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Fundraising professional and religion scholar called as Vice President for Seminary Relations

Jan 05, 2008
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary has called Dr. Robert Wilson-Black from Bethlehem, Penn., as Vice President for Seminary Relations. He will begin his service in mid-February.

This administrative appointment was made by President Dean K. Thompson, following a recommendation by a representative committee that began the search process in June 2007 and interviewed numerous well-qualified candidates for this highly specialized, fundraising position.

“Robert Wilson-Black brings more than fifteen years experience in institutional advancement for higher education, including fundraising leadership in theological institutions,” said Martha Clay Nichols, chair of the search committee and a former member of the Seminary’s Board of Trustees.

“The committee was particularly impressed by his thoughtful probe of the relevance of theological education for public good and how seminary relations or fundraising could enhance the Seminary’s influence in the world over the next five or more years.”

Since February 2007, Wilson-Black has served as an independent consultant in Pennsylvania, while his spouse, Presbyterian minister Juli Wilson-Black, has served in active pulpit supply. Prior to that, he was Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. He also served as Vice President for Development at the University of St. Francis; Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Meadville Lombard Theological School; and Director of College and Graduate Funds at the University of Chicago.

Wilson-Black has received two academic degrees from the University of Richmond in Virginia and two from the University of Chicago, where he received a Ph.D. in American History and Religion. He is the author of several articles on American religion, philosophy, and higher education, including “Confession” in Winged Words: Prayers for the Common Life and Worship (2006), contributions to the Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics (2003), and a forthcoming book, The End of College: Religion and the Transformation of Higher Education at Mid-Century (Baylor University Press).

“Dr. Wilson-Black’s passionate involvement in the relationship between faith and money and his outstanding service as a fundraising officer enable him to offer invaluable leadership to Louisville Seminary as we encourage our friends and supporters to embrace financial stewardship as an utterly transformational experience,” said President Thompson.

As Vice President for Seminary Relations, Wilson-Black will work with associates to plan, implement, evaluate, and achieve highly successful programs for Louisville Seminary’s alum, church, and public relations and fundraising activities. He will direct a newly restructured fundraising department to interpret the purposes and programs of the Seminary to its many constituencies and provide leadership for a team of program professionals and administrative staff as they support the Seminary’s mission in preparing men and women for various forms of ministry.

“Louisville Seminary has been an especially effective leader in theological education over the years, and it will be an honor to serve the LPTS community in this role. Seminary Relations has become a form of ministry itself, and I look forward to serving alongside an exceptional staff with a strong history of success in fostering gifts of time, treasure, and talent for the Seminary,” said Wilson-Black, who also shared that he was eager to become part of the campus life with his family, which includes three children.

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary is called by God through the church to educate men and women to participate in the redemptive ministry of Jesus Christ in the world. For more information about how you can participate in this exciting opportunity, visit www.lpts.edu.

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