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Daniel O. Aleshire

Daniel O. Aleshire
Executive Director
412-788-6505, ext. 227

Daniel O. Aleshire was elected executive director of ATS in 1998 and oversees the work of both the Association and the Commission on Accrediting. He first joined the staff in 1990 as associate director for accreditation and was named associate executive director in 1996. During his 26 years with ATS, he has overseen two major revisions to the accrediting standards, one in 1992–1996 and the most recent one in 2008–2012. Since 1998, he has worked to establish ATS efforts related to initiatives in theological education, leadership education, and research. He has also represented North American theological education in several global contexts.   

Outside ATS, he has held positions of leadership in organizations related to accreditation, including the Commission on Postsecondary Accreditation and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation, and he currently serves on the Council for Higher Education Accreditation's Committee on Recognition.

An ordained minister, Aleshire holds a BS degree from Belmont College, the MDiv degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and an MA and PhD in psychology from George Peabody College, now Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. He served on the faculty of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1978 to 1990 and, before that, as a research scientist at Search Institute in Minneapolis, where he worked on projects related to theological education, church-related higher education, and youth service agencies.

A frequent speaker, Aleshire has also written extensively on issues of ministry and theological education. He served as a coauthor of Being There: Culture and Formation in Two Theological Seminaries, which received the 1998 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. He is also the author of Earthen Vessels: Hopeful Reflections on the Work and Future of Theological Schools, released in 2008.