School of Theology Dean Joel B. Green Appointed Fuller Seminary Provost

Published : Friday, July 8, 2016 | 11:48 AM

Joel B. Green, dean of Fuller’s School of Theology and professor of New Testament interpretation, has been named provost of the seminary as of June 1, 2016, replacing retiring provost C. Douglas McConnell. Dr. Green will continue to serve as dean in addition to his new role.

“It’s my great honor and privilege to appoint Dr. Green, with his exceptional gifts and proven abilities, to serve as Fuller’s provost,” said President Mark Labberton. “I see it as God’s providential gift that we have such a person as this to lead our academic mission in such critically important ways.”

In addition to his credentials as a theological scholar, Green has served in various forms of academic administration for 28 years. Joining Fuller’s faculty in 2007, he was named associate dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies in 2008—a role he will continue to hold until September—and dean of the School of Theology in 2014. Prior to coming to Fuller, he served for ten years at Asbury Theological Seminary as a faculty member, dean of the School of Theology, and provost. He has written more than 45 books, several of them award-winning, as well as scores of essays, book chapters, and reviews.

Says Green of his new appointment:

“My life has been guided by a robust sense of vocation as a ‘builder,’ a vocation that works itself out in a variety of contexts—for example, in the classroom, as an editor and author, and in academic administration. I come to the office of provost out of a strong, lifelong sense of call and look forward to participating in this way in what God is doing at Fuller Seminary.

“Higher education in America is in a season of upheaval, and seminaries are not immune to the challenges currently reshaping the landscape of our colleges and universities. As we mark the path forward here at Fuller Seminary, it’s important that we balance the sort of wisdom that comes from experience with an openness to fresh opportunities and possibilities. I look forward to engaging with my colleagues as we identify the best of our traditions of formation for theological, missiological, and psychological service. I also look forward to the prayerful, communal work of dreaming dreams and seeing visions of where God might lead us, today and in the coming years.”

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