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General Seminary Closes on Gateway Restructuring Transaction

General Seminary Closes on Gateway Restructuring Transaction

 

March 30, 2011


Closing Paves Way for Completing Revitalization Plan

New York City--The Rev. Lang Lowrey, Interim President of the General Theological Seminary (GTS), announced today that ownership of the Seminary’s residential property on West 20th Street known as Chelsea 2,3,4 was transferred on March 30 to The Brodsky Organization. This transaction is the latest in a continued and successful working relationship between the two organizations that started with the development of the Chelsea Enclave, a building that will house GTS’s new Keller Library. The mutually beneficial relationship also will result in Brodsky renovating a large portion of GTS’s campus while helping to address GTS’s financial needs as well as improvements to the neighborhood through the preservation and renovation of the acquired historic buildings.

 

The closing on the property followed the February approvals by the New York State Attorney General and the Supreme Court.  The sale involves the first of four properties the Seminary will sell to The Brodsky Organization as part of the school’s Plan to Choose Life, a comprehensive financial undertaking designed to eliminate nearly all of the Seminary’s debt, restore its endowment, create a balanced budget, and revitalize its mission. 

 

“This is a gateway transaction and an important milestone because so many of the legal and financial details that were finalized pave the way for the next three closings, a new bridge loan and leveraging the Tutu center to rebuild our endowment,” said President Lowrey, referring to the upcoming sale of the apartment building at 422 West 20th Street, the Seminary’s multi-use property known as West Building, and land it owns on West 20th Street where a tennis court now stands. All the properties are included in a sales contract between the Seminary and The Brodsky Organization. The proceeds from this first sale have enabled GTS to repay with interest the $2.7 million the school borrowed from its own endowment and the $5.3 million bridge loan taken out to fund this year’s operations. In addition this sale allows GTS to fund $8 million to increase the number of on-campus dormitories and to create new offices in the Seabury building adjacent to the seminary entrance. The sale will also trigger the release of funds that had been held as collateral but are part of a generous gift earmarked for the completion of the Seminary’s new Keller Library. The next closing, on the 422 West 20th Street property, is expected to take place early this summer.

Interim President's Address to the Board of Trustees

Interim President Lang Lowrey's Address to the Board of Trustees

 

February 4, 2011

First, just for the record I want to note that during the “official” recruiting process for Interim President – no one mentioned that the NYC weather would be so unaccommodating this year. Not that I mind of course! Yet you would think that God might have noticed that General is facing enough challenge ‘as it is’ and that at the very least the weather might give us a break.


It dawned on me the other day as I crawled into my office (on all fours) that perhaps God is not throwing more us one more curve snow-ball (with the record low temperatures and snow) but to the contrary was giving us a great gift trying to remind us that just as the world is changing so must GTS as well! For not only did the 18” of snow create a calm sense of Divine beauty over the Close but I noticed that our community built a new snow bell tower in the middle of the close.  For me it was a striking symbol that our struggles are perhaps a loving reminder of what we are capable of building here at GTS If we are willing to recognize the reality of a rapidly changing world and that we quickly embrace the significant change that we need to make in our Mission, organizational structures and in our financial constructs to be an ongoing contributor to the mission of the church.


Unfortunately I have seen too many organizations fail to embrace the changing landscape of their Mission. Most often well meaning and qualified leaders realize that the amount of change needed in the timeframe that is required to survive is too risky so they sanctify the status quo and pray that the problem will outlive their time to lead.


This is not to mention that change will affect us personally – not only the way we have always done things but often in our pocket books. Therefore given the institutional risk and personal implications to the need for rapid change, I have noted that most organizations go about change by finding ways to deny it or sanctify it. Even when change is accepted as necessary, it is often too late or the approach to fixing the problem “is like trying to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic.” Sadly, I have seen too many shipwrecks not to say in my second address to you that GTS must change rapidly if we are to be a contributor to the mission of the church.


I pray that you will receive this message not as criticism of the past but as an observation by a hybrid Priest and businessman who sees the theological education landscape changing at a very rapid rate. All the leading indicators from attendance in seminaries, to statistics in our parishes, to the increasing cost of theological education point to this rapid change. We must either embrace these changes rapidly or have the flagship of theological education in the Episcopal Church perish.


