By registration; The Seminar for New Executive Officers (January 23-24, 2023) will explore the range of responsibilities foundational to executive leadership, while also giving newly appointed presidents, rectors, and executive deans an opportunity to connect with new colleagues, to learn from experienced leaders, and to reflect together on their roles and identities as institutional leaders in theological education. New executive officers are encouraged to participate within the first three years of assuming their position, and are welcome to remain for the Executive Leadership Colloquium.
The Executive Leadership Colloquium (January 24-26, 2023), open to all presidents and chief executive officers, is designed to encourage the development of professional relationships among presidential colleagues, as well as to promote learning and provide current resources for effective executive leadership at ATS member schools. Sessions will create space for participants to explore together topics of common concern and to continue building skills for effective service in their institutions and communities. #ATSExecutives2023
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December 30, 2022
Colleen Derr serves as president of Wesley Seminary and previously served as associate professor of congregational formation. Her academic interests include spiritual formation, children and family ministry, intergenerational formation, and formation in community. Derr has led Wesley Seminary to 30 consecutive months of enrollment growth that includes a highly diverse student population consisting of 25% Spanish-language students, 53% students of color living in 42 different countries, and identifying with 65 denominations. Under her leadership, Wesley continues to push the innovative boundaries in theological education.
Derr is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church and served in denominational leadership and local church Christian education for more than 30 years and has taught in public and private schools. Her latest publications include An Oak Tree of Exposition published by Wesleyan Publishing House, 2022, and Renewing Communication: Spirit-Shaped Approaches for Children, Youth, and Families published by IVP Academic, 2020.
Stephen R. Graham joined the ATS staff in January 2008 as director of faculty development and initiatives in theological education, was named senior director of programs and services in 2013, began assisting as a director of accreditation in 2020, and was named strategic director of context and continuity in 2021. Prior to joining ATS, he served as the dean of faculty and professor of American church history at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. A member of the American Academy of Religion and the American Society of Church History, he was active in the Chief Academic Officers Society of ATS and now provides staff leadership for the ATS School for New Deans.
Graham oversees the Association’s work of leadership education with presidents, is currently directing the ATS Organizational and Educational Models in Theological Education project, and provides the historical perspective of who ATS is and what it has been as an organization. He works to contextualize the Association's past legacy and its present, and studies how the two contribute toward the future. He has published two books—Cosmos in the Chaos: Philip Schaff’s Interpretation of Nineteenth Century American Religion and Come to the Table: North Park Covenant Church, 1898–1998, A Century of Heritage and Hope—as well as numerous articles on the history of Christianity in the United States and theological education.
Vergel L. Lattimore III serves as president and professor of pastoral psychology and counseling at Hood Theological Seminary. He is professor emeritus of pastoral care and counseling and former director of the MA in counseling ministries at Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Lattimore served as director of counseling at Addiction and Psychological Services at the Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc. He also previously worked as a core staff pastoral counselor/area coordinator at Onondaga Pastoral Counseling Center and as assistant dean in the Office of Minority Affairs at Duke University. Lattimore is a published poet in Beyond the Stars. He is an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. He was the first African American chaplain to attain the rank of Brigadier General in the US Air Force and the Air National Guard. He is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; a licensed independent marriage and family therapist; a member of Atrium Healthcare System, Professional Advisory Group; and a psychotherapist member of ACPE, Inc.
Chris A. Meinzer, senior director and COO for The Association of Theological Schools (ATS), is a CPA with more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Since joining the ATS staff in 1999, he has provided oversight of ATS financial and business affairs as well as the ATS institutional database—a repository of institutional, enrollment, personnel, financial, and development data provided by ATS members. Meinzer has done extensive analysis and research of this data and presented his findings in a variety of settings to administrators and boards of theological schools.
In addition, he has provided counsel to ATS member schools on issues of finances, organizational planning, and strategic thinking. Through discussions with theological schools and their leadership, Meinzer has encouraged reflection on intergenerational stewardship and its impact on both academics and economics within these schools. He has designed and implemented a revision of the ATS Strategic Information Report, a useful strategic tool that provides ATS member schools with peer and industry data on a variety of market fundamentals.
