ESR Announces Dean Transition
Jay Marshall, dean of Earlham School of Religion and vice president of Earlham, will retire from his position as of June 30, 2018.
Jay has dedicated his professional energies to ESR for 20 years. Under his leadership, ESR created a vibrant distance learning program that now attracts students from across the country and several other countries. He has helped to strengthen the school's international connections, particularly in Africa and Latin America.
"Serving ESR has felt like a gift," Marshall shared. "I have always understood this work as ministry where I served God by helping create the space where others discerned and responded to their own calls. I am grateful to ESR's founders whose vision led to the school's creation, and proud to be counted among those who have stewarded this important work."
Marshall's leadership has been crucial as ESR has formed a strong collaborative relationship with Bethany Seminary, as the two schools have created a vibrant and diverse seminary community at the corner of National Road and College Avenue. Jay has also championed ESR's leadership and entrepreneurial programs, which merge Quaker insights and distinctives with the business world.
"During my first year as President, I have appreciated Jay's thoughtful counsel and steadfast commitment to this institution," stated Earlham College President Alan Price. "I sincerely thank Jay for all that he has done for ESR, and I wish him well as he enters the next chapter."
Price will soon announce an interim ESR dean and share plans for a national search to identify Jay's successor.