Dr. Courtney V. Cowart (M.A. '94, Th.D. '01, and an Alumni/ae Rep to our Board of Trustees since 2011) has been appointed as Associate Dean and Director of the Sewanee School of Theology Programs Center. The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander (Th.D. '93), Dean of The School of Theology, made the appointment effective March 1. Building on the success of the programs center's international Education for Ministry (EfM) program, Cowart will lead an expansion that envisions a new role for the center as the nexus of collaborative learning and creativity for an increasingly diverse body of participants from all parts of the Church.
Cowart is a scholar in the fields of Ascetical Theology and American Church History who has identified, supported, and developed outstanding programs of the church for 15 years. Her new position draws on her background as a theological educator and her programmatic experience with Trinity Grants in New York, as co-director of the Office of Disaster Response in New Orleans post-Katrina, and as director of congregational learning for The Fund for Theological Education. Cowart’s book, An American Awakening: From Ground Zero to Katrina: the People We Are Free To Be, published in 2008, chronicles her work following September 11, 2001 and Hurricane Katrina.