We are in the middle of a very significant year: September 20, 2015 was the beginning of the 40th year of theological education at UTS. I hope that you will join with me this anniversary year by contributing to the Annual Fund and the 40/40 Campaign.

Donors make bequests to make a difference after they are gone. Mary Goodman, a New Haven laundress who bequeathed her life savings (nearly $5,000) to Yale Divinity School to provide scholarships for African Americans, was especially successful in this regard: her bequest supported the school’s first black students, and continues to support students today, nearly 144 years later.

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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.

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