Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California and Drew University in Madison, New Jersey have announced the appointment of Dr. Jeffrey Kuan, an associate professor at PSR, as Dean of the Drew Theological School.
He will be leaving PSR at the end of the fall semester to take the new position, which will commence in January 2011.
Kuan is an ordained Elder and Full Member of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
He has been at PSR for 19 years as associate professor of Old Testament and director of the Certificate for Ministry Studies program. In fall 2007 he served as acting dean during the dean's sabbatical. Most recently he served as a faculty representative to PSR's presidential search committee.
"I see my selection as the next dean of Drew Theological School as a calling of God and The United Methodist Church," Kuan says. "I am excited and humbled to be entrusted with this enormous challenge to lead an outstanding theological school of my denomination. In 1991, PSR took a chance on calling me as assistant professor, and I have continued to be deeply appreciative of the faculty, and particularly the chair of the search committee, Karen Lebacqz, for giving me that opportunity."
Dr. Kuan holds a PhD from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and a Master of Theological Studies from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.
"When another school steals one of your best faculty members, it's a sign of honor," said PSR President Bill McKinney. "In many ways Jeffrey has embodied PSR's 'Tradition of Boldness.' He has been an integral leader at PSR and in the wider church. He will be sorely missed."
Kuan also currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church and Chair of the Division of Higher Education.
In announcing the appointment, Drew Provost and Academic Vice President, Dr. Pamela Gunter-Smith called Kuan "a well-known and highly regarded scholar in his field," and commended the Dean's Search Committee and especially the Committee's chair, Virginia Burrus, "for their outstanding work and commitment that has resulted in this very successful outcome of our search."