Drew Professor, Alumna Tapped to Lead Theological School During Search for New Dean
Ginny Samuel will head ongoing effort to reconceive M.Div.
Drew University President Vivian A. Bull has named Virginia Samuel Cetuk, an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and a member of the church’s Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, interim dean of the Drew Theological School.
“Ginny has served Drew in a leadership capacity for more than 30 years,” said Bull. “She has directed our supervised ministry program since 1981, and for the last 15 years has served as associate dean for contextual education. Her appointment will give the school the leadership and stability it needs at this important time.”
“I am honored to be asked to serve as dean for this interim period,” said Samuel. “The Theological School at Drew is strong in every way and offers degree programs that prepare persons for outstanding service in the church, academy and world.
Samuel plans to maintain and strengthen Drew’s ties with the United Methodist Church and looks forward to meeting with church leaders in the process. She also wants to maintain forward momentum on an ongoing revision of the school’s Master of Divinity curriculum, work that is supported by a generous grant from the General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church.
“The faculty of the Drew Theological School is committed to revising the Master of Divinity degree curriculum over the next few years to become a truly multicultural curriculum that is grounded in the realities and needs of the contemporary church and world,” she said. “I look forward to helping faculty do the necessary groundwork in assessment of the current curriculum so that the next dean will be able to take up the revisionary process in earnest.”
Samuel holds an A.B. in philosophy from Lycoming College, a master of divinity from Drew and a doctor of ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is the author of What to Expect in Seminary: Theological Education as Spiritual Formation. She replaces Jeffrey Kuan, who left Drew to become the seventh president of the Claremont School of Theology.