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Dr. Jonathan Walton Named Dean at Wake Forest

Dr. Jonathan L. Walton has been named dean of the School of Divinity at Wake Forest University.

Dr. Jonathan WaltonDr. Jonathan Walton

Walton comes to Wake Forest from Harvard University where he served as the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, Pusey Minister in the university’s Memorial Church and Professor of Religion and Society at the Harvard Divinity School. In addition to his deanship, the Atlanta native and ordained Baptist minister will serve as the Presidential Chair of Religion and Society at WFU.

‚ÄúWake Forest University‚Äôs motto, Pro Humanitate (For Humanity), captures my commitment to theological education. Research and teaching are not simply ‚Äėacademic exercises‚Äô for me,‚ÄĚ Walton said. ‚ÄúThe pursuit of knowledge is a sacred task insofar as we are called to better the lives of others, particularly the most vulnerable. I am excited to serve a divinity school with such a clear intellectual vision, concrete vocational mission and demonstrated commitment to diversity.‚ÄĚ

Walton is a noted religious scholar and preacher whose work explores the intersections of religion, politics and media culture. He is the author of Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism and A Lens of Love: Reading the Bible in Its World for Our World.

Wake Forest leaders said Walton‚Äôs presence on campus will be invaluable for faculty, staff and students due to his ‚Äúadmirably collaborative style, inspirational and creative approach to colleague-ship and deep roots across theological and religious communities,‚ÄĚ according to university provost Dr. Rogan Kersh.

Wake Forest president Dr. Nathan O. Hatch added that Walton will bring ‚Äúexceptional leadership‚ÄĚ to the university‚Äôs School of Divinity. He said the incoming dean has become an ‚Äúimportant national voice on religious and social issues and his wisdom and vision will help prepare our divinity students for meaningful lives of ministry.‚ÄĚ

Walton earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Morehouse College and a master of divinity degree and PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary.

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