Turner named new Disciples Seminary Foundation dean

May 3, 2011

MDTportraitMary Donovan Turner has been appointed dean of the Disciples Seminary Foundation, Berkeley campus, beginning January 1, 2012 by Jon Berquist, president of the Disciples Seminary Foundation, and Riess Potterveld, president of Pacific School of Religion.

Turner, the Carl Patton Professor of Homiletics at PSR,
served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty for Pacific School of Religion from 2006 to 2009. She plans to continue her teaching in both the seminary and the Graduate
Theological Union while serving as dean of the DSF Berkeley campus.

"The news that Mary Donovan Turner would step into this role has been
greeted with exultation," said Potterveld. "She is well-known in Disciples and ecumenical
circles, and has gained national recognition through her sermons,
writings, and work with the local, regional, and national church.”

Turner will succeed Joseph Driskill, who is retiring as dean of the Disciples Seminary Foundation, Berkeley campus, after serving as dean and assistant dean since 1993.

“Joe Driskill has served two institutions extremely well and been a central figure in making this partnership work," said Potterveld. "He has been enormously helpful as mentor and guide to students and has created a deep and close relationship among the seminary, the Foundation, and DOC churches and leaders in our region."