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Jun  2009 09
Phillips Names New President

Gary Peluso-Verdend, associate professor of practical theology and vice president of stewardship at Phillips Theological Seminary (PTS), has been chosen to succeed William Tabbernee as seminary president. The board of trustees elected him as president at their meeting on May 15, 2009.

After serving 18 years as president, Tabbernee, the Stephen J. England Distinguished Professor of the History of Christianity, will retire effective June 30, 2009. 

“During his tenure, Dr. Tabbernee’s leadership has put the seminary on very solid ground,” said Peluso-Verdend. “However, the environment in churches is changing very rapidly, and we’ll have to work creatively and diligently to position ourselves to continue to be effective in the future.”

An ordained minister in The United Methodist Church, Peluso-Verdend received his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1991. A scholar in the field of practical theology, he has taught at two seminaries and has served in several positions at PTS, including dean of the seminary from 1997-2000. His scholarship has been in the field of religious organizations.


Read more about Peluso-Verdend here.


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