Dear CTS community,
It is with mixed feelings – both a sense of sadness and a sense of collegial excitement – that I write to announce that Edwin Aponte, CTS Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, has accepted an offer to be the next Dean and Chief Executive of Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This position (though it is called “Dean,” it is tantamount to a presidency of a seminary embedded in a university) is a wonderful opportunity for Ed and Laura, who originally came to CTS from the East Coast and still call the Philadelphia area home. Though we are of course saddened to see them go, we also rejoice at the new forms of service to the church and academy that this opportunity will afford.
At the same time, I am delighted to announce that Professor Bill Kincaid will serve as Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at CTS, effective July 1, 2014. Bill's steady hand, wise mind, and pastor's spirit will help lead us through this transition in the Dean's Office, and I know I speak for all of us when I say I am enormously grateful for his willingness to serve in this way.
For now, with our hearts both heavy and encouraged, we give thanks for Ed and his many contributions to CTS, even as we celebrate with him the extraordinary honor this new appointment represents. Ed will be with us until June 30, 2014, and he is already hard at work toward ensuring a smooth transition. In due course, we will find time to formally honor and thank him for his work.