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Dr. Elaine Amerson Honored with the Eliza Garrett Distinguished Service Award

October 24, 2013

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary was overjoyed to present the Eliza Garrett Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Elaine Amerson, spouse of President Philip Amerson, for her many years of selfless service to the seminary community. President-elect Lallene Rector presented the award to Dr. Amerson at a community meal held in honor of President and Dr. Amerson. The award is given in the name and spirit of Eliza Clark Garrett to honor a person, who by their imaginative acts of communal restoration and healing, reflect God’s mission and purposes for our world.

Dr. Amerson has served Garrett-Evangelical in multiple capacities and has never failed to enrich the lives of our students, faculty, and staff. As Assistant Vice-President for Enrollment Management, she was responsible for bringing in one of the largest entering classes in the history of Garrett-Evangelical. In her role as Special Assistant to the President, she piloted a program to foster a spirit of volunteerism, which invited Garrett-Evangelical’s students on scholarship to find ways to do “good works” and to give back to the seminary. Lastly, Dr. Amerson has been heavily involved with innumerable events and special projects for Garrett-Evangelical.

When presenting Dr. Amerson with this award President-elect Rector said, “The contributions Elaine has made to changing lives and preparing leaders who have and who will continue to make a difference in the world is incalculable. I can assure you that theological education is better for Elaine having been in it and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has been incredibly enhanced by her gifts and by her dedication. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Prior to coming to Garrett-Evangelical, Dr. Amerson served as the Director of Leadership for the California-Pacific Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. She holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Kentucky and was awarded a post-Doctoral fellowship from the University of California at Berkeley. Her lifelong commitments to education and The United Methodist Church have made her an undeniable force for good here at Garrett-Evangelical and the church at large.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and all who have been apart of this community cannot sufficiently express our gratitude to Elaine for the exceptional service she has provided. While the community will be sad to see her leave her official duties at Garrett-Evangelical at the end of the year, we are comforted knowing she is continuing a more important role as grandma to four grandchildren.