Theology professor Garwood P. Anderson has been appointed as the first layman to lead Nashotah House Theological Seminary as provost and president.

Nashotah’s board of directors asked Anderson in August 2017 to serve as acting dean and appointed him as interim dean in January. Nashotah House’s residential student body has grown by 50 percent under his leadership.

The board celebrated his role as provost with a public investiture at the Alumni Day Mass on May 23, and then elected him as president during its July 19 meeting.

Anderson joined the faculty as a professor of New Testament and Greek in 2007, and served as academic dean from 2009 to 2012. In the 2013-14 academic year, Anderson took a sabbatical and wrote Paul’s New Perspective: Charting a Soteriological Journey (IVP Academic, 2016).

He then resumed his teaching responsibilities until the transitions of the past year. Nashotah House is in the final phases of hiring a new professor of New Testament and Greek to fill the vacancy created by Anderson’s appointment.

Anderson’s new role is part of changing the seminary’s leadership structure. Beginning in Autumn, the board will conduct a search for a chief advancement officer.

While the provost tends to the seminary’s academics, formation, worship, and community, the chief advancement officer will nurture the seminary’s constituencies, spread news of Nashotah House, and provide resources to support the seminary’s growing programs.

Adapted from Nashotah House

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