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President Philip Amerson Receives Eliza Garrett Distinguished Service Award

EVANSTON, Illinois, May 2011 – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s Leadership Team presented the Eliza Garrett Distinguished Service Award to President Philip Amerson for his exceptional leadership and service to Garrett-Evangelical. He received the award at the trustee dinner on May 12.

AmersonIn presenting the award to President Amerson, Academic Dean, Dr. Lallene Rector said, “We could not let the sun go down on this day without recognizing the incredible, visionary servant leadership that you have embodied among us.  It has been your vision, and your perseverance, and your service that bring us to this happy occasion of celebrating the tremendous strength of our seminary, and specifically the inspiration and gift of newly renovated spaces within which we and those who come after us, will for many years, worship, learn, rest, create, teach, and fellowship together. We know you have suffered many sleepless nights and more. Perhaps no one, other than Elaine, can fully appreciate the burden of responsibility you have undertaken for the sake of this school and for our well-being. So, it is with deep gratitude for all that you have done and for the privilege of working with you, that the Leadership Team, on this evening of May 12, 2011, presents you with an Eliza Garrett Service Award.”

After receiving the award, President Amerson said, “It is an honor, and quite a surprise, to receive this award. I am grateful to be able to work with the Leadership Team who have helped make all of these projects, renovations, and improvements to our beloved seminary possible.”

The Rev. Dr. Philip A. Amerson was inaugurated president of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, in June 2006.  He is also the professor of the sociology of religion. During President Amerson’s tenure as president, his leadership and vision have continued to make Garrett-Evangelical an extraordinary institution for the education and development of bold leaders for the church, the academy, and the world.

A cradle Methodist and Indiana native, President Amerson received a doctor of philosophy degree from Emory University in 1976, a master of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1971 and a bachelor of arts degree from Asbury College in 1967. He previously served as president of Claremont School of Theology and taught at several colleges and graduate schools. As an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, he served for 21 years as a pastor several congregations. He currently serves as president of the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools and as a member of several United Methodist commissions or task forces. President Amerson is married to Elaine, formerly the director of leadership for The United Methodist Church’s California-Pacific Annual Conference.

The Eliza Garrett Distinguished Service Award is presented in the name and spirit of Eliza Clark Garrett, who was the chief benefactor/founder of Garrett Biblical Institute.  The award is given to honor persons who by their imaginative acts of communal restoration and healing reflect God's mission and purposes for our world.

Garrett-Evangelical, founded in 1853, is a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 400 students from many denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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