LTS names new Dean

Lexington, Ky., March 25, 2011 – The Rev. Dr. Richard Weis has been named Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean and Professor of Hebrew Bible at Lexington Theological Seminary.

Weis, who is currently Dean and Professor of Old Testament Theology at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, will join the Seminary effective July 1.  He follows Dr. Sharon Warner, who is retiring after 22 years of service at LTS.

“Dr. Weis brings a wealth of experience in theological education and in the church,” said LTS President James Johnson. “He is a gifted and highly published scholar with a reputation as an excellent teacher. He has been a leader in the adoption of new instructional technologies and in inter-disciplinary team teaching. Throughout his career his service to the church has been evident as a speaker, preacher, teacher, and Bible study leader.”

In the interview process, the search committee was particularly impressed with Weis’ enthusiastic vision of what the new online program at LTS can mean for the church.

Prior to his role at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Weis was Dean at New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Brunswick, New Jersey and was Associate Professor of Old Testament there for more than a decade.

Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit