Richard B. Hays was installed as dean of Duke Divinity School at the 84th Opening Convocation on Aug. 31, 2010. Dean Hays, who is the George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament, is internationally recognized for his work on the letters of Paul and on New Testament ethics. His scholarship bridges the disciplines of biblical criticism and literary studies, exploring the innovative ways in which early Christian writers interpreted Israel’s Scripture.
Hays succeeds L. Gregory Jones, who stepped down after 13 years as dean to become vice president and vice provost for global strategy and programs for the university. Hays came to Duke in 1991 from the faculty of Yale Divinity School, where he earlier received the M.Div. degree. He earned a Ph.D. at Emory University.
As the Divinity School’s first worship service of the academic year, Opening Convocation includes the procession of faculty and staff in academic regalia and a formal welcome and ritual of blessing for new members of the faculty and staff.