Alumni Council Members 2019-20

The Divinity School Alumni Council provides the Dean with advice and input. As graduates of the Divinity School engaged in a range of professions related to the work of the school, the Alumni Council’s voice provides perspective to the Dean on the life of the school, the needs of its graduates, and the direction of its programs.

The Alumni Council also receives nominations for the Alumnus/ae of the Year, as well as the Alumni Citations, and makes recommendations to the Baptist Theological Union on the recipients.

Your Alumni Council for academic year 2019-20 is composed of the following members:


Rob Wilson-Black, MA'92, PhD'02, chair. CEO, Sojourners; Board Co-Chair of the National Museum of American Religion

William George, PhD’90. Emeritus Professor of Theology, Dominican University

Sandhya Jha, MDiv’05, MPP’05. Director, Oakland Peace Center; Director of Interfaith Programs, East Bay Housing Organizations

Ralph Keen, PhD’90. Dean of the Honors College, University of Illinois at Chicago

Michael Kessler, AM’97, PhD’03. Managing Director, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; Associate Professor of the Practice of Moral and Political Theory, Department of Government, Georgetown University; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Laura Lieber, PhD’03. Professor of Religious Studies, Duke University

 Victoria Ries, AM’75, PhD’83

Garry Sparks, MDiv’04, PhD’11. Associate Professor, Religious Studies, George Mason University