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President Philip Amerson confirmed as President Emeritus

October 30, 2013

It is with profound gratitude and honor that Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary announces the confirmation of President Philip A. Amerson the honorary title of President Emeritus of Garrett-Evangelical upon his retirement on December 31, 2013. The Garrett-Evangelical Board of Trustees unanimously approved this title at their semi-annual meeting held on October 24.

Mr. Jerre Stead, chairperson of the board of trustees, proposed the following resolution: “Philip Amerson provided thoughtful leadership and tireless commitment to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary for nearly eight years, and we, the board of trustees, wish to honor Phil’s past and future connection with the seminary in an appropriate and significant way. Be it therefore resolved that upon his retirement, Philip A. Amerson be designated President Emeritus of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.”

“I am honored to receive this recognition,” President Amerson responded. “I have loved my time at Garrett-Evangelical and believe that it is poised for continued greatness with President-Elect Lallene Rector at the helm. Thank you.”

Since June 2006, Amerson has served as president of Garrett-Evangelical and has provided leadership during exciting and challenging days. He has brought imagination and tireless commitment to theological education at the school, the national church, and beyond. Under his leadership, Garrett-Evangelical emphasized hospitality and sustainability, added faculty positions in Wesley and United Methodist studies, global Christianity and world religions, and supported the establishment of the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation. During this time a renewed emphasis was given to strengthening the Center for the Church and the Black Experience and broadening the school’s reach through online learning.

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. Prior to arriving at Garrett-Evangelical, he served as president of the Claremont School of Theology for six years. As an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church, he has also served as pastor for 21 years, including appointments at three congregations in the South Indiana (now Indiana) Conference.  Amerson is the author of numerous books, articles and papers, including Tell Me City Stories: A Journey for Urban Congregations and his most recent publication, “The Vocation of Peacebuilding,” with John W. Woell in Choosing Peace Through Daily Practices.