Britton named dean of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale

April 24, 2003

The Board of Trustees of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale today announced the appointment of the Rev. Canon Joseph Harp Britton as dean of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and associate dean of Yale Divinity School.

Britton, formerly the canon missioner of the Convocation of American Churches in Europe, comes to Berkeley from the European Institute of Christian Studies in Paris, where he is the founding director. He received his A.B. from Harvard University in 1982, an M.Div. with honors from The General Theological Seminary in 1989, and a Th.D. in moral and systematic theology from the Institut Catholique de Paris in 2002.

Before going to Paris, Britton served parishes in New York, Massachusetts, and California. He has also served as a tutor for the East Anglian Ministerial Training Course in Cambridge, England and as a thesis director for Columbia University Programs in Paris. His work has been published in such journals as the Anglican Theological Review, Anglican and Episcopal History, and the Sewanee Theological Review.

Britton noted that, 'through its affiliation with Yale Divinity School, Berkeley offers an extraordinary opportunity for the formation of new clergy with both an intellectual and spiritual depth. Working within a rich ecumenical and academic environment, Berkeley students have the possibility to become grounded in the remarkable diversity of the Christian experience, as well as in the particular ethos of the Anglican tradition.'

The new dean, whose appointment is effective July 1, is an Episcopal Church Foundation Fellow, and a member of the Society of Christian Ethics and the American Academy of Religion. He has represented the Episcopal Church in a number of ecumenical roles, including as a Scaife-Anderson Fellow at the Russian Orthodox Institut Saint-Serge in Paris. Britton will succeed Bishop Frederick H. Borsch, the retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, who served as interim dean.