PSR Trustees name Interim President and Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs

April 25, 2014

At a special meeting of the PSR trustees on April 24th, the trustees voted unanimously to call current Dean, Dr. Bernard Schlager, to be the Interim President of Pacific School of Religion starting on June 1, 2014. Dr. Schlager has served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty since July 1, 2013. One of the original staff members of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry, he has shown remarkable gifts as both a teacher and an administrator. Julien Phillips, chair of the Board of Trustees, announced the election: “We need an Interim President who is deeply knowledgeable about PSR, who understands and is committed to the vision for our future that we are pursuing, and who has a track record as an effective leader. Bernie Schlager meets those criteria admirably. Moreover, he is fully acquainted with the M.Div. revision, the accreditation process, the initiatives on the new Center for Spiritual and Social Transformation, and all of the other major projects in which we are engaged.” Dr. Schlager earned his PhD from Yale University. He has taught at the University of New Hampshire, Trinity College, and Yale. In accepting the Interim Presidency, Dr. Schlager made clear that he would not be a candidate in the current search for a settled president.

Current Acting President Stephen Sterner made a one year commitment to serve PSR, and he is returning to his home and family in South Carolina.

While Dr. Schlager serves as Interim President, the trustees, with the endorsement of the faculty, have elected Dr. Randall Miller as the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean starting on June 1, 2014. Dr. Miller, who has been appointed to PSR’s faculty for four years, currently serves as the Professor of United Methodist Studies, Ethics and Leadership as well as the faculty co-lead for the Center for Spiritual and Social Transformation and the faculty coordinator for the Changemaker Fellows Program. Dr. Miller earned his PhD from the Graduate Theological Union and has previously held senior positions in at various philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. Dr. Miller also holds several high level board positions within the United Methodist Church.

The search committee for a permanent president continues to gather the names of potential candidates. It is expected that a settled President will be named by late summer or early fall, and will begin on or before January 1, 2015.

You can make a gift in honor of Dr. Schlager and/or Dr. Miller as part of Pacific School of Religion's spring campaign