EVANSTON, Ill. (G-ETS) – The Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Board of Trustees unanimously earlier this year elected Dr. Lallene J. Rector to be the next president of Garrett-Evangelical. Currently serving as the seminary’s vice president for academic affairs and academic dean, Rector will succeed the Rev. Dr. Philip A. Amerson, a clergy member of the Indiana Conference, who will retire on Dec. 31 after nearly eight years as president.
Rector, an extraordinary scholar and practitioner, shares a deep love for the church and possesses the perfect mix of skills, education, experience and faith to further Garrett-Evangelical’s mission to prepare bold, spiritual leaders for the church, academy and world.
As the first woman president in Garrett-Evangelical’s 160-year history, Rector will join the seminary’s legacy of remarkable women, who have served the institution, including: Eliza Garrett, who founded Garrett Biblical Institute in 1853; Lucy Rider Meyer, the first principal of the Chicago Training School in 1855; Georgia Harkness, the first woman to be named professor of theology in the United States in 1939; and Rosemary Skinner Keller, the seminary’s first female academic dean appointed in 1993.
According to the school’s news release, she is a person of profound faith and is devoted to theological education in the ecumenical church and the building of strong interfaith alliances. She is a member at First United Methodist Church at Chicago Temple in Chicago, Ill. Her background as a United Methodist, who brings expertise in pastoral psychotherapy makes her an asset on the Ministerial Assessment Specialists Advisory Committee on Candidacy and Clergy Assessment for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
Rector has been a member of the Garrett-Evangelical faculty for 27 years, with the last seven spent in her current role as academic dean. Some of her more recent achievements at the seminary include developing and implementing the seminary’s strategic plan, chairing the budget reduction task force, initiating curriculum review, and negotiating the seminary’s charter membership in the Seminary Stewardship Alliance.
She is a person of profound faith and is devoted to theological education in the ecumenical church…