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Board of Commissioners

Chair

Alton Pollard
Dean
Howard University School of Divinity
Washington, DC

Vice Chair and Treasurer

William Cahoy
Dean
St. John’s University School of Theology and Seminary
Collegeville, MN

Secretary

Lester Edwin J. Ruiz
Director, Accreditation and Institutional Evaluation
The Association of Theological Schools
Pittsburgh, PA

Commission Representative to the ATS Board of Directors

John Martin
President
Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary
Rochester, NY

Class of 2016

Phillip Zylla
Academic Dean
McMaster Divinity College
Hamilton, ON

Class of 2018

Harry Gardner
President and Dean of Theology
Acadia Divinity College
Wolfville, NS

Gregory Heille
Vice President and Academic Dean
Aquinas Institute of Theology
St. Louis, MO

Mignon Jacobs
Associate Provost for Accreditation and Educational Effectiveness
Fuller Theological Seminary
Pasadena, CA

Class of 2020

Stephen Bosso
Professor of Scripture
St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary
Boynton Beach, FL

Charles Conniry
Vice President and Dean
George Fox Evangelical Seminary
Portland, OR

Sarah Drummond
Dean of the Faculty & Vice President for Academic Affairs
Andover Newton Theological School
Newton Centre, MA

Bruce Grady
Dean
Shaw University Divinity School
Raleigh, NC

Steve Lemke
Provost
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
New Orleans, LA

Polly Stone
Director of Institutional Assessment
Reformed Theological Seminary
Jackson, MS

Leanne Van Dyk
Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Western Theological Seminary
Holland, MI

Mary Young
Assistant Professor of Christian Education & Director of the MA in Christian Education
Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University
Richmond, VA

Public Members

Helen Ouellette
Vice President and CFO
Cambridge College
Cambridge, MA

Frederick J. (Jerry) Streets
Senior Pastor
Dixwell Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ
New Haven, CT

Nathanael Symeonides
Director of Ecumenical Outreach
Greek Orthodox Church
New York, NY

ATS Accrediting Staff

Tisa Lewis
Senior Director, Accreditation and Institutional Evaluation
The Association of Theological Schools
Pittsburgh, PA

Debbie Creamer
Director, Accreditation and Institutional Evaluation
The Association of Theological Schools
Pittsburgh, PA

Lori Neff
Director, Accreditation Services
The Association of Theological Schools
Pittsburgh, PA

Lester Edwin J. Ruiz
Director, Accreditation and Institutional Evaluation
The Association of Theological Schools
Pittsburgh, PA

Tom Tanner
Director, Accreditation and Institutional Evaluation
The Association of Theological Schools
Pittsburgh, PA

The academic and professional qualifications and relevant employment and organization information for Commissioners is available upon request from the Commission office. Requests may be submitted by letter (10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110) or by email. Information pertaining to Commission staff is available on the Contact Us page.