The Bexley Seabury Federation’s board of directors met on May 15 and 16 in Chicago.
At the meeting, the board approved a new academic leadership. Beginning July 1, the Rev. Dr. Tom Ferguson, will be the Federation’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of Bexley Hall. Ferguson has been dean of Bexley since 2011. The Rev. Dr. Ellen Wondra, who has been academic dean at Seabury since 2009, will become research professor of theology and ethics.
In his new position, Ferguson will be responsible for academic affairs and faculty at the Federation’s programs in both Columbus and Chicago. Wondra will return to research and teaching, most immediately with a weekend intensive course in global Anglicanism during the spring semester in 2015.
“I am grateful to Ellen and Tom for their joint service during the federation’s formation, and I am delighted that Ellen can now complete several writing projects and return to full-time teaching.” said Federation President Roger Ferlo. “I look forward to working closely with Tom in his new position as we continue to expand our seminary ‘beyond walls.’”
The board thanked ten outgoing members: Mrs. Eleanor Chabraja, the Rev. Canon Carlson Gerdau, Mr. James H. Hawk, Ms. Katharine R. Koeze, the Rev. Wendy Lane, the Rev. Eugene Y. Lowe, Jr., Mr. Roger Lumpp, the Rt. Rev. Kenneth Price, the Rev. Jeffrey Queen and the Rev. Dr. Gwynne Wright, welcomed six new members, and elected its officers for 2014-2015. The Rt. Rev. Mike Klusmeyer will continue as president, while the Rev. John Denson (Seabury DMin 2009) will be vice chair, replacing the Rev. Alan Gates who was elected bishop of Massachusetts on April 5. The Rev. Charlotte Reed (Seabury ‘97) will serve as secretary and Michael Galvin will be treasurer.
The directors voted to establish the position of trustee emeriti in order to gain the counsel of longtime leaders of both Seabury-Western and Bexley Hall. Vice President for Advancement and Church Relations Conrad Selnick will oversee the recruitment of the new group, which will be named in the fall of 2014.
The board’s next meeting will be a strategic planning retreat in October in Indianapolis.