EVANSTON, Ill. (G-ETS) – Jerre Stead, chair of the Board of Trustees of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, announced Oct. 18 that the Rev. Dr. Philip A. Amerson, 66, has expressed his intention to retire as president of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at the end of December 2013. He has served as president since June 1, 2006.

Upon the announcement of his retirement, Amerson said, “I consider it a great privilege and high honor to have served Garrett-Evangelical in this leadership role. Garrett-Evangelical is made up of a remarkable group of people, from our committed alumni/ae to our outstanding faculty, staff and students. I am committed to a strong finish as we all continue to build up this extraordinary seminary together.”

According to Stead, Amerson has provided leadership during exciting and challenging days, and has brought imagination and tireless commitment to theological education at the school, the national church and beyond. Among the significant achievements during this time, Amerson saw enrollments increase by more than 20 percent, led a major renovation of campus facilities and worked to double the capital campaign gifts and pledges, surpassing $70 million of the $100 million goal.

Under his leadership, Garrett-Evangelical emphasized hospitality and sustainability, added faculty positions in Wesley and United Methodist Studies, Global Christianity and World Religions, and supported the establishment of the Rueben Job Chair in Spiritual Formation. Prior to arriving at Garrett-Evangelical, Amerson served as president of Claremont School of Theology for six years.

An ordained elder in the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church, Amerson served as pastor for 21 years, including appointments at three congregations in southern Indiana.

The leadership of Amerson and his wife, Elaine, will be celebrated during the 2013 calendar year as the seminary also celebrates its 160 year history.


“I consider it a great privilege and high honor to have served Garrett-Evangelical in this leadership role.”

– Philip Amerson


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