The College for Bishops seeks new managing director

College for Bishops Director Search Committee
Posted Jan 25, 2019

The Rt. Rev. David E. and Helen R. Richards College for Bishops is seeking a new Managing Director. After faithfully serving as the Managing Director of the College since 1998, The Rt. Rev. Clayton F. Matthews retires later this year.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who serves as the President of the Board for the College appointed a search committee comprised of members of the board: Canon Mary MacGregor, Diocese of Texas; The Rev. Canon Elise Johnstone, Diocese of Lexington; The Rt. Rev. Duncan Gray, III, Bishop of Mississippi, Resigned; The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, Dean of the School of Theology, the University of the South; and The Rt. Rev. Mark Bourlakas, Bishop of Southwestern Virginia, Convener.

It is expected that the new Managing Director will begin later in 2019. To read more about the position, please visit Applications are being received until February 1.

In 2018, the leadership of the College, in recognition of the needs of the changing Church, expanded the board in order to have a more diverse body of voices from across the Church, more inclusive of the assembly of the Baptized. It is with this expanded leadership that the next Managing Director, working in conjunction with the Board, will lead and support the programs of the College, which currently include the 90-Day Companion, to support newly elected bishops with the guidance of an active bishop; the New Bishops & Spouses/Partners Conference to assist new bishops and spouses as they encounter a new location, new expectations, and new responsibilities; Living Our Vows, a 3-year canonically mandated three-year transitional resource program designed to support new bishops and equip them for transformative leadership; the Conference on Orderly Transitions, which offers a theological, spiritual and practical framework for bishops and spouses to prepare for the transition into retirement; and Project Resource, a training program for diocesan and leaders, lay and ordained, that equips them to train diocesan members to develop financial resources in their own context.

The College for Bishops was formed in 1993. The mission of the College for Bishops is to provide opportunities for education and formation that will strengthen bishops in their personal lives, as diocesan leaders in God’s mission and in their vocation to God as a community of bishops in service to the Episcopal Church.