Gammon taps Crawford as Interim President-Dean
ATLANTA – Gammon Theological Seminary has named the Rev. Dr. Joseph Crawford as its Interim President-Dean, beginning July 1, 2020. Dr. Crawford will succeed the Rev. Dr. Ken Walden, who will transition out of the president-dean role effective June 30, 2020.
“Dr. Crawford is a dedicated and knowledgeable Gammon alumnus who will lead our distinguished theological institution well in this time of transition,” said Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, chairperson of the Gammon Board of Trustees. “He has served with distinction both as a member of the Gammon Board of Trustees and as president of the Interdenominational Theological Center Board of Trustees.
"We are pleased Dr. Crawford has agreed to serve his alma mater until a permanent president-dean is elected.”
Dr. Crawford is entering the retired relationship in the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church after serving in several significant capacities during his active ministry – most recently as pastor of Fort Street United Methodist Church in Atlanta.
The appointment of Dr. Crawford completes the first phase of work by the Gammon Board of Trustees’ Transition/Search Committee, which is chaired by Dr. Mackie H. Norris. The committee is well into its second phase – establishing the process and criteria to be used in identifying, recruiting, vetting and electing the next president-dean.
The open application period will begin June 15, 2020. Information about the application process will be available soon at gammon-itc.org. The Board of Trustees anticipates the election process will be complete in time for the President-Dean-Elect to be introduced at the 2020 Founders’ Day festivities in December.