Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean

Lexington Theological Seminary (LTS), located in Lexington, Kentucky, invites applications and nominations for Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) and Dean. The seminary seeks a visionary individual to join the leadership team of President Charisse L. Gillett. The VPAA and Dean is expected to assume office in August 2017 or as soon thereafter as is feasible.

Lexington Theological Seminary, founded in 1865 as the first seminary of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), is an accredited graduate theological institution engaged in preparing men and women for congregational ministry. Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the seminary is intentionally ecumenical in its world view, its program, and the composition of the student body, faculty, staff, trustees, and partner congregations.

The VPAA and Dean will enter an era in which the seminary has developed an innovative approach to theological education and is replenishing the experienced community that is central to its heritage. The VPAA and Dean will share Lexington Theological Seminary’s commitment to become a more diverse institution with regard to the racial/ethnic/sexual orientation/gender composition of the faculty, staff, student body, and partner congregations; the emphasis of the curriculum; and the movement of the seminary from a regional to a national and, eventually, an international seminary.

The VPAA and Dean Degree and non-degree programs overseen by the VPAA and Dean include the Master of Divinity, the Master of Theological Studies, the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies, the Doctor of Ministry, and the Certificate in Pastoral Ministry, as well as continuing education offerings. For additional information about the seminary, community, and the qualifications sought in the next Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, please visit:

Lexington Theological Seminary is being assisted by Senior Consultant Wanda Bigham and Consultant Andrea Cowsert of Academic Search, Inc. Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter addressing the qualifications and expectations listed in the position profile, curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with full contact information and a note indicating the nature of your working relationship with each. Cover letters should be addressed to Dr. Charisse L. Gillett, President and Chair of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean Search Committee. References will not be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate.

Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to The position is open until filled but only applications received by April 3, 2017, can be assured full consideration. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Andrea Cowsert at

Lexington Theological Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.