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Among the topics discussed at the May 21st meeting of the Board of Trustees of Saint Herman Theological Seminary were the continued Challenge-Based Education model, the Reader’s-Excellence Challenge, the Freedom Challenge and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Due to the current situation in Alaska during the ongoing pandemic, the Board decided that classes will continue remotely for the Fall 2020 semester. The well-being, health, and safety of our students and families, their villages, and the community of Kodiak are a primary concern; as such, no students will be returning to the campus this next semester. During this time the seminary will expand its educational opportunities by offering remote class auditing and enrollment to the general public. Information will be posted on the seminary and diocese websites as it becomes available.


After 23 years of serving the seminary—the last 12 years as the Dean—at his request His Eminence Archbishop David of Sitka, seminary rector, and the Board of Trustees have accepted Archpriest John Dunlop’s resignation as Dean of Saint Herman Seminary. In recognition of his many years of service, the Board has expressed its appreciation by conferring upon him the honor of Dean Emeritus. In addition, after 23 years of serving the seminary in various capacities, Matushka Dr. Bea Dunlop is leaving the seminary to teach in the public school system. The Board also expressed its appreciation for her many years of service to the seminary.


Archbishop David expressed his gratitude to the Board of Trustees for their continued dedication and support of the seminary. Over the past year His Eminence worked closely with the transition team led by Victor Downing to develop the Challenge-Based Education model now approved by the board. In completing their work this team has created “a seminary like none other” for the development of clergy and lay leaders for the Diocese of Alaska. Archbishop David expressed his appreciation for Archpriest John’s and the team’s diligence and dedication to his vision by stating, “moving forward I am hopeful that these efforts will prove to be a great benefit to the parishes and peoples of Alaska. With God’s help and following our patron’s Saint’s instruction: From this day forward we will love God above all and fulfill His Holy Will.”

A formal announcement of the search for a new Dean of Saint Herman Orthodox Theological Seminary will be forthcoming.