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Louisville Seminary creates new Division of Student Engagement

by Chris Wooton | Sep 28, 2018

Kilen and SandraThe “Louisville Seminary Experience” embodies much more than a student’s matriculation toward a life of ministry and service. It’s an experience that calls on students, as well as faculty, staff and alums, to live their lives according to the seminary’s mission of building bridges and embracing the world in great need.

In that spirit, Seminary President Alton B. Pollard III recently announced a restructuring of services offered to seminary students and alums. Effective October 8, Kilen Gray, Louisville Seminary’s Dean of Student Engagement, will lead the new Division of Student Engagement. The offices of admissions, alum relations, and financial aid will report to Gray as part of the new division.

“Student matriculation is about more than books, papers and classes,” said Gray (MDiv ’02, DMin ’16). “The ministry of Louisville Seminary is about both the world coming to our campus and our campus finding its place in the world. This new division will give alums the opportunity to become more involved in the life of the seminary – from student recruitment to community and church relations. Students will also have a more cohesive body of resources at their disposal and will be able to draw not only from the wisdom of our faculty and staff, but also from those who have been in their shoes.”

Sandra Moon (MDiv/JD ’11), who has served as the seminary’s Director of Alum, Church and Community Engagement since 2015, will serve as Interim Director of Admissions and Alum Engagement. Financial Aid Coordinator April Stepney and Admissions Specialist Becky Young complete the Student Engagement departmental staff.

Gray (MDiv ’02, DMin ’16) will be part of the seminary’s senior administration along with Pollard; Pat Cecil, Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer; Steve Cook, Interim Seminary Dean; Sally Pendleton (MDiv/MAMFT ’97), Vice President of Institutional Advancement; and Edwin Aponte, Executive Director of the Louisville Institute.

“As before, our colleagues will continue to closely interface with Academic Affairs and other departments,” said Pollard. “Internally, their work will reflect a more cohesive unit. “I am excited about what together our student-centric efforts will accomplish on behalf of our students and Louisville Seminary!”

As the seminary transitions to a new student service structure, many thanks go to Emily Miller (MDiv '09) for her faithful service to Louisville Seminary as Director of Recruitment and Admissions. Miller's final day of service to Louisville Seminary will be October 16. Her decision to leave Louisville Seminary stems from her desire to be closer to her home in Berea, Kentucky, where her husband, Jake (a 2007 Louisville Seminary alum), recently accepted a job as Chaplain at Berea College.
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