School's seventh dean, coming from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, assumes role July 1
Fuller’s School of Intercultural Studies has named
its seventh dean: Scott Sunquist, who will assume the deanship July 1, 2012. Dr. Sunquist succeeds previous dean C. Douglas McConnell, who vacated the position last year after being appointed provost of the seminary.
Sunquist comes to Fuller from Pittsburgh
Theological Seminary, where he served as the W. Don McClure chair of Mission and Evangelism for thirteen years and then, four years ago, became Professor of World Christianity. At Fuller, he will be a tenured professor of World Christianity in addition to his primary role as dean.
“I have long admired Scott Sunquist's missiological scholarship,” says President Richard J. Mouw. "That he will now be on our leadership team at Fuller is a marvelous gift of providence!”
“I look forward to getting to know each faculty
member in the School of Intercultural Studies and working with the other deans, faculty, and students,” Sunquist comments. “One
of Fuller's great strengths is its three schools, and I would like to explore
how the Schools of Psychology and Theology can contribute to our thinking about the missional and
multicultural nature of the Church.”
After spending an extended time at Fuller's Pasadena campus meeting with members of the search committee, School of Intercultural Studies faculty, students,
administration, President Richard Mouw and many others, Sunquist says that what stood out to him most was “the
zeal, compassion, attentiveness, and clarity of vision” of everyone he met at
The feedback and impressions of all those he met were overwhelmingly and unanimously positive, said Provost McConnell.
“One of the more encouraging responses was a
unanimous vote from four previous School of Intercultural Studies deans in favor of Dr. Sunquist's appointment,” said
Sunquist added that he has known three of the school's past deans personally, and they are people he has held up in high regard.
“It is a great joy and responsibility to be
following in their train,” said Sunquist.
Sunquist joined the faculty of Pittsburgh
Theological Seminary in 1995, after
serving for eight years as lecturer in church history, ecumenics, and Asian
Christianity at Trinity Theological College in the Republic of Singapore. He
was also the pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Singapore for three
years. Sunquist received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina,
his MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and his PhD from
Princeton Theological Seminary. He has also worked for six years as a campus
staff member for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship both in Virginia and in