Lexington Theological Seminary names new Vice President


Lexington, Ky., Nov. 9, 2011 – The incoming Vice President of Advancement at Lexington Theological Seminary says that having a committed alumni base is a key component to the success of the Seminary, its students and the congregations they serve.

Mark Blankenship joins the Seminary Nov. 15. In his most recent position, Blankenship is Associate Vice President for Advancement and Associate Vice President for Alumni Programs at Transylvania University in Lexington.

“Having an alumni base that is invested in the institution is key in not only developing resources but also in attracting future students,” Blankenship said. “With alumni support, you know you’re not singing in the choir by yourself. It’s a team effort.”

Blankenship will work to transition alumni programs with Sonny Wray, the current Vice President of Advancement, who announced his retirement after 35 years at the seminary, effective July 31, 2012.

“We are grateful to Sonny for his years of service and his willingness to ensure a smooth transition in this critical area of the Seminary’s ministry,” said LTS President Charisse L. Gillett.   “Mark Blankenship will be an outstanding addition to the leadership at the Seminary. He clearly recognizes that the ministry of the Seminary allows us to serve not only our students but the church as a whole, and that our network of alumni and congregations are a vital part of that ministry.”

Blankenship, whose parents are LTS alumni, has a successful history of higher education leadership in the areas of development and alumni programs.

“It’s exciting to be a part of an historic institution that also, in its groundbreaking curriculum, will serve the church effectively. This is just the beginning,” Blankenship said.

The married father of three is active in several professional organizations and is a member of Twin Pines Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Lexington Theological Seminary is a graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.  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.
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