General Seminary appoints VP and dean of academic affairs

Posted Apr 29, 2016

ens_042916_DeLashmut[The General Theological Seminary press release] The General Theological Seminary announces the appointment of Michael W. DeLashmutt, Ph.D., to the position of vice president and dean of academic affairs. The position incorporates the traditional duties of academic dean with an expanded emphasis on strengthening the current M.Div, M.A., S.T.M., and certificate programs, while developing and coordinating new lay-oriented, non-residential, vocationally focused degrees and certificates.

About the appointment, the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle, dean and president, says, “Michael DeLashmutt represents the ideal combination of experience in academic affairs, theological study, and new degree program development. His presence here moves us forward substantially in creating new programs and degrees that will best serve the church and the wider world. I am excited and proud to have him as a partner in this wonderful time for General Seminary. He will be a spectacular academic dean.”

DeLashmutt has extensive experience in academic affairs administration, as well as considerable experience teaching theology. He comes to General from Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, Washington, where he was academic dean and vice president for academic affairs, after being the associate dean of first theological degree programs at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota. DeLashmutt was previously director of Sstudies and deputy principal at Sarum College, Salisbury and lecturer in the study of the Christian church in the Department of Theology at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom.

DeLashmutt has earned a B.A. in biblical literature and theology from Northwest University, an M.A. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow, for which his thesis was entitled, “Theological Confession in a Technological Age: Sketches Towards a Theology of Technology.” He also holds a postgraduate certificate in academic practice from the University of Exeter and is a Fellow in the Higher Education Academy, also in the United Kingdom.

“I am overjoyed to be asked to join the faculty and administration at The General Theological Seminary,” say DeLashmutt. “It’s hard to imagine a more exciting time to serve and lead at this institution. I look forward to working with Dean Dunkle and the faculty to strengthen the Seminary’s already excellent programs and to develop new pathways that will provide increased access to education and formation for God’s people in today’s world.”