The Ven. Mark Stevenson Transitions out of Work as Academic Dean
By Christopher Klukas
In November, the Ven. Mark Stevenson, Academic Dean at Trinity School for Ministry, announced that he would transition out of his role at the seminary to free up more time to serve as a deacon and to return to his work in the theater as an accomplished actor. Mark began his work at Trinity School for Ministry in 2005, first as a coordinator for Jan and June terms, then as the Director of Extension Ministries, and most recently as Academic Dean where he has watched over the school’s reaccreditation process with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
“It has been an extraordinary time to be at Trinity” Mark reflected in a recent interview. “When I first joined the staff at Trinity, the seminary was still in the early stages that an organization has to go through. But Justyn Terry helped to move the school to the next phase of its institutional development through strategic planning and the honing of systems and structures. It was a privilege to work alongside him and help him in this effort. I think this work has really paid off in things like our recent reaccreditation visit from the ATS, and the evaluators were really impressed, it was a great report. I think we are poised now to move into that next phase as a school and it was really exciting to have been here for that.”
The Rev. Dr. Laurie Thompson, Trinity’s Interim Dean/President remarked, “I want to express my profound appreciation for the dedication and sacrifice that Mark has given to
his duties as Academic Dean. What he has done to create, innovate, and develop changes in our academic programs has been exceptional. The recent strong affirmation of the ATS accreditation team is a testimony to the remarkable work he has done while serving. He will be irreplaceable in a real sense, but he has laid a solid foundation for the next Academic Dean to build upon.”