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Dean of Religious Life Joel Lohr has been appointed president of Hartford Seminary in Connecticut

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Dean of Religious Life Joel Lohr to become president of Hartford Seminary

Mar 6, 2018

Joel Lohr, dean of religious life, has been appointed president of Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut, effective July 16.

As Dean of Religious Life and University Multifaith Chaplain since 2012, Lohr has helped foster an inclusive university community through his work with students, faculty, staff and community groups through trainings and many campus and community events. He has been a stalwart champion of diversity, engaging students in rich discussions to deepen their understanding of different faiths and religious perspectives. 

"Joel is an outstanding leader and university citizen," said President Pamela A. Eibeck. "He has an innate ability to bring together people from the university and our communities and work with them in respect and appreciation for their differences. He demonstrates through his actions every day our core value of diversity and inclusion."  

As a faculty member with a joint appointment in the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education and the Department of Religious Studies in the College of the Pacific, he has taught in the Honors Program and developed popular courses on an array of subjects, such as this spring's "Punk, Metal, and the Meaning of Life." In addition, Lohr has served on many committees and university-wide initiatives and written or edited 10 books and numerous articles.  

"I appreciate Joel's many contributions to Pacific," said Vice President for Student Life Patrick Day. "He has helped us develop a greater sense of connectedness, of consciousness and of community. Joel also has helped us reconnect to our United Methodist heritage and to Central United Methodist Church of Stockton, a long-time valued partner. His calm and centered approach has guided us in profound ways that have helped Pacific build a strong set of values and vision for the future. Joel undoubtedly will be an exceptional leader for Hartford, and I wish him every success in his new role."   

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