You might be surprised to know that I am less concerned with the financial aspects of this change. Most assuredly, the Plan to choose life is complex , daunting and based on many things out of our control coming together to be successful. Yet we are likely to close on the first of four closings on the sale of assets in a few weeks which paves the way for the renovations and the building of our new library. We have an excellent partner in The Brodsky Organization and the stakes of failure are now very high for M$T bank. The attorney general has approved our plan, most the documents are signed and $5mm is on deposit. Clearly the plan has challenges ahead but if all goes well we could be substantially out of $41mm in debt in the next 12-18 months.

After the first closing we need to focus on the renovation plan. We have worked very hard in coming up with construction budgets and bringing on professionals to ensure we stay within those budgets. We do have complications as the bank is now requiring us to vacate 422 by June and close on the transaction to reduce debt. We must now start moving faculty, students and moving out market tenants which will undoubtedly be an inconvenience to all. This will be the part when we must remember the name of our plan and understand that we will have to move the tents quickly to make the plan work and not get back into hot water with the bank.


At the same time we start renovations we will also need to choose the best way to leverage the Tutu center. We have brought in an exciting team including Jeff Small our new trustee and Matt Tarkenton (an associate of mine in Atlanta) whom understand how to leverage real property transactions. We must find a way to maintain Tutu’s mission and build the endowment to at least $35mm or find other suitable means to accomplish our goals. For as I am sure you remember while the sale of assets substantially reduces debt we still must balance the budget in large part by leveraging Tutu.


This is not to mention that balancing the budget is a difficult task in itself. In addition to leveraging Tutu we need to reduce $1.5mm year in non-cost of capital costs to break even. So I am sure by now you ask why I am less concerned about the financial aspects of the plan when I say we need to change rapidly.


The reasons I say this are fairly simple. First, we have no choice financially speaking… we either change or perish. M$T bank has accepted the plan as the best plan and we are close to completing the first and crucial sale of assets that gives us operating headroom , the renovations and reduction of debt. So as concerning the financial aspects of the plan are Change itself is really not a concern.


No, my concern is our ability to rapidly change institutionally to a rapidly changing theological education landscape. I say this because we must attract another significant M.Div. class to GTS and we must revisit our MA program that was basically put adrift last year because we must stabilize our tuition at current levels or find ourselves back in default of our loans and find ourselves in the middle of the plan not having the revenues needed to finance our costs.


Given the spectacular year that we had last year this is very possible. Yet we need to offer our existing students and new students an even greater experience at GTS by replacing outstanding professors like the Koenig’s and Bishop Carnley. We also need to add practical theology to our strengths and be the best at church leadership in the world. We need to do a better job of involving our students in the education process and we need to promise them a more robust formation experience and back it up by focusing more on their deployment . This is not to say that we do not compare favorably to other seminary’s but only to say that we must be the best if we are to attract the quantity and quality of students that we have been used to having at GTS.


We will have to do all of this rapidly given what the leading indicators are telling us. If we move at glacial speed ( as I have observed is our custom) the opportunity will pass us by and even though we might have successfully restructured our financial landscape we will have failed to offer what students will be looking for in this rapidly changing world of theological education.


All of this will take a restructuring of the way we make decisions in all aspects of the institution. It will mean improving our business office and the willingness by those whom serve GTS to embrace the need for rapid change. The willingness to change is what I worry about because just maintaining the status quo is a losing proposition.


I am thankful that capable leaders like Bishop Sisk and Bishop Lee, Sandra Johnson, Sandy Davies, Jack Murray and Ken Kramer have joined the effort to lead this change. These leaders in addition to others whom have fought to keep GTS alive ( including students , staff and dedicated faculty) and especially your very committed executive committee and alumni members , not to mention  the new energy among us like James Reho, our new dynamic chaplain … all bring great hope for our future.


Given this leadership and the good work that our trustees do in care of GTS no doubt we will change rapidly. Yet perhaps the greatest reminder of the hope for our future is the divine beauty of this place (especially with it crowned in snow). I just pray that we at GTS remember that the very essence of the Gospel of Christ is transformative change and that if we embrace it here at GTS perhaps we will send what we achieve out unto the world.

