Barney Hawkins to lead Virginia Seminary's institutional advancement office

February 25, 2009

The Board of Trustees of Virginia Theological Seminary has appointed the Rev. Dr. J. Barney Hawkins IV, associate dean and director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies, as vice president of institutional advancement.

Hawkins has served as interim director of the Office of Institutional Advancement since his predecessor, Ed Hall, retired in September 2008.

"Barney brings tremendous gifts to his work," said the Very Rev. Ian Markham, dean and president of Virginia Seminary. "He is well-connected within the Episcopal Church; has a passion for theological education and is skilled at explaining the Seminary's mission; and he has an interest and experience in the area of fundraising and development."

Before joining the Seminary faculty in 2000, Hawkins served as rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as rector of the Church of the Ascension in Hickory, North Carolina, a position he held for almost 14 years. Dr. Hawkins has served on the boards of Episcopal Relief and Development and Kanuga Conferences, Inc. He is presently treasurer of the North American Regional Committee of St. George's College, Jerusalem. Hawkins holds an undergraduate degree from Furman University, an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Duke University.

Hawkins will continue to serve as the Honorary Associate at Immanuel Church on the Hill in Alexandria, Virginia and as Associate Dean for the Center for Anglican Communion Studies and Professor of Pastoral Theology at Virginia Seminary.

"This is a great honor for me," Hawkins said upon receiving the news of his appointment. "VTS has been a very strong leader in theological education for a long time and I look forward to working with Dean Markham and the staff of Institutional Advancement as we move from ‘strength to strength', even in these tough economic times."