Lischer to Chair Search Committee for New Duke Chapel Dean

Committee expected to offer a nominee to replace Rev. Sam Wells by mid-summer

Richard Lischer, a senior faculty member at the
Divinity School, has been appointed by President Richard H. Brodhead to chair a
14-member committee to search for the new dean of Duke Chapel.

The committee is
looking to replace the Rev. Dr. Sam Wells, who is leaving Duke at the end of
the school year to become vicar of historic St. Martin-in-the-Fields in

President Brodhead
has charged the search committee to provide him with a short list of
recommended candidates by mid-summer 2012.   The objective is to appoint the new dean by
the beginning of the 2012 fall semester.

Lischer is James T.
Alice Mead Cleland Professor of Preaching and associate dean for faculty
development at the Divinity School.  In
addition to Lischer, committee members include:

Crowder Stanley
, trustee
and executive director, United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina; Ben Reese, vice president for
institutional equity; Ian Baucom, director,
Franklin Humanities Institute and professor of English; Maurice Wallace, associate professor of English and
African-American Studies; Warren Smith,
associate professor of historical theology, Divinity School; Sujin Pak, assistant professor of the history
of Christianity, Divinity School; Zoila
, assistant vice president of student affairs for campus life;

Father Mike Martin. director of Duke Catholic Center; Anne Hodges-Copple, rector, Saint
Luke's Episcopal Church and former chaplain, Episcopal Center at Duke; Lydia Califf, member, Congregation at
Duke Chapel; Brenda Brodie, member,
Friends of Duke Chapel; Elizabeth
Trinity Class of 2014; and Walker
, a Duke undergraduate and medical school alumnus and third-year
pediatric resident.

The committee is
soliciting comments, nominations and applications from members of the Duke
community.  Please send any messages by
email to
or through campus mail to:

Richard Lischer

Chair, Duke Chapel Dean Search

Box 90030

Duke University