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Wolfe Named Iliff School of Theology President

September 17, 2013


Contact: Greta Gloven


(DENVER) – The Rev. Dr. Thomas V. Wolfe, senior vice president and dean, Division of Student Affairs, Syracuse University, has been named as the Iliff School of Theology’s 14th president.

“We are excited to have Dr. Wolfe join us,” said Jim Wilkins, chairperson, Board of Trustees, Iliff School of Theology. “He currently leads more than 350 Syracuse University employees in the areas of Health and Wellness; Discovery and Engagement, Inclusion, Community and Citizenship; and Central Services. His leadership and management skills will greatly benefit Iliff as the school moves forward with a number of strategic initiatives.”

Prior to this position, Wolfe served as dean and chaplain at Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse and was a pastor of United Methodist parishes in New York. In addition, Wolfe serves as a trustee of Lycoming College and the Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC). He is also a senator of the University Senate of the UMC where he has served as secretary from 2008-2012 and will complete a presidential term from 2013-2016. He is an active member of many civic groups, including InterFaith Works and Vera House.

“As an ordained elder with the Upper New York Conference of the UMC, Dr. Wolfe has an impressive academic background with a bachelor of arts degree from Lycoming College, a master of divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion, and a doctoral degree in higher education administration from Syracuse University,” added Wilkins. “His academic background and managerial skills will benefit our students, staff, and faculty.”

Wolfe will begin serving in his new position August 1. For additional information, please contact Greta Gloven, vice president of marketing communication and strategic partnerships, 303-229-8042 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The Iliff School of Theology is a graduate theological school related to the United Methodist Church, serving more than 38 different faith traditions. Founded in 1892, the school provides several degree programs, including a Joint Ph.D. Program with the University of Denver.


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Nancy Jones on July 31, 2013
Tom Wolfe and I were students together at Lycoming College. I knew back then that he was destined for great things. Tom has a gift of making people feel special, as he did for me and as I know he has done throughout his life and ministry. Please welcome him warmly!

Katharine Guiles Ellis on July 05, 2013
Tom Wolfe is a wonderful and welcome addition to the greater Denver area spiritual and academic community. He was the Hendrick's Chaplain when I was a graduate student at Syracuse University (my home town), and helped me through some tough decisions! I now live in Boulder, and am very excited to welcome Dr. Wolfe!!!!

Andrew Clark on June 21, 2013
While I am sad to see him go, I am so happy for both Tom and for Iliff. I had the pleasure of working with Tom for the 12 + years I have been at SU. He's a treasure and will be a wonderful president. My very best wishes to him.

Dr. Robert E. Pennock on June 03, 2013
As a graduate of Iliff (ThM, ThD) and a graduate of Syracuse U (BEE) I would like to express my joy that Tom Wolfe is heading for Iliff. I have known him for years; he married my youngest daughter and my youngest son works under him at SU. He has made a great contribution at Syracuse while Dean of the Chapel and as a VP. He will be a special resource for the further growth of Iliff through his spiritual and administrative gifts.

Rev. Dr. Tracey Dawson on May 31, 2013
Welcome to Rev. Dr. Wolfe. May God bless your work here at Iliff for many years to come. I want to send out a huge shout-out of THANKS to Professor/Dean ALBERT HERNANDEZ, for taking on the challenge of Dean, and then Acting President during a critical period in the life of Iliff School of Theology. His stability and energy were much-needed by the school and equally appreciated by this alum. Bravo!