The following report is from Dr. Robert Kittel, UTS ’93, who was in Kathmandu on April 25 and whose wife remains there. Dr. Kittel is temporarily visiting the United Statesand serves as the Universal Peace Federation Director for Education in Asia.

The Unification Theological Seminary welcomed two new trustees to the Board in April, Dr. Hugh Spurgin, UTS President announced.  “We are looking forward to the energy and talents of Dr. Thomas Ward and Dr. Christine Hempowicz of the University of Bridgeport,” Spurgin said.

Dr. Lonnie McLeodOn July 1, 2008, Dr. Lonnie McLeod was appointed Dean of the New York City Extension of Unification Theological Seminary. Dr. McLeod has been serving as the seminary's Director of Ecumenical Recruitment and Advancement, as well as adjunct professor.

Dr. McLeod is the pastor of the Church of the Living Hope in East Harlem, New York. Past Moderator and Past Dean of the Metropolitan Association of the United Church of Christ, Inc., and former adjunct professor at New York Theological Seminary, Dr. McLeod is the President of the Exodus Transitional Community, an organization featured in the 2004 State of the Union Address as a best practice model and Faith Based Initiative that should be duplicated nationally. He is a National Facilitator and trainer for the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ) the National Religious Affairs Association (NRAA) and an Executive Committee Member of the American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC).

Dr. McLeod has preached and lectured in Jerusalem, Vatican City in Rome, France, Hawaii, Jamaica and countless cities and states in North America. He graduated (cum laude) from Marist College with a B. A. in Political Science. He received a Masters of Professional Studies, a Masters of Divinity (valedictorian), and a Doctorate in Ministry from New York Theological Seminary. He is a member of the prestigious fraternity, Sigma Pi Phi (the Boule).

UTS will formally welcome Dr. McLeod as the new Dean, at an "evening with the Dean" on Friday, September 19, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

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