From the President: Transitions: Appreciation, Excitement, Commencement, Celebration!
Dear Seminary Friends:
As I approach the end of my time as president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia (LTSP), I want to once again express my deep appreciation to our trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, bishops, synods, donors, and friends for all your support over the last 15 years. As I close out my tenure at LTSP both in teaching and administration, I will use the next year to take a deep breath and discern what God has in store for the next chapter of my life.
I am excited and pleased at the Board’s election of my successor, the Rev. Dr. David J. Lose, who begins his duties at the beginning of the new academic year. Dr. Lose is the Marbury Anderson Professor of Homiletics and former Dean at our sister Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and earned his MDiv and STM at LTSP. The seminary is most fortunate to have been able to enlist Dr. Lose as the school’s next president! It is such an honor to be succeeded by someone so talented and capable. With his service my tenure will be bracketed by two great professors of homiletics. Dr. Robert Hughes, who was also an alumnus of LTSP, passed the mantle to me, and I proudly pass the stewardship of this wonderful school to Dr. Lose.
You can read more about Dr. Lose in this issue of PS Portions. The issue features more background about him and photos of his on-campus visit earlier this week.
Other highlights in this edition of Portions include an interview with the Rev. Dr. Frederick Houk Borsch, for whom the seminary’s Anglican Chair has just been named. Also in this issue is an article about alumnus the Rev. Keith Anderson, and a focus on the seminary’s approach to teaching (and living out) public theology and advocacy in the name of Christ, featuring Dr. Katie Day of our faculty, and alumni Bishop Dwayne Royster and the Rev. Ed Livingston. Dr. Royster was one of our three Distinguished Alumni recognized at this year’s recently concluded Spring Convocation. Enjoy the wrap-up of the event.
At this writing, we are less than a week away from the 150th commencement exercises, featuring former ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson as the main speaker.
To get you in the mood for celebrating the 150th anniversary of the seminary this October 16, visit the seminary’s web-based timeline history at LTSP150.org. Subchapters to the history will regularly be added to the timeline in the weeks and months immediately ahead. Enjoy!