St. Tikhon’s Seminary opens search for new Dean

SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS] — The Board of Trustees of Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary here [] announces a vacancy in the office of Dean, to be filled effective July 1, 2013.  Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest for the position of Dean are now being accepted.

Saint Tikhon’s Seminary is an institution of professional Orthodox Christian theological education, affiliated with the Orthodox Church in America, chartered by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and nationally accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.  Saint Tikhon’s Seminary offers the Master of Divinity degree, as well as the Bachelor of Arts in Theology degree, and a certificate in diaconal formation studies.

The primary purpose of the Seminary is to provide the necessary theological, spiritual, and moral foundation for Orthodox men to become good shepherds of Christ’s Holy Orthodox Church and for others to pursue advanced theological study and personal enrichment.

Dean’s Role.  The Dean is the Chief Operating Officer of the Seminary.  The Dean manages and oversees all spiritual, educational, communal, financial, and legal activities of the Seminary. The Dean represents the Seminary before all agencies -– ecclesiastical, educational, and civil -– to which it is accountable.

Candidates for the position of Dean of the Seminary should be deeply rooted in the Orthodox Faith, possess the general qualifications for a full-time position on the Seminary faculty, and hold a terminal degree.  They should have demonstrated success in exercising effective spiritual, academic, pastoral, administrative, and developmental leadership skills as well as the ability to communicate the vision of the Seminary and to interact effectively with the entire Seminary community, constituencies, supporters, donors, and potential students.

Applications.  Applications should include a detailed letter demonstrating the candidate’s suitability for the position, a current curriculum vitae, and a list of the names and contact information of at least three (3) individuals who have agreed to serve as references.  All communications will be held in strictest confidence.

Completed applications are to be mailed to Dean Search Committee, Michael Herzak, Chairman, 6709 Springview Drive, Independence, OH 44131 (e-mail: and received no later than May 15, 2013, at which time the formal review of applications by the Search Committee will commence.

Committee Membership.
The Search Committee consists of His Grace, Bishop Michael, Rector; Michael Herzak, Board Chair; Igumen Sergius, Acting Dean; Archpriest Theodore Boback, Alumni President; Harry Boosalis, Ph.D., Regular Faculty; Alexander Bratic, JD, Board Member; Leda Dzwonczyk, Board Secretary; Mary Ford, Ph.D., Regular Faculty; Moses Hibbard, Student Government Vice-President; Jason Rossiter, JD, Legal Counsel; Eli Stavisky, DMD, Board Vice-Chair; and Archpriest David Shewczyk, Adjunct Faculty.
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