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Leadership Council

The HDS Leadership Council is a society of alumni and friends who annually provide exceptional support and advocacy for the School. Individuals who give $1,000 or more automatically become members of the Council for the following year. This essential corps of supporters provided a third of The HDS Fund total during fiscal year 2015. The school is grateful to those who do so much to make our work possible.

Leadership Council members receive periodic updates from the School, as well as an invitation to the Dean’s Leadership Forum in the spring (see below). For more information about the Council, please contact Michael Goetz, associate director, annual giving and alumni relations.

  • Jim Swartz, AB ’64, and Louanne Hempton

    Jim Swartz, AB ’64, and Louanne Hempton

  • Dean’s Council Chair Tom Stanton, with Peter K. Anagnostos, MTS ’86

    Dean’s Council Chair Tom Stanton with Peter Anagnostos, MTS ’86

  • Richard A. Coutinho, MTS ’94, Charles Bennison, BD ’68, THM ’70, and Quardricos B. Driskell, MTS ’08

    Richard A. Coutinho, MTS ’94, Charles Bennison, BD ’68, THM ’70, and Quardricos B. Driskell, MTS ’08

  • Susie Hayward, MDiv ’07, and Dudley Rose, MDiv ’83

    Susie Hayward, MDiv ’07, and Dudley Rose, MDiv ’83

  • Derek van Bever, MBA ’88, MDiv ’11

    Derek van Bever, MBA ’88, MDiv ’11

  • Angie Thurston, MDiv candidate, and Casper ter Kuile, MDiv and MPP candidate

    Angie Thurston, MDiv candidate, and Casper ter Kuile, MDiv and MPP candidate

  • Angie Thurston, MDiv candidate

    Angie Thurston, MDiv candidate

  • Philip Atkins-Pattenson, MDiv ’77, and Rick Santos, MTS ’92

    Philip Atkins-Pattenson, MDiv ’77, and Rick Santos, MTS ’92

  • Susan Lawler, Bjorn Sorenson, MTS ’02, and Amanda Jones

    Susan Lawler, Bjorn Sorenson, MTS ’02, and Amanda Jones

  • Jerrold Mitchell, JD ’64, MTS ’97, HDS ’99, and Sam Hayes, MBA ’61, DBA ’66

    Jerrold Mitchell, JD ’64, MTS ’97, HDS ’99, and Sam Hayes, MBA ’61, DBA ’66

  • Dan Fenn Jr., AB ’44, AM ’72, Cynthia Hanson, and Paul Hanson, PhD ’70

    Dan Fenn Jr., AB ’44, AM ’72, Cynthia Hanson, and Paul Hanson, PhD ’70

  • Bill Graham, AM ’70, PhD ’73, and Dean’s Council Chair Tom Stanton

    Bill Graham, AM ’70, PhD ’73, and Dean’s Council Chair Tom Stanton

  • George Rupp, PhD ’72, and Jim Swartz, AB ’64

    George Rupp, PhD ’72, and Jim Swartz, AB ’64

  • Campaign Co-Chair Ram Sudireddy and Nick Tuozzolo

    Campaign Co-Chair Ram Sudireddy and Nick Tuozzolo

  • Angie Thurston, MDiv candidate, and Connie Williams

    Angie Thurston, MDiv candidate, and Connie Williams

  • Betsee Parker, MDiv ’85, and Raymond Kahng, MDiv ’96, ThM ’98

    Betsee Parker, MDiv ’85, and Raymond Kahng, MDiv ’96, ThM ’98

  • Bill Graham, AM ’70, PhD ’73, Betsee Parker, MDiv ’85, Barbara Graham, EDM ’81, EDD ’89, and George Rupp, PhD ’72

    Bill Graham, AM ’70, PhD ’73, Betsee Parker, MDiv ’85, Barbara Graham, EDM ’81, EDD ’89, and George Rupp, PhD ’72

