DEAN JEFF WILLETTS TRANSITIONS TO FULL PROFESSOR, JOHN LEE BECOMES INTERIM ACADEMIC DEAN
After sixteen years service to the John Leland Center for Theological Studies as Academic Dean, Jeffrey G. Willetts is transitioning from the Office of Academic Dean back to the classroom and writing.Dean Willetts informed the Trustees this spring that he wished to resign from the position and give his full attention to teaching, research and helping recruit more students for Leland. To that end, the faculty and trustees both voted unanimously to promote him from Associate Professor of Divinity to Professor of Divinity. President Mark Olson explained,"No one has contributed more to the birth and growth of Leland than Jeff Willetts. He and founding President Randel Everett were both literally at the table in 1997 when the idea to launch Leland was first conceived. We all owe him a debt of gratitude." Dr. Jeff Willetts was promoted to full Professor at Leland's June Trustee meeting, and Dr. John Lee was elected Interim Academic Dean. In addition to serving Leland as a full-time Professor of Divinity, Dr. Willetts will also continue his role as Pastor of Calvary Hill Baptist Church.
John Lee has taught as an adjunct professor and Teaching Fellow at Leland since 2005, in addition to serving as Pastor of the Rock Presbyterian Church in Rockville, MD, a mission of the Korean Presbyterian Church of Rockville. Dr. Lee earned a B.A. from Wheaton College, a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a S.T.M. from Yale, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology from Claremont Graduate University in California. President Olson said of Dr. Lee, "We are delighted to have someone step into our Dean's position who combines strong evangelical convictions with excellent academic credentials from such an impressive variety of schools. I believe he will help us tremendously as Interim Dean."