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Dean Announces a Promotion and a New Appointment

Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sarah B. Drummond is pleased to announce two new appointees will support Andover Newton’s educational mission in the year to come.

The Rev. Dr. Susan Suchocki-Brown will become the Director of Ministry Studies, succeeding Prof. Lorena Parrish, who will leave Andover Newton to take up a named chair in a sister seminary. Currently the Associate Director, Susan is deeply familiar with Andover Newton in that she has earned both a masters’ and doctoral degree from the School and has served in various adjunct faculty roles in ministry studies for nine years. Her promotion into the role of Director at this crucial moment for the School reflects the faculty’s confidence in Susan’s leadership and pastoral gifts.

The Rev. Dr. Christiane “Christy” Lang Hearlson (pictured) will enter a newly created position as Director of Advising and Assessment. A Presbyterian minister, Christy previously served as Associate Pastor for Christian Education and Discipleship at The Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City. She also worked as academic advisor to Dual-Degree Masters’ students at Princeton Seminary, from which she received her PhD in Practical Theology. In addition to advising all Masters' of Divinity students whose advisors will not be in-residence next year, Christy will teach one course in Practical Theology in the fall semester on Wednesday afternoons. Passionately dedicated to all things education, Christy has impressed this community with her kind generosity as well as her uncanny grasp of educational systems. She lives on campus with her spouse, The Rev. Dr. Adam Hearlson, and their son, Elliot.

Both appointees will assume their new roles July 1. The faculty extends a warm and grateful welcome to them both.

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