GTS Community Update - February 12

GTS Community Update

 

February 12, 2011


Friends,

This Update will expand on several of the subjects mentioned in the one we sent to you on February 7. We would like to reiterate our thanks to the GTS community for the hospitality shown to our visiting trustees last week. It should come as no surprise that many trustees gauge the climate at GTS and how well our mission is realized by the attendance they find at our Chapel worship services. For this reason we were very pleased by the extra effort made by so many of our students, staff, and faculty members to be present in Chapel during the trustees’ visit. An update on the trustees meeting will follow, but first we have some important news to share.

Progress on the Plan to Choose Life
We are delighted to report that the New York State Supreme Court on February 9 ratified the Attorney General’s recommendation that the sale of Chelsea 2,3,4 be allowed to proceed. While a few documents still need to be finalized, this highly significant development allows us to move ahead with a “soft closing” on 2,3,4 and with the full closing that will take place a few weeks later. The full closing will clear the way for our team of professionals to begin work in leveraging the Tutu Center to rebuild the Seminary’s endowment. We are greatly indebted to our attorney Max Friedman for his good work in making this approval a reality.

Please remember that the sale of assets is not only about the reduction of debt and the reduction of high interest costs but is also about increasing student housing on the Close, providing renovated offices, and further eliminating deferred maintenance (on the property being sold). With respect to debt, we have been asked by our bank to reduce our debt as quickly as possible which will mean that “422” needs to be sold by June 30th. Since we must have a vacant building by then, we are busy now assisting outside tenants to find other living arrangements and securing  off-campus housing for students this summer and into the fall if needed. This will be discussed in the community meeting this Tuesday. We expect that we may need up to 12 units depending on variables that have yet to be worked out. We are extremely grateful for the spirit of co-operation shown by those whose living quarters will be affected. We are very aware of the stress and inconvenience these relocations cause and thank everyone in advance for their forbearance. If you have not seen it, the rationale behind our plan was featured in a recent story in the Wall Street Journal (Feb. 9 issue, p. A19). Though accurate in most respects, the story wrongly alluded to “declining enrollment” at GTS, while in the interview President Lowrey had been speaking about a church-wide decline. With 59 new students attending GTS this year, our enrollment is very healthy indeed.

February Trustee Meeting
We both want to acknowledge and thank our student representatives to the Board of Trustees. Their contributions to the commission meetings were highly valued (and this is where so much of the Board’s work is done). Likewise at the plenary sessions their comments were thoughtful, forthright, and very much appreciated. Our new meeting format sets aside time for spokespersons representing students, faculty, and staff to address the Board directly with their concerns while also allowing the voting members of the Board to meet by themselves (both with and without the presence of the Dean and the President) for equally beneficial deliberations. Meeting in executive session no longer means that just student, staff, and faculty representatives are excluded but the Dean and the President also. This new format will not only respect the role of all participants but will allow elected trustees time and space to build corporate identity, to become a more cohesive body, and to engage in longer-range discussions about the institution’s future.  This format is widely considered a best practice in the governance of many types of institutions.

Of some concern to continuing students will be the decision of trustees to raise tuition at the Seminary by 5% beginning next year. This is a modest increase in light of our ever-increasing operational costs and the fact that there was no increase last year. Trustees believed this action was a fair increase and was needed to fulfill their fiduciary responsibility, especially given that the responsible management of our income sources is being closely monitored. Regarding the related issue of student debt, it needs to be restated that after the goals of the Plan to Choose Life are met (particularly the rebuilding of our endowment) a primary focus will be on finding ways to reduce student indebtedness. At the February meeting trustees began this process by calling for a committee to study the cost of theological education and student debt. The issue of seminarians’ debt has been a church-wide concern voiced by the Society for the Increase of Ministry, General Convention, and others.

Our financial situation has also caused leadership at GTS to reconsider a number of other practices of governance and the Board now has a committee on trusteeship to make recommendations about other changes concerning governance of the Seminary which will be discussed and voted on at their May meeting. These may include an expanded Executive Committee with greater breadth of expertise in the disciplines of business and finance. Although everyone recognizes the value of face-to-face meetings, more telephonic meetings are also being considered as a hedge against the considerable cost of bringing so many participants to New York City and to promote involvement of trustees in all aspects of the Seminary. We will share these recommendations with you as they are published to the trustees. We invite you to check the Newsroom section of the GTS website as more items from the recent trustee meeting (including President Lowrey’s speech) are posted there.

