General Convention executive named

Maryland priest takes reins 14 months before next triennial meeting
February 28, 2005

A priest from the Diocese of Easton on Maryland’s eastern shore has been appointed executive officer of General Convention, the church’s principal legislative body.

The Rev. Gregory S. Straub, 56, rector of Emmanuel Church in Chestertown, Md., has 14 years of experience as secretary of his diocese’s convention. He will take up his new post April 15, which is 14 months before the 2006 General Convention convenes in Columbus, Ohio.

An elected deputy to the Episcopal Church's triennial meetings in 2003, 2000, 1997 and 1985, Straub served the last General Convention in Minneapolis as assistant secretary for voting in the House of Deputies.

He succeeds the Rev. Canon Rosemari Sullivan, executive officer since 1998, who resigned to become director of alumni relations at the Virginia Theological Seminary.
The executive officer is a joint appointment of Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold and the president of the House of Deputies, Dean George L. W. Werner.

“I am very impressed by Dr. Straub’s breadth of view, fair-mindedness and clear sense that this is a ministry of service to the whole church,” Griswold said. “I have every confidence that he will carry forward and expand upon the excellent work done by his predecessor, Rosemari Sullivan, and the General Convention Office staff.”

Werner, who described the search as complex and multifaceted, said Straub brought many gifts in the different areas for which the executive officer is responsible.

Straub has completed five terms as a member of his diocesan standing committee and three terms as its president. He is a member and past officer of both the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church and the National Episcopal Historians and Archivists organization.

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