UTS Welcomes Hugh Spurgin as Interim President

The Board of Trustees of the Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) voted on January 7, 2015 to appoint Dr. Hugh Spurgin as its Interim President. At the same meeting, the Board thanked the outgoing president, Dr. Richard Panzer, for his valuable contributions to UTS since 2010 and wished him well.

Responses to "the Future of Barrytown" Survey

UTS alumni, friends and supporters will be interested to hear that more than 600 Unificationists have signed the "Keep Barrytown College and UTS" online petition launched 3 days ago by Barrytown College students.


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Dr. Lonnie McLeodOn July 1, 2008, Dr. Lonnie McLeod was appointed Dean of the New York City Extension of Unification Theological Seminary. Dr. McLeod has been serving as the seminary's Director of Ecumenical Recruitment and Advancement, as well as adjunct professor.

Dr. McLeod is the pastor of the Church of the Living Hope in East Harlem, New York. Past Moderator and Past Dean of the Metropolitan Association of the United Church of Christ, Inc., and former adjunct professor at New York Theological Seminary, Dr. McLeod is the President of the Exodus Transitional Community, an organization featured in the 2004 State of the Union Address as a best practice model and Faith Based Initiative that should be duplicated nationally. He is a National Facilitator and trainer for the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ) the National Religious Affairs Association (NRAA) and an Executive Committee Member of the American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC).

Dr. McLeod has preached and lectured in Jerusalem, Vatican City in Rome, France, Hawaii, Jamaica and countless cities and states in North America. He graduated (cum laude) from Marist College with a B. A. in Political Science. He received a Masters of Professional Studies, a Masters of Divinity (valedictorian), and a Doctorate in Ministry from New York Theological Seminary. He is a member of the prestigious fraternity, Sigma Pi Phi (the Boule).

UTS will formally welcome Dr. McLeod as the new Dean, at an "evening with the Dean" on Friday, September 19, beginning at 6:00 p.m.