In trustee matters beyond the most current meeting, we have asked the trustees to look into academic governance as well. The recent meeting made everyone acutely aware of the urgent need to replace and add new faculty members, to improve enrollment numbers in our masters degree and certificate programs and to make the necessary changes to make study at GTS more attractive to commuter students. We have therefore asked our Board’s Executive Committee to make a comprehensive evaluation of academic governance at GTS and to recommend changes that need to be along a number fronts, including our faculty policy agreements.

Business Office
Both your Interim President and Dean believe that we need to make improvements in our Business Office both in its functioning and in customer service. Given the financial challenges and opportunities that GTS faces and the complex nature of the Plan to Choose Life, we have decided that we need a CPA to lead the day-to-day affairs of the Business Office. We are grateful for the past efforts of Frank DiMaiuta as our Associate Vice President and Controller. We would like to thank Frank for his good work in this regard. Frank has agreed to remain with the Seminary until a new CPA controller can be found and to use his best efforts to facilitate a smooth transition, a task we feel can be accomplished in the next 90-120 days.

We also wish to thank Maureen Burnley for her years of service to GTS. We want to focus Maureen more fully on the upcoming renovations and issues with housing as well as on achieving the very demanding timetable presented by the Plan to Choose Life. It is extremely important that the Seminary be on time and on budget with these projects and we believe it will require Maureen’s full time concentration on them. Therefore effective immediately responsibility for human resources will be lodged with Sandra Johnson as CFO. Maureen will remain in her role as Executive Vice President and will assist in the transition this summer when the EVP’s former responsibilities for operations are moved to the Dean’s Office and former finance responsibilities are lodged with the CFO. This new configuration will also strengthen our institutional checks and balances. Sometime in the  future Sandra will relocate to Maureen’s current office to gain closer proximity to the Business Office staff and Maureen’s office will move to the second floor of West Building. A new organization chart will soon be uploaded to the Rookery.

GTS Goes Green!
This was a tagline General used to publicize its geothermal heating and cooling initiative several years ago when the articles began to appear inBusiness Week, Christian Science Monitor, and the Chicago Tribute on the Seminary’s innovative program (a New York Times story remains available on line). GTS is still going green and at an accelerating pace! The network printers in our offices now default to double-sided printing to save paper, our communications efforts are going increasingly electronic, other printed materials been enormously reduced, and we are trying to reduce the number of meetings we have for which participants need to attend in person instead of utilizing distance technologies. The carpeting throughtout the Tutu Center and the Keller library are made from recycled materials. Both facilities use only high efficiency lighting, as will the new offices in Seabury. The library and Seabury will be equipped motion detectors. All of the paper and pens used in the Tutu Center are made from recycled materials. The Tutu Center even recycles its cooking oil which is made into biofuels. Our trustees have given great support to these efforts and we hope you will also. Please let us know if you have other ways we can be more environmentally responsible as a seminary.



God’s peace,

The Rev. Lang Lowrey                       The Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee

Interim President                                 Interim Dean

GTS Community Update - January 31

GTS Community Update

 

January 31, 2011

 

Friends,


As of today, nearly all of us who have been away from Chelsea Square for the celebration of the holidays or who have taken a hiatus during January have returned to General. Whether your time was spent here or elsewhere, we welcome you back to the start of our snow-bound Easter term! Though this semester begins with wintery days that are often dreary, it ends in springtime when our Close is spectacularly beautiful.  But in addition to a lot to look forward to, we have a lot to catch up on.


Our New Chaplain
As many of you are aware, the Rev. Dr. James H. Reho of Trinity Cathedral, Miami, Florida, has been appointed our Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Care, Deployment and Formation.  Prior to graduating from GTS in 2008, Chaplain Reho earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University and taught at East Carolina University. At Trinity Cathedral he developed an experimental Eucharistic service, led multiple retreats, gave forums on spiritual practice in a pluralistic world and provided spiritual direction for individuals.  Chaplain Reho is quickly settling into his West Building office as well as a new home facing the Seminary on West 21st Street. Having already been friends with many GTS faculty and staff members, he very much looks forward to meeting students and to his new ministry here at the Seminary. Plans for a reception welcoming him to GTS are currently underway. Chaplain Reho will also be conducting a webinar soon to explain what he wants to achieve as Chaplain.