  • Associate Dean of Faculty Dan McKanan, AB ’89

    Associate Dean of Faculty Dan McKanan, AB ’89

  • E.J. Dionne, AB ’73

    E.J. Dionne, AB ’73

  • Audience at the Dean’s Leadership Forum

    Audience at the Dean’s Leadership Forum

  • E.J. Dionne, AB ’73, in conversation with Catherine Brekus, AB ’85

    E.J. Dionne, AB ’73, in conversation with Catherine Brekus, AB ’85

  • E.J. Dionne, AB ’73, in conversation with Catherine Brekus, AB ’85

    E.J. Dionne, AB ’73, in conversation with Catherine Brekus, AB ’85

  • Quardricos Driskell, MTS ’08, and Susie Hayward, MDiv ’07

    Quardricos Driskell, MTS ’08, and Susie Hayward, MDiv ’07

  • E.J. Dionne, AB ’73

    E.J. Dionne, AB ’73

  • Dean David Hempton, E.J. Dionne, AB ’73, and Catherine Brekus, AB ’85

    Dean David Hempton, E.J. Dionne, AB ’73, and Catherine Brekus, AB ’85

  • Jill Abramson, AB ’76, E.J. Dionne, AB ’73, and Dean David Hempton

    Jill Abramson, AB ’76, E.J. Dionne, AB ’73, and Dean David Hempton

  • Jill Abramson, AB ’76, and E.J. Dionne, AB ’73

    Jill Abramson, AB ’76, and E.J. Dionne, AB ’73

  • Valarie Kaur, MTS ’07, and Campaign Co-Chair Susan Swartz

    Valarie Kaur, MTS ’07, and Campaign Co-Chair Susan Swartz

  • Audience speaking with E.J. Dionne, AB ’73

    Audience speaking with E.J. Dionne, AB ’73

  • Valarie Kaur, MTS ’07, and E.J. Dionne, AB ’73

    Valarie Kaur, MTS ’07, and E.J. Dionne, AB ’73

  • Tom O’Donnell, AB ’47, LLB ’49

    Tom O’Donnell, AB ’47, LLB ’49

  • Meg Withgott, HDS ’09, and Pat Byrne

    Meg Withgott, HDS ’09, and Pat Byrne

  • Shira Telushkin, MTS candidate, at the podium

    Shira Telushkin, MTS candidate, at the podium

  • Jill Abramson, AB ’76, at the podium

    Jill Abramson, AB ’76, at the podium

  • Dean David Hempton at the podium

    Dean David Hempton at the podium

  • Matthew Burt, MDiv ’01, Michael Geotz, EDM ’15, Sejal Patel, MTS ’14, Yasmeen Shaheen-McConnell , MTS ’13

    Matthew Burt, MDiv ’01, Michael Geotz, EDM ’15, Sejal Patel, MTS ’14, Yasmeen Shaheen-McConnell , MTS ’13

  • 2016 Gomes Honoree, Valarie Kaur, MTS’07, enjoys a light moment during the Dean’s Leadership Forum

    2016 Gomes Honoree, Valarie Kaur, MTS’07, enjoys a light moment during the Dean’s Leadership Forum

  • Dean’s Leadership Forum audience laughing during E.J. Dionne’s talk

    Dean’s Leadership Forum audience laughing during E.J. Dionne’s talk

Dean’s Leadership Forum

Faculty, students, and leadership supporters gathered on April 8, 2016, for a series of discussions on the ways that religion shapes people, communities, and the world.

Held annually in Cambridge, the Dean’s Leadership Forum is an opportunity for Harvard Divinity School’s most devoted alumni and friends to connect with thought leaders in faith, ethics, culture, politics, public life, and many other spheres.

Welcome

David N. Hempton, Dean, Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies, John Lord O’Brian Professor of Divinity

Ramakrishna Sudireddy, Campaign Co-Chair

The Future of Spiritual Community

Casper Ter Kuile, MDiv and MPP candidate

Angie Thurston, MDiv candidate

Derek Van Bever, MBA ’88, MDiv ’11, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration and Director, Forum for Innovation and Growth, Harvard Business School

Are Pope Francis and Donald Trump Changing Religion’s Role in American Politics?

E.J. Dionne, AB ’73, Washington Post columnist, Brookings Institute Senior Fellow, and professor at Georgetown University, in conversation with Catherine A. Brekus, AB ’85, Charles Warren Professor of the History of Religion in America.

Bicentennial partners

Members of the Leadership Council who pledge an increased level of support during the bicentennial are recognized as Bicentennial Partners in the annual Dean’s Report. For more information contact Michael Goetz, associate director of development, annual giving and alumni relations.

Kirkland Society

Institutional partners who join HDS in our commitment to strengthening communities across New England. They join us in celebrating our 200th birthday by making a special gift in 2016-17, and will be recognized in the annual Dean’s Report and the HDS website. For more information contact Loren Gary, associate director of major gifts.

Emerson Circle

Members of the Emerson Circle have contributed to the School for 20 or more consecutive years. For their unwavering loyalty HDS extends its deepest gratitude to these individuals, who are recognized annually in the Dean’s Report. For more information contact Lauren Wilson, associate director for campaign and donor relations.

James Luther Adams Society

HDS honors our friends who have pledged their support to the School through life income plans, bequests, gifts-in-kind, or other planned gift arrangements. They are recognized annually in the Dean’s Report. For more information contact Lauren Wilson, associate director for campaign and donor relations.

Related News

Pope Francis, Trump, and Religion’s Role in American Politics

Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne shared his insight on America's political landscape—and the influence religion has on it—during the Dean's Leadership Forum on April 8, 2016. Read more

New Ministries for Millennials

Millennials hungry for deep connection are creating new spiritual communities even as they turn away from organized religion, say HDS students Angie Thurston and Casper ter Kuile. Read more