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On June 7, 2018, the Louisville Seminary Board of Trustees appointed the Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III as Louisville Seminary's tenth president. Pollard succeeds the Rev. Dr. Michael Jinkins, who served as president from 2010 to 2018. Pollard formally began his service with Louisville Seminary on September 3, 2018.

A scholar, author, consultant and speaker on the subject of African American and U.S. religion and culture, Pollard was previously dean of the School of Divinity and professor of Religion and Culture at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Pollard said he was drawn both by the history and the current trajectory of Louisville Seminary.

“Rare is the theological institution today that innovates well in contemporary society, modeling theological education for just inclusivity in an increasingly diverse world,” Pollard said. “As much of our society is focused on division, I will ensure that Louisville Seminary will continue to build bridges between people of different religious, social and cultural perspectives, through teaching and scholarship, and the preparation of persons for lives of faithful witness and public service.”

Prior to his eleven years at Howard University, Pollard served as director of Black Church Studies and chair of American Religious Cultures at Emory University, and taught at Wake Forest University and St. Olaf College. He earned degrees from Duke University, Harvard University Divinity School and Fisk University.

Pollard is the author of Mysticism and Social Change: The Social Witness of Howard Thurman (1992), editor of an edition of W.E.B. DuBois’s The Negro Church (2011), and co-authored of Helpers for a Healing Community: A Pastoral Care Manual for HIV/AIDS (2006). He has also edited and co-edited several volumes including How Long This Road: Race, Religion and the Legacy of C. Eric Lincoln (2003); The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman Volumes I and II (2009); and The Black Church Studies Reader (2016). He has also written dozens of book chapters, journal articles, and op-eds.

He serves on the Board of Directors for the In Trust Center for Theological Schools and the Advisory Committee for the Luce Fund for Theological Education. He served on the Board of Commissioners for the Association of Theological Schools from 2010-2016 and was chair from 2014-2016. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Pollard and his wife Jessica have two adult children and one grandson.

Alton B Pollard III
Alton B. Pollard III

"Statement on Recent Hate Crime Violence"
Louisville Seminary News
October 27, 2018

"God Has a Dream"
Fall 2018 Convocation Address
September 6, 2018

A Message of Thanksgiving from Alton B. Pollard III
Louisville Seminary News
September 4, 2018

"7 Questions with Alton Pollard III"
Insider Louisville
August 9, 2018

"Alton B. Pollard III Brings Spirit of Ecumenism to Louisville Seminary"
Louisville Seminary News
June 11, 2018

"Alton B. Pollard III Named Louisville Seminary's 10th President"
Louisville Seminary News
June 7, 2018

Getting to Know Alton B. Pollard III


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