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News from the Hill December 16, 2010 | back to index

Trustees Elect Drummond as New Dean

Dr. Sarah B. Drummond

At their meeting on December 15, the Andover Newton Board of Trustees unanimously elected Dr. Sarah B. Drummond to be the new Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs effective January 1, 2011.

Sarah Drummond arrived at Andover Newton in 2005 to lead the Field Education program and teach in the area of ministerial leadership. Appointed as Associate Dean of the Faculty four years ago, she went on to lead the faculty through a ground-breaking re-envisioning of the MDiv curriculum that shifted from a traditional disciplined-based design to one of the first competency-based designs in theological education. Sarah’s book Holy Clarity was published by the Alban Institute in 2009. As her scholarship developed she emerged as one of the nation’s leading authorities in theological education program evaluation.

Dr. Drummond has BA from Yale University, an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. She came to the “Hill” from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, where she had been serving as Protestant chaplain while pursuing her doctorate in educational administration. She previously served Harvard University as Assistant Dean of Freshmen as well as Chaplain for Religious Education at Memorial Church in Harvard Yard. Drummond’s research interests include leadership in theological education, ministerial formation, and institutional change. She teaches and consults in the area of program planning and evaluation for ministry and serves as an Evaluation Coach for campus religious organizations through the Evaluation Project at Valparaiso University.

She maintains a love for undergraduate campus religious life and serves Harvard University’s chapel as an affiliated minister. She is ordained in the United Church of Christ and holds her ministerial standing in the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC.