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School of Divinity appoints Jill Crainshaw as vice dean

Jill Crainshaw

The Wake Forest School of Divinity announced this week that Jill Y. Crainshaw has been appointed vice dean for faculty development and academic initiatives.  She will begin her new position July 1.

She has led the school, previously, as acting dean and interim dean.

As vice dean, she will continue to provide leadership during the fall of 2019.  Jonathan L. Walton, named dean earlier this year, will be on sabbatical completing research and writing projects. He will begin formally as dean on Jan. 1.

A member of the school’s faculty for 20 years, she has served in a variety of roles there.

For more information, read the school’s announcement here.

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Jonathan L. Walton named Dean of the Wake Forest School of Divinity

President Nathan Hatch emailed this message to students, faculty and staff on April 28:

Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,

It is my pleasure to inform you that Wake Forest University has chosen Jonathan L. Walton to become the next Dean of the School of Divinity, effective July 1.

Walton is currently at Harvard, where he serves as the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the University’s Memorial Church.  He is also Professor of Religion and Society at the Harvard Divinity School.

As both a distinguished preacher and scholar, Walton will bring exceptional leadership to Wake Forest’s School of Divinity. He has become an important national voice on religious and social issues and his wisdom and vision will help prepare our divinity students for meaningful lives of ministry.

Walton is nationally known for the practice of ministry, the teaching of ministry and his religious scholarship. He studies the intersections of religion, politics and media culture. His first book, “Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism,” examines the theological and political traditions of African American religious broadcasters. His latest book, “A Lens of Love: Reading the Bible in Its World for Our World,” is an extension of his work from the pulpit and classroom and offers guidance for those seeking to be rooted in faith while pursuing professional lives that are just, ethical and challenge inequity. His work and insights have been featured in several national and international news outlets including The New York Times, CNN, and the BBC.

Walton was an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of California, Riverside, before joining Harvard Divinity School as an assistant professor of African American religions. He has taught courses on topics including evangelicals and politics, African American religions, megachurches, and religious public intellectuals. He preaches in churches across the country. In 2015, he delivered the baccalaureate sermon during Wake Forest’s commencement weekend and was awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree.

I am grateful to members of the search committee – chaired by Provost Rogan Kersh and guided by members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and divinity students and alumni – for bringing Walton to Wake Forest.

You can read the full press release here.

I look forward to welcoming him to campus.


Nathan O. Hatch

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Livestreaming to be provided for Dr. Gail O'Day memorial service

The Oct. 8 memorial service for Dr. Gail O’Day will be livestreamed.

The memorial service honoring the life of Dr. O’Day will be held at 1:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

Dr. O’Day was the former dean of the Wake Forest University School of Divinity.  She died on Sept. 22.

A web page for the livestreaming has been established.

An obituary for Dr. O’Day appeared in the Sept. 26 edition of the Winston-Salem Journal.

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March 2017 staff and faculty milestones

See a list of staff and faculty milestones:

1 Year

Melanie Nicole Bullock; Associate Director; Student Engagement
Mary Boyd Chenery; Assistant Director; Advncmt:Comm. & External Relations
Perry W Coggins; Maintenance Technician; Graylyn: Maintenance
Luis Eduardo Fernandez; Research Professor; Biology
Christopher Michael Howell; Security Officer; University Police
David Ethan Hunt; Graphic Design Manager; WFUSB-Marketing
Abriana Lesha Kimbrough; Administrative Assistant; Advancement: Alumni Services
Julie G Rice; Medical Office Assistant; Student Health Service
Dorothy Kathryn Shields; Librarian, Reseach & Instruct; Library-ZSR
Stephen Anthony Vance; Synthetic Research Assistant; Chemistry

5 Years

Alvester Fredrick Barren; Shuttle Driver; Parking & Transportation
Edward Lee Goode; Custodian; FACS: Custodial Services
Bryan Keith McKinney; Analyst/Programmer, Sr; IS: Applications Development
Matthew T. Murray; Floor Care Supervisor; FACS: Custodial Services
Rodney Lee Tucker; Custodian, Team Lead; FACS: Custodial Services
Mary Ellen Walter; Operations Manager; Divinity: Admissions

15 Years

Jeffrey Lee Davis; Groundskeeper; FACS: Landscaping Services
Ederma Pelaez De Herrera; Custodian; FACS: Custodial Services
Lawrence Groce Thach; Coordinator, Events & Travel; Law: External Affairs
John Kubel Wise; Assoc VP, Hospitality/Aux Svcs; Graylyn: Admin & General

25 Years

Steven James Folmar; Associate Professor; Anthropology

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