Seminary Chancellor Arrives
Another arrival to West Building, also with a second floor office, is GTS Chancellor Kenneth M. Kramer, the first chancellor in the history of the Seminary. A retired senior partner in the international law firm of Shearman & Sterling, Mr. Kramer’s headed his firm’s litigation group and served as a member of its Practice Management Committee. Here at GTS, Ken will be an invaluable member of the team of professionals working with us on the legal and real estate dimensions of the Plan to Choose Life. He is a 1965 graduate of Colgate University, a 1972 cum laude graduate of Albany Law School and is active in community affairs, serving as Chairman of the Board of Episcopal Social Services and Music for Life International. We ask staff and faculty members to please note that henceforth no document which creates a legal obligation on behalf of the Seminary should be signed without Ken’s prior review. He is available in his office and by phone and email so his review should not cause any delay. We are delighted to welcome Ken to the GTS community.

The Plan to Choose Life
In late January the Seminary learned that the proposed sale of Chelsea 2,3,4 received the required approval of the New York state Attorney General. It is expected to be approved by the New York State Supreme Court in the upcoming days, which should pave the way for the first closing of our sale of assets in February. This first real estate closing is a significant milestone, allowing us to begin work on the new library and the renovations of our dormitories, and promises to provide operating expenses for the next 18 months. The remaining closings, for the West Building, 422 West 20th Street, and the land under the Enclave, will allow us to reduce our debt (as well as the staggering cost of interest!) and will give us time to develop the plan to leverage the Tutu Center in building our endowment. The next closing, on 422, is expected in June. The last closing, on the West Building, will not take place until November 2011 following the renovation of Seabury Hall this summer (so that the offices now located in West Building may be moved there).

Between now and June, Chelsea 2,3,4 must be vacated prior to the Brodsky Organization’s taking possession. The retirement of current residents Professors John and Elisabeth Koenig at the end of this term was noted in our last Update. Other Chelsea 2,3,4 residents needing to relocate include Prof. David Hurd (who will be moving to Moore Building), Bishop Lee, and the three families who are currently leasing apartments from GTS.   All of these residents will continue to live in their 2,3,4 apartments until June. We are particularly saddened to say goodbye to Jeannette and David Redden who have been such faithful supporters of the Seminary’s mission and have done so much to beautify the gardens of the Close. Knowing how difficult and time-consuming it is to relocate one's home, we are deeply grateful to David Hurd and John and Elisabeth Koenig for being so very understanding.

Regarding the eventual need to vacate 422 West 20th Street, outside residents there have been informed and have begun finding apartments elsewhere. Although none of these tenants have long term leases, we have given them the courtesy of more than six months advance notice as well as a generous number of months of free rent. It is important to note that 422 has always been designated as student housing and the market-rate tenancies have always been a temporary accommodation.

Although we have frequently noted that The Plan to Choose Life is a complex one with many “moving parts,” we wish to stress once again the delicate balance between its various components. Although we have the Attorney General’s signoff, this must be ratified by the state’s Supreme Court, something which is usually done pro forma but about which there are no guarantees. In addition, certain property tax liabilities must be satisfied for the closing to take place, M&T Bank must give final approval and we have a host of documents to negotiate. While we have confidence events will move ahead as scheduled, even a small impediment could seriously imperil our ability to move forward. The Plan continues to generate interest in the local media.  A story quite favorable to the Seminary and the Brodsky Organization appeared in Chelsea Now, our local newspaper, as the cover story in the January 26 issue.  

Professor J. Robert Wright

To assist the Seminary in the relocation of additional families into the Moore Building and in anticipation of his own fuller retirement following the 2012 school year, we are pleased to announce that our most senior GTS faculty member, Professor Wright, advises us that he has decided to purchase one of the units in the Chelsea Enclave as his future home.  Although his “final” retirement is somewhat in the future, Professor Wright is graciously accommodating the Seminary’s need for space by relocating to the Enclave over this coming summer.  The decision is but one more example of his remarkable generosity to General Seminary and his singular record of 43 years of faithful service to his alma mater.  We are pleased that this arrangement will allow Professor Wright to be able to continue to teach selected courses after the 2012 school year as Professor Emeritus and especially that he will remain on the Close living in the Enclave, and will continue to dine in the refectory and to be a very special part of our community.

