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Recent Changes at Phillips
Gary Peluso-Verdend, associate professor of practical theology and formerly vice president of stewardship at Phillips Theological Seminary (PTS), has succeeded William Tabbernee as seminary president.

 After serving 18 years as president, Tabbernee, the Stephen J. England Distinguished Professor of the History of Christianity, retired effective June 30, 2009. Peluso-Verdend began his role as president on July 1, 2009.

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.

The election of Peluso-Verdend and the retirement of Tabbernee are but two of the important leadership changes occurring in the life of the seminary.

  • Marilyn (Mady) Fraser, assistant professor of spirituality, retired from the seminary, effective June 30, 2009. She has been named chaplain emerita.
  • Susanna Southard, instructor in Hebrew Bible, became PTS chaplain on July 1, 2009.
  • W. Anne Joh, assistant professor of theology, departed PTS June 30, 2009 for a position at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill.
  • Sarah Brubaker, a doctoral candidate at the University of Notre Dame, joined the PTS faculty on July 1, 2009 as an instructor in theology.
  • Kay Lynn Northcutt, the Fred B. Craddock Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship, began her sabbatical July 1, 2009 and will conclude her time at PTS on June 30, 2010.
  • Rick Lowery, who has been the Johnnie Eargle Cadieux Professor of Hebrew Bible, has left his full-time faculty post as of July 1, 2009, but will continue as a member of the affiliate faculty in Hebrew Bible.
  • Ellen Blue, the Mouzon Biggs, Jr. Associate Professor of the History of Christianity and United Methodist Studies, returned from sabbatical on July 1, 2009.
  • Duane R. Bidwell, assistant professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling has accepted a new position with the Claremont School of Theology, effective January 1, 2010.
  • Nancy Claire Pittman, director of the Doctor of Ministry program, has been promoted to associate professor of the Practice of Ministry, effective July 1, 2009.
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