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Dr. Stephen G. Ray, Jr. Named Interim Dean

July 9, 2013

Garrett-Evangelical has named Professor Stephen G. Ray, Jr. as the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean of the seminary effective August 1st though December 31, 2013. Garrett-Evangelical's current Academic Dean, Lallene Rector, will be on sabbatical leave during the fall semester and will begin her duties as president on January 1, 2014. 

In an announcement to the Garrett-Evangelical community President Philip Amerson said, “Over the past five years Stephen has demonstrated his leadership gifts in many roles on the faculty, working with the administration on several projects and serving for the past two years as a member of the board of trustees. I am delighted that Stephen has agreed to assume these responsibilities during this important time of transition at the school. I am confident this will be a period during which the school will continue to move forward in the many positive directions currently underway.”

Ray joined the faculty of Garrett-Evangelical in 2008 as the Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher Professor of Systematic Theology.  Previously, Ray was associate professor of African-American studies and director of the Urban Theological Institute at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia; associate professor of theology and philosophy at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary; and lecturer at Yale Divinity School and Hartford Seminary.

He is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ and has served as pastor of churches in Hartford and New Haven, CT., and in Louisville, KY.

Ray received a doctor of philosophy in theology and African-American studies from Yale University and a master of divinity (summa cum laude) from Yale Divinity School. Among his awards are the Hooker Fellowship for Excellence in Theological Studies; Charter Oak State College Distinguished Alumni Award; Kentuckiana Metroversity Distinguished Teacher of Adult Learners; and The Associated Church Press 2006 Award of Excellence for Column Writing.

He is the author of two books: A Struggle from the Start: The Black Community of Hartford, 1639-1960 and Do No Harm: Social Sin and Christian Responsibility. He is co-author of a third book: Black Church Studies: An Introduction.