Meinzer holds an accounting degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Kerry Alys Robinson is executive partner for Global and National Initiatives at Leadership Roundtable and executive director of the Opus Prize Foundation. She has been with Leadership Roundtable since its inception, serving first as its founding executive director for 11 years, then as its global ambassador for four years, and now as executive partner for global and national initiatives. Robinson is a trustee of the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities and a member of Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities. She has been an advisor to grant making foundations, charitable nonprofits, and family philanthropies since 1990. Robinson has served on many boards, committees, and task forces. She is currently the co-chair of the Faith and Giving Task Force for the Generosity Commission, and she serves on the boards of Albertus Magnus College, Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University, the Hartford Bishops Foundation, and the International Catholic Migration Commission.
Robinson is the prize-winning author of Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy and a Spiritual Call to Service and is the founding editor of The Catholic Funding Guide: A Directory of Resources for Catholic Activities. Robinson has contributed chapters to five books, including “Leadership” in A Pope Francis Lexicon, edited by Cindy Wooden and Joshua McElwee. She has been a columnist for Chicago Catholic since 2017 and has a blog on spirituality called Love in Ordinary Time.
Robinson served as the director of development for Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University and led a $75 million dollar fundraising drive to expand and endow the Chapel's ministry and to construct a Catholic student center. Robinson co-founded ESTEEM, a national Catholic young adult leadership formation program, with Yale Catholic Chaplain, Bob Beloin, and Leadership Roundtable Founder, Geoff Boisi.
Robinson received a BA from Georgetown University and an MAR degree from Yale Divinity School, concentrating in ethics. As an undergraduate, she studied at Trinity College in Dublin and L’Institute Catholique in Paris. She is the recipient of numerous honorary doctorates and distinguished awards and has also been the inaugural speaker for several organizations’ events.
Gordon T. Smith is the president Ambrose University. He also serves as professor of systematic and spiritual theology at Ambrose Seminary of Ambrose University, a fully accredited graduate level institution of theological formation. An ordained minister with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, he is also the author of a number of books, including Evangelical, Sacramental and Pentecostal: Why The Church Should be all Three (IVPress, 2017), Institutional Intelligence (IVP 2017), and Welcome Holy Spirit: A Theological and Experiential Introduction (IVPress, 2021).
Frank M. Yamada began as executive director of The Association of Theological Schools in July 2017. He oversees the work of both the Association and the Commission on Accrediting. Prior to ATS, he joined the McCormick faculty in 2008 as associate professor of Hebrew Bible and director of the Center for Asian American Ministries. In 2011, he was elected as McCormick’s tenth president—the first Asian American to lead a Presbyterian Church (USA) seminary. His tenure there was marked by increasing diversity in McCormick’s student body and creative engagement with the shifting realities of theological education. Yamada previously had taught Hebrew Bible/Old Testament for nine years at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.
An active biblical scholar, Yamada has authored and edited books and articles on cross-cultural and feminist hermeneutics. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, where he has served as a chair and as a steering committee member of the Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics Group, the Feminist Hermeneutics of the Bible Section, and the Committee for Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession. In addition, he was a member of the Ethnic Chinese Biblical Colloquium and the American Academy of Religion, and he was the cochair for the Managing Board of the Asian Pacific Americans and Religion Research Initiative annual conference.
A graduate of Southern California College, Yamada earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, USA and has written and spoken on the future of the church and theological education.
Registration Deadline: December 20, 2022
Seminar for New Executive Officers Fee: $200.00
Executive Leadership Colloquium Fee: $400.00
Spouse/Guest Fee: $150.00 (includes all conference meals)
Participants will need to cover the costs of lodging and transportation to and from Orlando.
A block of rooms has been reserved for a group rate of $179 for single/double occupancy at the Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel.
Dress is business casual.
Date & Time
Mon, Jan 23, 2023 , —
Thu, Jan 26, 2023 ,
Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel