Lead StoryMeet Greg Sterling, the next dean of Yale Divinity School

In 1990, YDS Dean Harold Attridge was a professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Theology when Gregory E. Sterling, an up-and-coming New Testament scholar from the Graduate Theological Union, joined the faculty as an assistant professor. Now, two decades later, Attridge has the pleasure of welcoming Sterling once again—this time to Yale Divinity School, where Sterling will succeed Attridge as dean. The much-anticipated announcement of the identity of the new dean came on the morning of March 1, just as students and faculty were putting the finishing touches on the first half of the semester’s work prior to the beginning of spring break the next day. In an e-mail to the YDS community, Yale President Richard Levin announced his decision.  That announcement was followed three hours later by a packed gathering in the YDS Common Room at which Levin introduced Sterling in person. >Go to story

LevinPresident Levin announces selection of new dean to YDS community
Yale President Richard Levin on March 1 announced the selection of Gregory E. Sterling, dean of the Graduate School at Notre Dame, to succeed Harold Attridge as dean of Yale Divinity School, effective Aug. 1.  Levin noted that, under Sterling’s leadership, Notre Dame graduate applications increased dramatically, including those from African American and Latino applicants, whose matriculation rate more than doubled.  Levin praised the work of a special search committee tasked with recommending candidates for the deanship and also thanked representatives from the YDS Advisory and Alumni Boards, and the Berkeley Divinity School Board of Trustees, for their input. >Go to story

Search committee members offer assessments of new dean
In their search for a new dean, members of a special committee appointed by President Levin reached inside and outside Yale and solicited input from the broader YDS community, including alumni.  Chairing the committee was John J. Collins, the Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation.  Committee members attached a number of descriptive phrases to the new dean: “his energy and affability,” “first rate administrator and scholar who embodies a spirit of appreciation for traditions and celebration of plurality,” “blends an active commitment to the church with a passion for teaching and scholarship,” “has a well-earned reputation as an energetic and creative administrator with a talent for facilitating the work of others,” “a love for and commitment to the church and its diversity,” “an engaging, dynamic person who works superbly with other people.” >Go to story

The next regular edition of Notes from the Quad will be published on March 12

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Common Room welcome to incoming YDS dean

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