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Jaeyeon Lucy Chung Named Director of United Library and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology

June 4, 2013

Garrett-Evangelical is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jaeyeon Lucy Chung as director of the United Library and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology, effective July 1, 2013. With approximately 515,000 volumes in the collection, including a rare book collection of over 7,000, Chung will oversee the ninth largest theological library in the United States and the largest theological library in the Chicagoland area. In addition, Chung will join the distinguished faculty of Garrett-Evangelical and begin teaching in the fall of 2013.

“The advancement of Dr. Jaeyeon Chung to be the permanent director of the United Library and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology has been both a joy and an honor for the seminary,” said Dr. Philip Amerson, president of Garrett-Evangelical. "She is a first rate librarian as is evidenced by the innovations she has made in the services provided and the stronger ties she is developing with our sister libraries at Northwestern University.  Her graduate education has prepared her like none other in my experience to assume these duties.”

Chung began working for the United Library in 2010 and has been serving as the acting director since July 2012. She earned a Ph.D. in Religion with a focus in Person, Community, and Religious Practices from Emory University in 2008. In addition, she holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, a Master of Sacred Theology degree from Boston University, and a Master of Arts in Religion from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

In regard to her dual appointment, Chung said, “I am deeply blessed by this rare opportunity to serve Garrett-Evangelical in two important roles. As the new library director, I seek to provide the Garrett-Evangelical community with easy access to scholarly resources in a variety of formats and a creative, engaging space for research and community collaboration. I also envision the United Library as a hub for digital theological scholarship, in which the content digitized and born digital on campus is collected, published, and disseminated to the wider public. With my appointment as Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology, I am honored to be joining such a distinguished faculty. I look forward to working closely with them and sharing my gifts as an educator with our amazing students.”