Cynthia Briggs Kittredge will assume responsibilities of academic dean at Seminary of the Southwest on June 1.
She follows Alan P.R. Gregory, who has held the three-year appointment for two terms. At the conclusion of this academic year, Gregory will return to full-time teaching as professor of church history, according to a news release from the Austin, Texas-based seminary.
Kittredge is the Ernest J. Villavaso, Jr. Professor of New Testament at the seminary. She holds three graduate degrees, including the doctor of theology, from Harvard Divinity School. A priest in the Episcopal Church, Kittredge is canonically resident in the Diocese of Texas and serves on the staff at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Austin. She also is a member of the steering group for Theological Education in the Anglican Communion.
Gregory guided the seminary through reaccreditation processes with both the Association of Theological Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, according to the release. He oversaw the reorganization of the seminary's counseling and non-ordination programs into the Center for Christian Ministry and Vocation and the establishment of the seminary's new master of arts in spiritual formation degree.
Gregory played a key role in hiring more than half of the school's current full-time faculty, according to the release. He joined the faculty in 1995.
Earlier this year, Kittredge was appointed dean of community life at the seminary. The seminary will soon choose her successor in that position, the release said.