From President Phil Krey - Starting the 150th Academic Year

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Starting the 150th Academic Year

President KreyI’ve just come from bringing greetings to our new students as we open our 150th academic year. I am always excited to hear personally from such students of their commitment to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by undertaking seminary training. It is a major commitment on their part! You can read about some of them in capsule summaries provided in this issue of PS Portions.

Hearing their inspired expressions reminds me of one of my key objectives as my 15-year presidency here at LTSP winds down. That objective is to put on a firm foundation a new $10 million 150th Endowed Scholarship Fund initiative. Currently, the seminary does all it can to minimize the amount of debt seminarians incur to receive their training. But we need to do much more. Despite our current best efforts our students often face the kind of debt after commencement that seriously impacts their quality of life. The fulfillment of this anniversary initiative will make it possible for our deserving students to enter their careers in ministry debt-free! Won’t you join many others who have decided to support the next generation of leaders for the church by making a commitment to this campaign? We are well on our way!

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you for all you have already done to support this seminary and the noble work of our faculty and staff to partner with our students in the commitments they are making to join us in the classroom and at field work sites including congregations like yours.

I was excited in late August to greet a retired former faculty colleague, Dr. George Thompson, Jr., who has just made a commitment to establish The Rev. Dr. George Thompson Scholarship for African American PhD Students. Our dear alumna, Marva Rice, is the first recipient of this scholarship. You can read more about this important and generous initiative herein.

It is an exciting time on our campus as we begin a highlight anniversary year. Why not join us for a special event this fall or take a course at our wonderful school? Our special events this fall include the celebration Tuesday, September 24, of the 33rd anniversary Lecture adn Wroship Celebration of the Urban Theological Institute with the ecture and preaching by the Rev. Dr. DeForest “Buster” Soaries. On Tuesday, October 1, Dr. David Little of Washington, D.C., delivers this year’s O. Frederick Nolde Lecture on our campus.

Read more about these events in this issue of PS Portions.

Philip D.W. Krey