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Michigan pathologist elected Chair of Board of Trustees

Jul 01, 2008
Dr. Pam Kidd, a medical pathologist from Grand Rapids, Mich., was elected to serve as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Her appointment was made by members of the Board during their spring meeting in April 2008. Kidd follows Dorothy S. Ridings, who served as Board Chair for eight years and rotated off the board after serving as a Trustee since 1992.

“We are deeply grateful to Pam Kidd for serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees at Louisville Seminary. Her deep belief in the value of theological education and her previous rich experience in seminary governance have been and will continue to give vision and direction to our Board,” said President Dean K. Thompson.

Kidd joined the Louisville Seminary Board of Trustees in 2005 and has served as Chair of the Seminary Relations Committee since October 2006. A dedicated member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), she served as Moderator of the Seattle Presbytery and on the Board of Trustees at San Francisco Theological Seminary from 1985 to 1995 and as its Chair for four years.

When her spouse, Rev. Dr. Riley Jensen was called to serve as pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., Kidd knew that their strong commitment to theological education would lead them to become involved with another Presbyterian seminary closer to their Michigan home.

Kidd said she was struck by the sense of community that she felt about Louisville Seminary and how that shapes pastors, teachers, counselors, chaplains, and theological leaders for the church and society. She began immediately to help make friends for Louisville Seminary in the Grand Rapids area. In the past three years, Kidd and Jensen’s advocacy for Louisville Seminary has been manifested in several ways, including the enrollment of Gail Monsma, a Cate-Frist Presidential Scholar at LPTS, who served as a minister of youth at the Westminster church, and the church’s initiation of a scholarship endowment in honor of Jensen’s retirement from 40 years of parish ministry.

Kidd has served most of her career in academic medicine and is now serving as a hematopathologist for Spectrum Health, specializing in the diagnosis of leukemia and lymphoma. She earned degrees at Pomona College and Baylor College of Medicine, did her postgraduate training at Duke University Medical Center (pediatrics), Baylor College of Medicine (Pathology), and completed her pathology residency at the University of Washington as Chief Resident of Anatomic Pathology and Chief Resident of Laboratory Medicine. She was the only woman in a medical school class of 84 students.

Kidd was on the faculty for ten years in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington, where she also served as Director of Hematopathology in the Department of Laboratory Medicine. From 1994 to 1998, she was Associate Professor of Pathology at University Medical and Dental of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where she was Director of Hematopathology and Hematology at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and Director of Laboratory Services at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. She is the recipient of numerous awards in her field, holds memberships in numerous medical societies, and has served with national and local medical organizations that have responsibility for laboratory guidelines and standards, immunology, and the study of HIV/AIDS. As an expert in her field, she has published more than 50 articles and chapters and contributed to major medical publications and guidelines as an invited participant.

The Board of Trustees is an elected body of up to 37 members. The Trustees give oversight to the operations of the Seminary through shared governance with the Seminary administration and faculty. The Trustees elect the president and members of the faculty, confer degrees, and have responsibility for the policies governing all aspects of Seminary life.

The Board of Trustees meets twice each year for two to three days, and its work is accomplished through its committees, including the following: Executive, Academic Affairs, Finance, Seminary Relations, Trusteeship, Student Life, and Vision and Mission.

Kidd’s duties as Chair of the Board of Trustees commenced upon the conclusion of the April 2008 meeting. She will moderate her first meeting in October.

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