Katherine Ragsdale has been appointed the sixth president and dean of The Episcopal Divinity School. This is good news indeed.
Katherine is an amazingly competent and centered leader, solid in her Christian faith and witness and clear in grounding her progressive ideas in Christian belief. She is an example of much of what William Stringfellow seeks to spell out as authentic Christian witness in his book, A Private and a Public Faith.
EDS has again and again worked to recreate itself out of the renewal of theological education in America. At a time when all seminaries are challenged by economic concerns, EDS has found a way to maintain its presence, reduce student costs and align itself with educationally innovative organizations. EDS has over the years worked to include students and faculty widely representative of the breadth of the church and Communion.
Katherine is a good friend and a person I respect highly. She will well serve EDS and the enterprise of theological education in TEC and the Anglican Communion.
As an graduate of both EDS and one of its predecessor schools, The Episcopal Theological School, I am proud of the Seminary for making this choice and glad for Katherine.