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Nashotah House renews Dean Anderson’s contract, restructures leadership to support continued growth

The Nashotah House Theological Seminary Board of Directors recently renewed the contract of Dean Dr. Garwood Anderson for a five-year term.

Dr. Anderson has served as dean since 2017. He joined the Nashotah House faculty in 2007 as professor of New Testament and Greek and served as academic dean from 2009 to 2012.

Growth at Nashotah House under Anderson’s leadership has included a 94 percent increase in full-time equivalent enrollment from 2017 to 2021, a growth rate that outpaces all of its peers nationally, according to a recent audit by the Association of Theological Schools.

During Anderson’s tenure, the seminary has also added several new distinguished faculty members and collaborated with world-renowned visiting professors. Amid the pandemic, Nashotah House completed classroom renovations and technological upgrades, greatly expanding capabilities for remote and hybrid instruction.

To support its growing programs and advance its strategic goals, Nashotah House recently restructured its leadership team.

The new appointments to several key leadership positions set a foundation for the seminary to serve more students, nurture relationships with existing and prospective donors, and sustain the rigorous formation of its seminarians:

  • Dr. Jim Watkins has been appointed associate dean of academic affairs to provide administrative leadership to the seminary’s academic programs, in assistance to the dean and faculty.
  • The Ven. Dr. Kelly O’Lear has been appointed associate dean for formation to oversee pastoral care, chapel worship, field education, and community life.
  • Robin Little has been named senior director of advancement to steer all aspects of donor relations, alumni relations, and communications and marketing.
  • The Rev. Jason Terhune will continue to serve as senior director of operations, with his oversight including accounting, student accounts, IT, maintenance, compliance, and human resources.
  • The Rev. Dr. Travis Bott, professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, has been elected chair of the faculty.