The 2011-2012 Academic Year was a good one at Nashotah House. The year was one of growth in numbers of our student body and a renewed commitment to academic excellence through targeted development.
We began the year with the first part of the ‘Justification in Anglican Life and Thought,’ hosting two prominent scholars, Dr. Torrance Kirby and Canon Dr. Ashley Null. The second part of the conference included papers from four of our own faculty (Rev. Dr. Daniel Westberg, Rev. Dr. Thomas Holtzen, Dr.. Garwood Anderson and Rev. Dr. Steven Peay) and distinguished guests Dr. David Steinmetz, Rt. Rev. C. Fitzsimons Allison and Rev. Dr. Ephraim Radner.
Lent gave an opportunity for a renewing and deepening of the historic partnership between the House and the Diocese of Milwaukee when the Chapel Choir and Cathedral Choir joined for a Choral Evensong for the 3rdSunday in Lent. The Cathedral Church of All Saints was filled to capacity for the service.
Toward the end of the year transitions were announced. After three years of outstanding work, Dr. Garwood Anderson decided to devote more time to teaching and research, stepping down as Academic Dean. Fr. Steven Peay, who had previous experience as an Academic Dean, stepped into that role. Canon Dr. Douglas McGlynn announced his retirement as Professor of Homiletics. Peay, who has done specialized training in that area, took on that role and, after a search, handed off the core Church History courses to new Associate Professor Rev. Dr. Thomas Buchan. Mr., now Dr., Eric Tully completed his work at UW-Madison and took a position at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Mr., soon-to-be Dr., Travis Bott now joins the faculty as Adjunct Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew (Mr. Bott defends his dissertation at Emory sometime in Autumn).
The 2012-2013 Academic Year is soon upon us with, again, growth in our student body and some new faces among the faculty. There are new partnerships at various stages of implementation, St. Stephen’s House-Oxford, Diocese of Evo, Nigeria, and conferences, as well. The 170th year of Nashotah House is off to a good start and the work of forming priests and other ministers for the Church in the Catholic tradition continues. Floreat Nashotah!