The Very Rev. Canon Robert S. Munday will serve as dean and president of Nashotah House for a further five years, the board of trustees for the Wisconsin-based seminary announced recently.
Now in his eighth year as dean and president of the Anglican seminary, Munday has won the enthusiastic support of the trustees, says retired South Carolina Bishop Edward Salmon, chairman of the seminary's board. "These are hard times for seminaries across the country," Salmon said, "but Nashotah House is thriving and it's in recognition of the strength of our M.Div. program, and the tremendous growth of our distance learning and post-graduate programs, that the trustees are delighted to extend our dean's term of service here."
Throughout Munday's tenure at Nashotah House, the number of degree-seeking students has more than doubled, and currently stands at 109, a press release from the seminary said. "Ninety-five students enrolled in Nashotah House's summer school program in July, by far the largest summer school population the seminary has ever enjoyed. Most of this growth has been due to Nashotah House's Doctor of Ministry program and the M.A. in Ministry distance-learning program, both of which were instituted under Dean Munday's leadership two years ago."
"I think it's very symbolic that we are graduating our first class of distance learning students this week, because that class represents a big part of the way in which Dean Munday has grown and strengthened our seminary," Salmon said. "Later this month, Nashotah House is hosting an Anglican Missions Conference. That kind of activity represents our dean. Nashotah House is raising up faithful ministers for the church, and the kind of skilled and disciplined priests of which our church is most in need today."
Munday began a six-month sabbatical effective November 1, and in his absence Salmon is serving as pro tem dean-in-residence.