Louisville Seminary News – Short Takes
Against a background of administrative transition, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary begins the 2003-04 academic year with new leadership and noteworthy achievements. Davidson’s former president begins interim duties at LPTS Dr. John W. Kuykendall
, President Emeritus of Davidson College (1984-1997), arrived on the Louisville Seminary campus August 6 to begin his duties as Interim President. Kuykendall, who has been recognized as an insightful leader particularly among Presbyterian colleges and universities, expressed a sense of calling to lead the Seminary during this period of transition. He will preach at the first Friday chapel service of the 2003-04 academic year on September 5 at 10 a.m. in the Frank H. and Fannie W. Caldwell Chapel. The public is invited to attend.
For more biographical information about Dr. Kuykendall and updates on the progress of the presidential search committee, visit the President’s Welcome
on the Seminary’s website.
____________________ Seminary hires Director of the Annual Fund and Alum Relations
Louisville Seminary has hired Lisa Ullrich Cromer
to direct and coordinate the fundraising strategies for the Seminary’s Annual Fund program
. She will officially join the Seminary community on September 2. Cromer, who has served for four years as the director of development and marketing at Louisville’s Jewish Family & Vocational Service, brings a variety of fundraising skills and experiences, such as grant writing, recruiting, public relations, and all aspects of gift management, to the Seminary position. She has more than 13 years experience working with non-profit organizations in Louisville, including The Home of the Innocents, Bridgehaven, Inc., the Kentucky unit of the Recording for the Blind, Inc.; and three years with the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
In addition to responsibilities for developing the annual unrestricted gift income program, Cromer will also have oversight of Alum activities such as the annual Reunion, Alum Board meetings, and the successful Senior Challenge program.
Lisa Cromer is a graduate of Southern Baptist Seminary (MDiv, Pastoral Care and Counseling). She earned a degree in English from Eastern Connecticut State University (BA) and studied at Southwest Texas State University.
____________________ Interim is appointed during search for Director of Admissions Kerry E. Rice
will serve as Interim Director of Admissions
for the 2003-04 academic year as the search for a full-time director continues. He will begin his duties on August 25.
Rice comes to this position after 15 years of ministry with the General Assembly Council of the Presbyterian Church (USA), where he served as Coordinator for National Volunteers in the National Ministries Division and previously on the Child Advocacy and Young Adult Ministry staff. Rice has served as a field education supervisor for Louisville Seminary and participated in the Seminary’s J-term course, Leaders in the Connectional Church. He is familiar with all levels of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has been involved ecumenically with youth and young adult ministry through the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches and has led North American young adult delegations to Ecumenical Global Gatherings. During these years he has worked with young people in the areas of recruitment and vocational discernment.
Rice is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in political science and has completed most of the course work for the Master’s in Public Administration degree at the University of Louisville. He is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is married to LPTS alumna Rev. Cynthia Cushman (MDiv ‘94), pastor at Faith Presbyterian Church in Louisville.
Applications for the position of Director of Admissions will be accepted through October 15. Information about the job requirements
can be found on the Seminary’s website.
_____________________ Christian education professor honored by State University J. Bradley Wigger
, Second Presbyterian Church Associate Professor of Christian Education, has been selected by his alma mater, Southeast Missouri State University (SMSU), to receive the annual Merit Award presented by the University’s Alum Association at their Homecoming events on Oct. 3. As the most prestigious award bestowed upon its alums, the Merit Award is given annually to graduates who have brought distinction to themselves and the University.
Wigger graduated from the University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in social work. He continued his education at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (MDiv ’84) and Princeton Theological Seminary (PhD ’92). Since 1997, Wigger has taught Christian education and directed the nationally recognized Center for Congregations and Family Ministries at Louisville Seminary. In these two capacities he has led the Seminary in integrating the importance of faith development, family ministry and child advocacy into foundational studies and among congregational lay leadership and family ministry practitioners.
Dr. Wigger is the author of The Texture of Mystery: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry into Perception and Learning
(1998) and The Power of God at Home: Nurturing Our Children in Love and Grace
(Jossey-Bass, 2003), part of the Faith and Families Series
, and he is the contributing editor of the journal, Family Ministry: Empowering Through Faith