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Sue Garrett Resigns Post as Seminary Dean; Steve Cook to Serve as Acting Dean

Sep 11, 2018

Sue and Steve

On August 31, 2018, Dr. Susan R. Garrett concluded six years as Dean of Louisville Seminary. She will spend a year on sabbatical and then return to full-time teaching in the fall of 2019.

Among her accomplishments as Dean, Sue oversaw the recruitment, hiring, and professional development of a number of new faculty and staff members. She authored several successful grant proposals, including ones to the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations (to support Black Church Studies), the Henry Luce Foundation (to support Doors to Dialogue), and the Association of Theological Schools (to support programming in restorative justice). She led the faculty in designing new program-assessment measures and practices, as well as a new curriculum. And, together with administrative and faculty colleagues, she continually tended to student needs and worked to help students thrive.

“Serving as Dean has been quite challenging but also profoundly rewarding,” Sue said. “The joys of the office were chiefly in the strong collegial relationships I was able to develop with our gifted faculty, administrators, and support staff, who work so hard to advance the learning of our students and overall mission of our school. I leave the office eager to spend more time teaching and writing, but I am sad to step away from the engaging work to which I have had the privilege of devoting myself these past six years.”

Sue’s plans for sabbatical are to design a book series on the Bible and the culture wars and write the first volume in it, write a grant proposal for faculty development focused on inclusive pedagogy, and continue her role as chair of the Seminary’s self-study committee for reaccreditation with the Association of Theological Schools.

“Dr. Garrett is and always will be an integral part of our seminary’s faculty and our seminary community,” said Seminary President Alton Pollard III. “Her commitment to the quality of education here and her enthusiasm for our seminary’s mission are exemplary. Her deanship may mark the end of an era, but we can still celebrate the many influential and meaningful gifts that Sue shares with Louisville Seminary. My thanks to her for her service.”

Dr. Steve Cook, the Registrar and Associate Dean for Institutional Research and Effectiveness, has assumed the role of Acting Dean.

“I can’t thank Dr. Cook enough for his willingness to fill this vital role,” added Pollard. “I know he will maintain an outstanding level of efficient and effective professionalism in the office.”
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