For the first time, U.S. Lutheran seminary taps woman president

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
A clergywoman and administrator who in the early 1990s helped shape the seminary education plans for the newly merged Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has become the first woman to head a U.S. Lutheran seminary.

Phyllis B. Anderson, 61, was named this month to head the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California, starting in February. She succeeds Timothy F. Lull, who died May 20 from complications following surgery. Ted F. Peters has been serving as interim president of the 1,400-student seminary.

Pacific Lutheran, one of eight ELCA seminaries, is affiliated with the multidenominational Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and environs. Neither the West Coast nor ecumenical academic coalitions are new to Anderson, who has been director since 1998 of the Institute for Ecumenical and Theological Studies at Jesuit-run Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry.


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