The Board of Trustees has named
Rev. H. Sharon Howell as Interim President of Saint Paul School of Theology.
Rev. Howell will begin on July 1, 2014 and will serve while the work of the
seminary's Presidential Search Committee continues.
Saint Paul Board Chair Twila
Glenn said, "The Board is delighted that Rev. Howell is able to join us as
we continue to create at Saint Paul a new kind of theological education. Rev.
Howell will have full responsibility for all internal operations, the
seminary's collaborations, and all external relationships. We are fortunate to
have such an experienced leader, and one who is so well-connected within the
United Methodist Church, step into this position."
Rev. Howell returns to the seminary with a multitude of experiences. She is a
graduate of Saint Paul School of Theology and a former staff member. She
is experienced at leadership in large and complex organizations, having served
as Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Lawrence during the time
it developed a second site West Campus and built the first facility called the
Celebration Center. She retired in December 2012 after serving for seven years
as President of Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, TN. Rev. Howell served
for seven years as district superintendent and was elected a General and
Jurisdictional delegate from the Kansas East Conference. She was a member of
and served a term as President of the General Commission on the Status and Role
of Women in the United Methodist Church. Upon her return to Kansas, First
United Methodist Church in Lawrence celebrated her retirement with a Pastor
H. Sharon Howell is passionate
about Saint Paul School of Theology and names her time at Saint Paul as a
life-shaping experience. Upon accepting the position, Howell said, "My
eighteen months of retirement have given me time for reflection, reading, and
renewal. Only Saint Paul School of Theology could call me out of retirement.
The hundreds of alumni/ae who have served and currently serve faithfully and
effectively across the world, current students, and those who are on their way
to Saint Paul but don't know it yet, were the voices that spoke to me.
Saint Paul School of Theology Board, faculty, staff and friends have undertaken
a radical move into the 21st century with a new curriculum for a new day and
new locations in Greater Kansas City and Oklahoma City. I am humbled to be
asked to provide transitional leadership as the Interim President while the
work of the Presidential Search Committee continues. I am grateful for the
invitation from the Board of Trustees and share their commitment to a vital and
vibrant future for Saint Paul."