The Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, has named Ben Chandler as vice president for institutional advancement.
Chandler will be responsible for raising money to support the seminary's mission. The Seminary of the Southwest is one of 11 accredited seminaries in the Episcopal Church.
He previously worked in the development office of the Liberal Arts College at the University of Texas, and in a similar capacity at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
"Ben brings to the Seminary of the Southwest an invaluable knowledge of higher education development programs, tremendous communication skills, sound judgment, creativity and a passion for the Episcopal Church," said the Very Rev. Douglas Travis, dean and president of the seminary. "The Seminary of the Southwest is moving towards growth and long term vitality in a changing landscape for mainline denominational growth. Ben will be sharing that excitement with donors both current and future," he said
"Joining the Seminary of the Southwest is the perfect marriage of my career in educational development and personal passion for helping organizations that make a difference in our world," said Chandler, who attends two Episcopal churches in Austin - St. David's and the Church
of the Good Shepherd.
Founded after World War II by Bishop John Hines, the Seminary of the Southwest enrolls more than 100 students in a variety of degree programs. About one-half are divinity students; the rest are working lay people who are enrolled in the part-time masters' programs in counseling, spiritual formation and chaplaincy. The student body is made up of divinity degree seminarians from 21 Episcopal dioceses, as well as students from eight other faith denominations.