Laceye Warner Appointed Executive Vice Dean

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Dean Richard B. Hays announced today that Laceye Warner has been appointed executive vice dean of Duke University Divinity School, effective March 1.

Warner is an ordained elder in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and currently serves as the associate dean for academic formation and programs, associate professor of the practice of evangelism and Methodist studies, and the Royce and Jane Reynolds Teaching Fellow at the Divinity School.

Before coming to Duke in 2001, Warner taught at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University as the E. Stanley Jones Assistant Professor of Evangelism. She has served urban congregations in the Methodist Church of Great Britain, and holds a B.A. from Trinity University, an M.Div. from Duke, and a Ph.D. from Trinity College, University of Bristol.

In her new role, Warner will assume primary responsibility for day-to-day operations of the school, including the appointment and management of staff, administration of all academic programs and student services, the use of building facilities, and supervisory responsibility for the school's centers and initiatives.

"Duke Divinity School is fortunate to have Dr. Warner in this new leadership position as executive vice dean," Hays said. "Her extraordinary administrative gifts are combined with a deep understanding of the school’s mission and a passionate commitment to the work of Christian ministry."

Hays, who will continue as dean of the Divinity School, will focus on strategic vision and planning, faculty appointments and development, budget management, and representation of the school within Duke University, fundraising, and external relations.