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South Canaan, PA –  St. Tikhon’s Seminary received word from the Board of Commissioners of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) regarding the final disposition of our periodic re-accreditation review site visit that occurred on November 20-23, 2016. In a letter dated February 15th, the Board of Commissioners indicated that St. Tikhon’s Seminary is re-accredited for seven years, with no notations!

This is great news for the seminary, following several years of consistent and intensive preparation, and gratitude is expressed toward all who assisted in this effort!  The Self-Study Leadership Team was chaired by Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean, directed by Dr. Paul Witek, Assistant to the Dean for Academic Affairs, and Dr. David Ford, Professor of Church History, served as self-study editor. Archbishop Michael, Seminary Rector, served as chair of the Self-Study Steering Committee Chair, and Professor Sergei Arhipov served as committee secretary as well as respondent on behalf of the library.  Michael Skor is one of several seminarians engaged in the self-study process (including those serving as Student Government chairs during the past few years) that continued to be integrally involved in developing the final draft of the self-study well after his graduation.

Fr. Steven shared words of gratitude for the seminary community: “our goal for this review was for all dimensions of the seminary community to be engaged in and able to speak to the self study process with the site visit team.  Thanks be to God, it is wonderful to see such a strong outcome following our collaborative effort.”  The seminary is also grateful to our new Accreditation Liaison, Dr. Barbara Mutch and the site visit team that worked together to conduct the review.