other professions, has been gradually creeping up.  The entering class in 2009, in fact, had 66 M.A.R. enrollees compared to just 61 in the M.Div. program.

Dean Attridge also reported that in 2010-11 expenses are expected to exceed revenues by about $400,000, reflecting the downturn in the country’s economy as a whole. But that shortfall, he noted, will be cushioned by a substantial reserve fund prudently built up over the years.