Key Performance Indicators
In this and future Updates we would like to begin sharing with you three statistical indicators of performance for GTS:  the state of donations to our Annual Fund to date, Admissions Office projections for next year, and lastly, how our current expenditures measure up against our institutional budget. Our External Relations Office reports in its year-to-date Annual Fund giving comparison that as of 1/24/11 a total of $458,077 of their $1.1 million goal had been raised. This compares with $456,844 which had been received by the same time last year. The number of donors is also up, 610 donors for this year as compared to 550 for last. While the increased number of donors is encouraging, we are very aware of the need to continue to pursue our fundraising efforts with diligence. Our bank is watching these numbers very carefully as a leading indicator of the community’s care of GTS.

Statistics from our Admissions Office are also quite hopeful. By the last week of January 2010 the Seminary had admitted 6 students for the fall term as compared to having admitted 13 students this year. M.Div. applications this time last year totaled 14, whereas this year we have already received 24 applications for this program. While we would like in 2011 to be able to equal the very impressive 59 new students we enrolled in 2010, it is simply too early to tell. Admissions is our most important leading indicator.

We have more serious concern about the last indicator, how expenditures and revenues are  tracking against our approved budget. After conducting monthly financial reviews with all departments, we have identified over $700,000 in additional expenditures or reduced revenues from the $5.1 million dollar budget adopted by the Board of Trustees for fiscal year 2010/11. That is a significant “miss" on last spring’s budgeting process of about 15% which not only increases the challenge of bringing the Seminary's operating budget into balance but also has a significant impact to our cash flow.  We are working in every possible way to minimize this overage. We will need to dramatically improve our budgeting processes going forward . If we embrace these three indicators as objective measures of the reality in which we operate and leadership manages and holds itself accountable to this measurement, then most likely we will have a much smoother road ahead.

Refreshing the Seminary’s Mission

While eliminating debt, building our endowment, and achieving a balanced budget are key goals of the Plan to Choose Life, it is the fourth goal that gives the whole Plan its reason for being:  Refreshing our mission as a seminary in service to the Church. Preparing for ministry at GTS has always meant that unique integration of academic and spiritual growth we call formation. Our ability to form leaders for the Church is dependent on our excellent faculty, our library, our worship life, and our steadfast commitment to life in community. Getting our finances in order creates the terra firma which supports all these. But our restructuring will also create exciting new opportunities. Among these, we believe, is the chance for GTS to become a leader in the practical disciplines of pastoral care, parish administration, preaching, and Christian education. Our Certificate Program in the Spiritual Guidance of Children is a major step forward in this endeavor. We need to educate leaders who can educate others and who can make a compelling and articulate case for our faith as Christians.  What an exciting opportunity to be given the chance to re-envision theological education for the new millennium!

Along with our faculty, students, and staff, GTS trustees are significant partners in this enterprise. They will be meeting here on February 4 and 5 so please extend to them a warm GTS welcome. Our board chair, Bishop Mark Sisk will be the preacher at the mid-day Eucharist on February 4 and we hope not only students and faculty but also staff members will join us if they possibly can. Lastly, we are pleased to note that the Seminary has been featured in the national press with an excellent article appearing in Time magazine about GTS student Patrice Pike and her decision to enroll at General (p. 58 of the 1/31 issue).

So, welcome back to classes, to lunch again in the refectory, to evenings spent in the library, to papers and exams, and to the daily rhythm of our worship together in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. As we gather there again this week, let us all remember to give thanks for each other and for the General Seminary.

God’s peace,


The Rev. Lang Lowrey                       The Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee
Interim President                                  Interim Dean

 


GTS Appoints New Chaplain

General Theological Seminary Appoints New Chaplain


December 10, 2010


New York City – The Rev. Dr. James H. Reho of Trinity Cathedral, Miami, Florida, has been appointed Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Care, Deployment and Formation at the General Theological Seminary in New York City, according to an announcement today by the Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee, Interim Dean.


Dr. Reho has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University and taught at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina before he studied at the General Theological Seminary, graduating with honors in 2008.  He has Bachelor’s degrees from St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York and Wagner College in Staten Island, New York.


At Trinity Cathedral in Miami, where he was Curate, Dr. Reho developed an experimental Eucharistic service, led multiple retreats, gave forums on spiritual practice in a pluralistic world and provided spiritual direction for individuals.  He is proficient in Spanish, and has a reading knowledge of Greek and Latin.


Dr. Reho will join the Seminary Community on January 17, 2011.



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