Jeffrey Kuan named dean of Drew Theological School

June 9, 2010

Associate Professor Jeffrey Kuan has been appointed dean of the theological school at Drew University, a United Methodist institution in Madison, New Jersey and will be leaving PSR at the end of the fall semester to take the new position.

Kuan has been at PSR for 19 years as associate professor of Old Testament and director of the Certificate for Ministry Studies program. In fall 2007 he served as acting dean during Mary Donovan Turner’s sabbatical. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, Kuan has served on the board of directors of UMC’s General Board of Higher Education and Ministry since 2004.

“I see my selection as the next dean of Drew Theological School as a calling of God and the United Methodist Church,” says Kuan. “I am excited and humbled to be entrusted with this enormous challenge to lead an outstanding theological school of my denomination. In 1991, PSR took a chance on calling me as assistant professor, and I have continued to be deeply appreciative of the faculty, and particularly the chair of the search committee, Karen Lebacqz, for giving me that opportunity.”

“In many ways Jeffrey has embodied PSR’s ‘Tradition of Boldness,’” said President Bill McKinney. “He has been an integral leader at PSR and in the wider church. He will be sorely missed.”