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Seminary Staffing Changes

Friday, November 1, 2013  
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As I write, the maple tree outside my office in Severance Hall is a brilliant red-orange. The fall semester at the seminary is moving along quickly and everyone is looking forward to Thanksgiving.

The past month has brought a number of staffing changes to the seminary. Ms. Kimberly Burnett-Hackbarth, who has been serving as Seminary Distance Education Coordinator, has accepted our call to assume the position of Director of Seminary Admissions. We are delighted that Kim will be assuming this position, and immensely thankful for the ministry of Dana Perreard for the past several months as Interim Director of Seminary Admissions.

Ms. Carla Gibbons, who has served as Academic Affairs Coordinator for the college for a number of years, has accepted our call to assume the position of Seminary Distance Education Coordinator. Carla brings great gifts to this position and we welcome her to the seminary community.

Finally, Ms. Dana Weitz, who has served as Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean and Pastor to Students, will become Seminary Admissions Assistant. Dana will be a great asset to the Admissions Office. We are profoundly grateful for the service of Ms. Mary Jo Weitz, who will retire from the Admissions Assistant position this month. Mary Jo has been with the seminary since 1995. We will miss her dearly.

In addition to these staff changes, the seminary is also engaged in searches for faculty members in Christian Discipleship and Formation, Evangelism and Missional Christianity, and Old Testament. We will be interviewing for these positions after the turn of the year.

The 2014 Doctor of Ministry Cohort, which meets on campus in May, will be led by Dr. Jerry Andrews, Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of San Diego, CA and me. The Doctor of Ministry at Dubuque emphasizes congregational renewal. This particular cohort will address renewal by focusing on Scripture and prayer in community. We will engage in close reading and prayerful study of Romans and the Psalms and join in vigorous communal reflection on what it means to be the church, the people of God. Applications are now being received. For more information visit

I thank you for your support of the seminary and pray God’s richest blessing on you for a joyous Thanksgiving.

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