Borsch named interim dean of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale

February 20, 2002

Retired Los Angeles bishop Frederick H. Borsch has been appointed interim dean of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and associate dean of Yale University Divinity School, beginning March 1, 2002.

Chris Sonne, chairman of the Berkeley board of trustees, said, 'I am thrilled that Bishop Fred Borsch has agreed to serve as interim dean. He brings extraordinary qualifications as a prominent Episcopal Church leader, scholar, administrator and pastor. I can think of no person better equipped to lead Berkeley during this time of transition.'

The Rev. Rebecca Chopp, dean of Yale Divinity School, said, 'I am delighted to welcome Bishop Borsch as interim dean of Berkeley and associate dean at Yale Divinity School. Bishop Borsch brings wonderful pastoral skills, strong links to the Episcopal Church and connections to other denominations, expertise in the world of theological education and a great commitment to the education of leaders for the church. I look forward to working closely with him.'

Borsch, a specialist in New Testament studies, taught at the University of Birmingham, Seabury-Western Seminary, the General Theological Seminary and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, where he served as dean and president from 1972-81. Prior to his election as bishop of Los Angeles in 1988, he was dean of the chapel and religious life and professor of religion at Princeton University. He is the author or editor of 16 books and numerous articles, and has written extensively on contemporary issues in theological education and the ministry.

A member of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, Borsch served as chair of the theology committee of the House of Bishops from 1988-2000. He co-founded the Los Angeles Interfaith Environmental Council and has held numerous leadership positions within local, national and international charities and organizations.