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News from the Hill August 19, 2014 | back to index

Faculty & Administration News, Summer 2014


The Rev. Dr. Mikel Satcher began his work as Director of Student Life on Aug. 4. He holds MDiv and STM degrees from Union Theological Seminary and a PhD from Boston University and most recently spent 11 years as senior minister of Trinity Baptist Church in Arlington. He is also former Interfaith Protestant Chaplain at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center in New York, Cultural Diversity Educator at Carney Hospital, and Director of Equal Opportunity &  Institutional Development at Cape Cod Community College.

imageAlso this month, Dr. Nancy Nienhuis took on the role of Dean of Campus Life and Vice President of Operations, while also continuing her work as Professor of Theology and Social Justice. “Dr. Nienhuis is being appointed to this new position in recognition of her many contributions to Andover Newton and to fully utilize her experience and skills in both campus life and campus operations,” President Martin B. Copenhaver stated. She will work closely with Dr. Satcher to preserve and enhance the student experience and community life on campus.

A Boy Grows in Brooklyn

imageIn June, Wipf and Stock published A Boy Grows in Brooklyn: An Educational and Spiritual Memoir, in which Dr. Robert PazmiƱo tells of growing up during the 1950s and ‘60s in the interfaith neighborhood of Midwood. This book “shares spiritual lessons for living today that are applicable to readers of all ages who yearn for the joy, humor, and challenge discovered in everyday urban life,”  the publisher writes. “Memories of the Brooklyn Dodgers, neighborhood encounters, family roots, public and Sunday school teachers, pastors’ modeling, and scouting ventures are woven together in vibrant stories to enlighten the hearts, souls, and minds of readers across every stage of life.”

Field Education update,  sabbaticals

imageThe Rev. Dr. Susan Suchoki-Brown has been named Associate Director of Field Education for Supervisor/Site Support. This is a part-time position working with the Director of Ministry Studies to enhance the field ed experience of Andover Newton Students. A longtime instructor in the Professor-Practitioner Program, she brings to the job a background of pastoral ministry and chaplaincy, academic work on anti-racism ministries, and a knowledge of Unitarian Universalist ministry formation. She currently serves as pastor of First Parish (UU) in Leominster.

Professors on sabbatical this year include Benjamin Valentin (fall 2014), Elizabeth Nordbeck and Jennifer Howe Peace (spring 2015), and Nimi Wariboko (fall and spring).