Search for new SVOTS Academic Dean enters final stages

St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) has narrowed down the number of candidates for the position of Academic Dean, and a final decision is expected to be made soon.

The seminary’s Board of Trustees convened in May to discuss the final candidates.

“There is no doubt that the final candidates represent strong qualifications,” said Seminary President Archpriest Chad Hatfield. “They come with extraordinary gifts and achievements that would benefit the seminary greatly.”

The official search for a new Academic Dean of the seminary began in the fall of 2017. A search committee was formed, chaired by His Beatitude, The Most Blessed Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington and Metropolitan of All America and Canada (Orthodox Church in America).

“I want to thank His Beatitude and the members of the Academic Dean Search Committee for their labors in getting to this final stage in the process,” added Fr. Chad.

The Search Committee was tasked with finding a visionary and inspiring Academic Dean with the skills, energy, and experience to advance the academic mission and current programs of the Seminary as well as to develop new programs to meet the needs of the Church and the world in the 21st century. The new dean will serve as the Chief Academic Officer, whose primary responsibilities are to lead and supervise the faculty and to oversee all academic activities of the seminary, under the supervision of the seminary’s President. The Academic Dean is appointed by the Board of Trustees and reports directly to the President.