Announcing the Presidential Search Finalists

February 10, 2014

From Stan Watson, Trustee, and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee:

On behalf of the Presidential Search Committee, I am pleased to announce below our three distinguished finalists for the position of President of Pacific School of Religion. Each of the candidates will be visiting PSR's campus during the month of February and will have an opportunity to meet with trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumnae/i and others in the PSR and GTU community. The dates of the visits are: February 18-19, February 25-26, and February 27-28.

The campus visit of each candidate will include meetings with faculty, staff and students. Everyone is invited to join each candidate at a reception at 3:30 PM on the afternoon of the first day of each visit, and on the second day of the visit, at 10:00 AM. A schedule of each visit, with locations, will be distributed later this week.

The candidates are Dr. Su Yon Pak, Rev. John Fanestil, and Dr. Daisy L. Machado.

Dr. Pak is currently Senior Director & Associate Professor, Office of Integrative and Field-Based Education at Union Theological Seminary, where she directs the programs of Field Education, Life-long Learning, Ministerial Formation, and Program Initiatives.  Prior to her current position, Dr. Pak served Union Theological Seminary as Vice-President for Institutional Advancement and as Associate Dean for Student Life and Director of Recruitment.  Dr. Pak received her Ed.D in Religion and Education from Teachers College Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary and her M.A. In Christian Education from Princeton Theological Seminary.  She is a member and ruling elder of the First Presbyterian Church, New York and is an educational volunteer at the Bedford Women's Correctional Facility, New York.

Dr. Pak will visit the campus February 18-19.

Rev. Fanestil is currently Executive Director of the San Diego Foundation for Change, whose mission is to create a more progressive future for the San Diego/Tijuana region by inspiring, educating and organizing donors to make innovative and risk-taking investments in social justice.  More information about the foundation can be found on its website,  Rev. Fanestil is also an Ordained Elder of the California-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Prior to joining the foundation, he served as Senior Pastor of several UMC churches, including La Mesa, Anaheim, and Westchester.  Rev. Fanestil received his Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology and his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Rev. Fanestil will visit the campus February 25-26.

Dr. Machado is currently Professor of the History of Christianity at Union Theological Seminary and Director of the Hispanic Summer Program, Hispanic Summer Program, Inc. The mission of the Hispanic Summer Program is to supplement and enrich theological and ministerial education offered in seminaries and universities with academic courses and other activities directly addressing Hispanic history, ministry and theology. Dr. Machado served as Union Theological Seminary's Dean for Academic Affairs 2010-2013.  She received her Ph.D in History of Christianity from The Divinity School, University of Chicago and her Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. Dr. Machado is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and serves as Associate Pastor for Leadership Development at Park Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in New York.

Dr. Machado will visit the campus February 27-28.