Fr. Alexander Atty (SVOTS '79) Steps Down as St. Tikhon's Dean and COO
7 February 2013 • Alumni News
Distinguished seminary alumnus The Very Rev. Dr. Alexander Atty (SVOTS '79) has announced his immediate retirement as Dean and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary (STOTS) in South Canaan, PA. Father Alexander, who has served the past three years in that position while giving particular attention to the renovation needs of the STOTS campus, cited health reasons in a statement posted on February 6.
"What was always clear to me in conversations with Fr. Alexander," noted St. Vladimir's Chancellor/CEO The Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield, "was his primary concern of meeting the pastoral needs of his seminarians above all else."
Father Alexander assumed the role of St. Tikhon's COO after having served as the rector of St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church in Louisville, KY, a parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. He holds a B.S. in engineering from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. After earning his M.Div. at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, he went on to study at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, earning his D.Min. in 2008.
Ordained a priest on December 9, 1979 at St. Nicholas Cathedral, Brooklyn, NY, Fr. Alexander was elevated to the rank of archpriest in 1988. In 2009, he presented the seminary's annual public Lenten retreat, focused on the theme “Good and Faithful Servants.”