Episcopal Divinity School Announces New Senior Leadership Appointments

Cambridge, MA (February 5, 2016) – Episcopal Divinity School Interim President and Dean the Very Rev. Francis Fornaro announced several new administrative appointments today. The appointments are effective Monday, Februray 8, 2016.

Academic Dean and Harvey H. Guthrie, Jr. Professor of Bible, Culture, and Interpretation Dr. Angela Bauer-Levesque has been named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean. In her new position, Dr. Bauer-Levesque will continue to oversee EDS’s academic programs, serve as Dean of the Faculty, and lead curricular and program planning efforts. She has been a member of the EDS Faculty since 1994, and received her PhD from Union Theological Seminary in New York, and an MDiv from Universität Hamburg.

Dr. Bauer-Levesque brings a wealth of administrative experience to the Vice Presidency. She has served as Academic Dean of EDS since 2009, and she previously served as chair of the Degrees Committee, which is EDS’s academic policy committee, as a member of the Budget and Finance Trustees Committee, and a member of the Academic Affairs Trustees Committee at EDS. A participant in multiple Women and Leadership seminars with the Association of Theological Schools, Dr. Bauer-Levesque is also a graduate of the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute in 2014.

Chief Financial and Business Development Officer William F. Judge has been appointed Vice President of Finance and Operations. In his new capacity, Judge will oversee institutional finances and operations, including budget, planning, capital projects, human resources, investments, and strategic partnerships. A graduate of Bentley University, Judge previously worked as Senior Director of Finance for the University of Massachusetts President's Office, and as Senior Vice President and CFO for the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.

Director of Communications and Marketing Brendan Hughes has been named Vice President of Enrollment Management. In his new role, Hughes, who came to EDS in July of 2013, will oversee student recruitment and admissions, as well as financial aid and student housing. A graduate of Bowdoin College and Columbia University, Hughes previously worked as Director of Communications at the Cathedral School of St. John the Divine in New York, and as a Staff Writer/Editor at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Assistant Director of Communications Justin Aier has been named Director of Communications and Marketing. Aier will oversee institutional marketing and communications, including print and electronic publications, social media, strategic communications, and external relations. A graduate of Beloit College and Emerson College, Aier has been on the EDS staff since March 2013.

About Episcopal Divinity School

Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) is a progressive seminary and theological graduate school for lay and ordained leaders of all denominations. Committed to a mission of social justice and inclusive education and grounded in the Anglican tradition, EDS awards Masters’ degrees in Divinity and Theological Studies, Doctoral degrees in Ministry, and Certificates in Anglican Formation; Justice, Reconciliation, and Mission; and Christian Spiritualities for the Contemporary World.

EDS offers unparalleled flexibility in its programs. Students may complete their course of study as Traditional Learning students, in residence at the school’s historic Cambridge campus, or as Distributive Learning students, taking blended online classes and completing four weeks of intensive campus residency per year.

EDS graduates serve as lay and ordained ministers of the Episcopal Church as well as in other Christian denominations. They are also leaders in a variety of professions and industries, including non-profit executives, mental health professionals, social workers, community organizers, academics, artists, and writers, often in addition to their work as clergy or church leaders.

EDS is a member of the Boston Theological Institute, a consortium of ten eminent theological schools, seminaries, and departments of religion in the Boston area.

A seminary for the Episcopal Church, Episcopal Divinity School is grounded in the Anglican tradition and committed to growing in relationship with other Christian and faith traditions. Episcopal Divinity School is an academic community of biblical, historical, and theological inquiry that respects students as responsible learners with valuable experience, supports spiritual and ministerial formation, and provides tools for the life-long work of social and personal transformation.