Dean of the School of Divinity Search Committee

Update 4/29/2010:

Following a nationwide search, Gail O’Day was appointed dean of the School of Divinity.  For more information, read the press release.

Update 12/28/2009:

The Dean of Divinity Search Committee met on December 9, 2009 to draft a position profile for the Dean of School of Divinity search.  The profile was finalized on December 28, 2009 and can be viewed here.

Position Advertisement:

This advertisement has been placed in a variety of publications across the United States.  A listing of those publications is available for download.

Wake Forest University seeks nominations and applications for the Dean of the School of Divinity.  Ranked among the top 30 national universities, Wake Forest integrates the intimacy of an undergraduate liberal arts college with the academic vitality of a research university.  Wake Forest is a vibrant intellectual community located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina which is part of the Piedmont Triad metropolitan region with a population of more than 1.5 million individuals.

The University enrolls 4,300 undergraduates and 2,400 graduate and professional students.  Wake Forest comprises Wake Forest College (undergraduate); the Schools of Business (undergraduate and graduate); the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; the School of Divinity; the School of Law; and the School of Medicine.

Founded in 1999, the School of Divinity identifies itself as Christian by tradition, ecumenical in outlook, and Baptist in heritage.  With nine full-time faculty and over 100 students at present, the school offers a Master of Divinity degree designed to prepare women and men for competent and faithful ministry.  It also offers two dual degrees as well as related graduate degree programs and other special studies.  In a truly integrated approach, the school’s curriculum blends theological education with courses taught by faculty of the University’s undergraduate, graduate and professional schools, as well as adjunct faculty from outside the University community.

The School of Divinity seeks an energetic and committed leader to build upon the strong foundation established in its first ten years and to expand on future opportunities for the school and develop and implement its vision for the next decade and beyond.  The candidate should have attained a PhD or its equivalent.  The successful candidate should also bring leadership experience in higher education and have attained distinction in theological scholarship.  Reporting directly to the Provost, the Dean will provide leadership for the academic enterprise of the school and will play a lead role in resource development and external relations.

Review of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until a new Dean is selected.  For more information on Wake Forest and the School of Divinity, please visit the Wake Forest website or the School of Divinity website.  Inquiries, applications, and nominations should be directed to:

Wake Forest University Divinity Dean Search

Heidrick & Struggles, Inc.

Attn:  Ellen Brown/Dale Jones

303 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 4300

Atlanta, GA 30308

Phone: 404-682-7400/Fax: 404-577-4048


Wake Forest is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from minority and female candidates.

Search Committee:

A committee has been formed to conduct a confidential search for the new Dean of the School of Divinity.  Membership includes:

  • Jill Crainshaw, Professor of Ministry Studies and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Divinity
  • David Hughes, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC
  • Simeon Ilesanmi, Washington M. Wingate Professor of Religion
  • Margaret Leinbach, Moravian Pastor and Chair of the School of Divinity Board of Visitors
  • Rick Matthews, Associate Provost for Information Systems
  • Reid Morgan, Vice President and General Counsel
  • Mike Queen, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Wilmington, NC and University Trustee
  • Jill Tiefenthaler, Provost (chair)

Heidrick and Struggles, an independent search firm, has been engaged to assist with the process.  Members of the Wake Forest community may be involved with the search by sending nominations to Heidrick and Struggles (contact information below) after the position specification has been posted before the end of the calendar year.  Please check back for more details.

Heidrick and Struggles consultants:

Ellen Brown

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Dale Jones

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