News and Headlines

President Obama presents Krista Tippett ’94 M.Div. with a National Humanities Medal


In a July 28 ceremony at the White House, President Barack Obama presented Krista Tippett ’94 M.Div. with a National Humanities Medal.

Dirt under the fingernails: unearthing the history of the Two Brothers Fellowship


Kneeling in an excavation pit, sweeping away centuries of dirt, Andrew Steffan ’15 M.A.R. was able touch a history that had previously only existed for him in books.

Kenneth Minkema: great awakenings to sacred history


Kenneth Minkema was 10 years old when he wrote the New York Historical Society to find out what historians do. He loved reading about the past. He wondered if he could be a historian when he grew up. A fateful answer soon arrived in the mail.

Vernice Randall named Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid


Vernice “Hopie” Randall ’11 M.Div. has been appointed the next Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid effective July 1, 2014. Hopie has served in the position as an interim dean since April 2013.

YDS welcomes new staff and faculty to campus


Lynda Z. Tyson '05 M.Div. has been appointed Interim Associate Dean for Berkeley Divinity School. She joins the BDS staff on August 18, following the arrival of Dean Andrew McGowan on August 1. As an alumna, Tyson has remained connected to the Berkeley community, and in 2007 she served in a short-term role as BDS Acting Director of Students.