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ANTS Student E-News - Monday, February 27, 2006 - Dr. William Herzog II Named As New Andover Newton Dean

Dr. William Herzog II Named As New Andover Newton Dean
On Wednesday, February 22, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to
call Dr. William R. Herzog II as the next Vice President for Academic
Affairs and Dean of the Faculty for Andover Newton Theological School.
He will begin his duties officially as of July 1, 2006.

Herzog comes to Andover Newton from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity
School (CRCDS), where he serves as the Sallie Knowles Crozer Professor
of New Testament Interpretation. During his tenure at CRCDS he also
served for ten years as Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for
Academic Life. He is widely respected for his Biblical scholarship, his
popular teaching style, and his outspoken commitment to justice. Born in
Rutland, Vermont, Bill was raised in Orwell, Vermont, a small town on
the southern end of Lake Champlain. He graduated from Harvard University
(1966) before receiving his MDiv at the American Baptist Seminary of the
West (1969) and his doctorate at Claremont Graduate School (1976).

Following a national search that involved nearly 50 distinguished
nominees, including several sitting deans, the faculty and the search
committee enthusiastically recommended to President Nick Carter that
Bill Herzog be chosen as the school's new Dean. Carter placed Herzog's
name in nomination before the Trustees, offering his own eager
affirmation for Herzog saying, "I believe that Bill Herzog is the right
person for this unique moment in Andover Newton's history. His
experience, wisdom, energy and vision for the transformation of
theological education offer us a complete package." President Carter
went on to note that Herzog's career has been marked by a deep
commitment to a diverse and global church community that speaks
eloquently to Andover Newton's 'border crossing' strategy to build
partnerships across racial, ethic, gender, and theological boundaries.

Herzog has published three studies of the historical Jesus: Parables as
Subversive Speech: Jesus as Pedagogue of the Oppressed (1994); Jesus,
Justice and the Reign of God (2000); and Prophet and Teacher: An
Introduction to the Historical Jesus (2005) as well as numerous other
articles. In addition to his work in New Testament, Bill is interested
in the relationship of baseball, religion and American culture. Working
with a faculty colleague, Christopher Evans, he has co-edited a
collection of essays entitled The Faith of Fifty Million: Essays on
Baseball, Religion and American Culture (2002). He is a life long member
of the Red Sox Nation.

Bill was ordained on July 10, 1969 (the day that Neil Armstrong walked
on the moon) at the First Baptist Church of West Covina, California, and
served as minister of the Loraine Avenue Baptist Church in Glendora,
California from 1971-1974. During his years as a Professor of New
Testament, he has served a number of churches as an Interim Minister,
and he is currently a Pastoral and Educational Associate on the staff of
Christ Episcopal Church in Pittsford, NY.

He has served on the faculties of three American Baptist Seminaries:
the American Baptist Seminary of the West and the Graduate Theological
Union in Berkeley, California, from 1974-1988; Central Baptist
Theological Seminary from 1988-1991; and Colgate Rochester Crozer
Divinity School from 1991-2006. He was dean at both Central Baptist
Theological Seminary and Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. While
at CRCDS, Herzog played a leading role in helping develop that school's
nationally recognized Black Church Studies program.

Mary Herzog is a graduate of Boston University and a registered nurse
working as a school nurse in Webster High School. She is an avid
gardener who keeps flower beds blossoming from April through October, no
small task in Rochester's climate. Mary and Bill have two children in
college. Dan is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh, and Catherine
is a sophomore at the University of Maryland.

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Karen Brockney
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