School of Divinity Dean Search Update: November 2018

Dear School of Divinity Faculty, Staff and Students—

Hope this finds you all well during this festive time—can hardly believe the semester is winding down! I write to you today with an update on the School of Divinity Dean search. Below you will find the membership of the search committee.

Search committee for Dean of the School of Divinity:

Shelmer Blackburn, ’82, Board of Trustees

Mark Jensen, Teaching Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology

Rogan Kersh, Provost and Professor of Politics and International Affairs (Chair)

Sean McClure, MDiv ’19, Youth Ministry Coordinator at United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church

Christian Miller, A. C. Reid Professor of Philosophy

Lynn Neal, Professor and Chair, Department for the Study of Religions

Tim Pyatt, Dean, Z. Smith Reynolds Library

Melva Sampson, Assistant Professor of Preaching and Practical Theology

Katherine A. Shaner, Assistant Professor of New Testament

Mia Hash Sloan, MDiv ’18, Youth Pastor at St. Peter’s Church and World Outreach Center

Neal Walls, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Old Testament Interpretation

If you would like to share any input with the search committee, please send email comments to  This address is also available for soliciting nominations for Dean–ideally following our forums described below, but nominations are welcome at any time.  That address is managed by Sam Perrotta Turner, Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the Provost, who is staffing this search and will ensure full confidentiality of all submissions.

Hosting forums is part of the dean search process. Earlier this week I, along with other members of the search committee, met with students to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the next Dean in addition to the qualities and characteristics you would like to seek in that person. There will be a similar forum for School of Divinity faculty and staff on Monday, December 3 from 3:15-4:00 pm in Davis Chapel. As with all other senior academic leadership searches at Wake Forest in recent years, we are hosting a national search for this position.

Important updates will be posted on Sincere thanks to each of you—your engagement and support during this process is vital to complete a successful search.



Rogan Kersh
Provost and Professor of Politics & International Affairs
Wake Forest University
204 Reynolda Hall
Winston-Salem, NC 27109