Bishop Harrison elected chair of Southwest's board of trustees

June 17, 2009

Bishop Dena Harrison, a 1987 graduate of Seminary of the Southwest, is the new chair of the seminary's board of trustees. Harrison is the first woman to head the Southwest board.

Harrison joined the Southwest board in 2005 and was chair of its faculty and education committee and member of the finance committee before being elected board chair. Harrison succeeds Bishop Don Wimberly, who retired in June. Seminary policy allows the Bishop of Texas (the de facto board chair) – now Bishop Andy Doyle – to name someone else to chair the Southwest board.

Harrison is the regional bishop for the Diocese of Texas and has pastoral oversight of congregations in the Austin, Central, Southwest, and Northwest convocations. The diocesan regional office is on Southwest's campus and its new quarters will be dedicated in September.

Following graduation from Southwest, Harrison was assistant rector at All Saints', Austin, and rector of St. James' Church in LaGrange and St. James the Apostle in Conroe. Bishop Harrison left parish ministry in 2000 to be canon to the ordinary at the diocesan center in Houston. Three years later, she was appointed archdeacon and canon for ministry in the Diocese of Texas.

In addition to Seminary of the Southwest, she chairs the St. Luke's Episcopal Health System and is bishop's liaison to St. Stephen's Episcopal School and El Buen Samaritano in Austin.

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