Douglas Travis named seventh dean of Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest

November 15, 2006

The Rev. Dr. Douglas Travis has been named the new dean and president of the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest (ETSS). A teacher, former theological school dean and parish priest, Travis will join the ETSS community on January 1, 2007. After working with Interim Dean Philip Turner through the upcoming spring semester, Travis will assume full duties as the seminary's seventh dean on July 1.

"Dean-elect Travis brings the skills and experience of both a parish priest and the administrator of a theological school. Both of these endeavors have been undergirded by his serious theological study," said Bishop Don Wimberly of Texas, chair of the seminary trustees. "We look forward with great expectation to the leadership he will provide for the future of ETSS."

Travis comes to the seminary from Trinity Episcopal Church in The Woodlands, Texas, where he has been rector since 2001.

A native of Texas, Travis holds five academic degrees and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, an academic honor society. His academic interests focus on spirituality, spiritual direction and leadership. He was dean of the Anglican School of Theology in Dallas, Texas, from 1987 to 1991. Biographical details and photos at available here.

In addition to directing the school and teaching three courses each year, Travis was Canon Theologian at St. Matthew's Cathedral, Dallas, for two years. He then spent nine years as rector of St. James' Church, Dallas, before being called to the diocese of Texas. His teaching experience includes a two-year stint in the mid-1980s as fellow and lecturer at the Center for Christian Spirituality at General Theological Seminary in New York City.

During his tenure at Trinity, adult Christian education was greatly expanded, outreach programs flourished and parishioner support increased nearly 20 percent.

Travis is married to Pamela, an environmental attorney with the Environmental Protection Agency in Dallas. They have two adult daughters, Sasha and Nyssa.

Travis earned the Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in religion from Trinity University in 1975 where he was named a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He holds the Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, in addition to the Master of Arts degree from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. General Theological Seminary awarded him a Master of Sacred Theology degree in Spiritual Direction. He earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in 2000. His thesis is titled "In Pursuit of Christian Maturity: On Developing a Rule of Life for a Parish."