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.