Presidential Search

August 5, 2013

Ecumenical Theological Seminary
President Position Statement

Ecumenical Theological Seminary (ETS) invites applications and nominations for the position of President to succeed Dr. Marsha Foster Boyd who retired from the position effective July 31, 2013.

The roots of Ecumenical Theological Seminary go back to 1957 with the founding of the Institute for the Advancement of Pastoral Studies, the first center for continuing education for clergy in the United States. Over the years, a number of mergers and programs were initiated, culminating in today's ETS, now offering seven degree and certificate programs. 

The seminary achieved full accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools in 2006.

ETS is located in the heart of Detroit. At a time of both city and seminary transition, this position presents an extraordinary leadership opportunity in a dynamic situation for a leader who will:

· Explore new ways of achieving financial stability through both fundraising and 
expanded institutional delivery systems;

· Build and sustain relationships with area churches, local organizations, foundations, 
neighboring academic institutions, and denominational and interfaith judicatories;

· Engage with media in traditional and innovative ways, recognizing the nexus of religion and culture;

· Envision ways of preparing faith leaders to meet the needs and expectations of both 
traditional and emerging forms of worshipping communities; 

· Establish clear objectives for both the operational and academic areas of the institution, 
offering support and supplying necessary resources for success; and

· Uphold and promote the role of the academy in both scholarship and faith formation.

The President reports to the Board of Directors.  

Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent to:

Ecumenical Theological Seminary
Presidential Search Committee
Ms. Pamela Johnson
2930 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201

Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2013.