July 14, 2010 (Gettysburg, PA) The Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries announced this week that Mr. James H. Scott of Chester Springs, PA, has accepted the position as Director of Intersections Institute, currently a joint educational program of two Lutheran seminaries in Gettysburg and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Launched two years ago, the Institute offers degree and professional certificate courses for professional staff of faith-based social ministry organizations, and for students who aspire to serve in a wide range of arenas at the intersection of church and world. This enterprising new program provides a combination of practical nonprofit managerial and leadership skills with graduate theological training and orientation to the unique mission and culture of faith-based organizations. The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) offers a Master’s in Public Leadership degree, and a professional Certificate in Leadership of Faith-Based Organizations course of studies is conducted by the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (LTSG).
To the Institute’s directorship, James Scott brings a rich professional background and extensive experience in service, educational and entrepreneurial enterprises. Holding degrees from Villanova University (Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Master of Arts), and Washington University (MBA), Scott was the Executive Director of portfolio Strategies with Morgan Stanley Investment prior to his retirement from that post in 2007. Previously, he served with the U.S. Peace Corps, was Treasurer of Amherst College, Vice President, Secretary and Assistant Treasurer for Texas Utilities Company in Dallas, and was a corporate banking officer. In the late 1970’s, Scott was granted a leave of absence from his financial executive position to serve as a White House Fellow and a member of the staff of President Jimmy Carter. Currently, he serves as a trustee for Gettysburg College and the University of Texas at Austin, and is a member of the board of directors and chair of the investment committee for Thrivent Financial, a Fortune-500 financial service organization. In recent years, he has engaged in graduate school teaching at Villanova and the University of Delaware in the areas of corporate strategy and political and economic analysis. He has written in those areas, and is currently writing creative non-fiction as well. Scott and his wife are the parents of four children, and are involved in many community groups and activities.
In accepting the position with Intersections Institute, Scott quoted Psalm 146, Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, expressing “the joy of my selection as Director of Intersections. While at the time in the company of the distinguished social ministry organization leaders and noted theologians who made this selection possible, I was speechless as well as thankful. I pray that our Lord Jesus Christ may nourish me and my supportive wife as I work to help our blessed and dedicated partners achieve the ambitious goals of the Institute."
Scott succeeds Dr. Christy Lohr, who directed the Institute through its first year until accepting a position at Duke University in June.
Presidents Philip Krey of Philadelphia and Michael Cooper-White of Gettysburg shared their enthusiasm for the new director in a joint statement: “In James Scott we found that rare combination of a superb leader—in business, education, the Church and the public arena as well—and a genuine servant whose faith permeates every aspect of his life. We are confident that under his capable leadership, the Institute will flourish as it provides quality educational programs to current and future leaders in a wide variety of faith-based organizations.” The Rev. Dr. Katie Day, Professor of Church & Society, added her perspective as a senior faculty member: "As someone who teaches in the program (Ethics of Public Leadership, LTSP) I am very much looking forward to working with James Scott. He brings a vision of faith-based leadership which has been forged through his own experience and corresponds precisely with the goals and concerns of the students the Intersections Institute is attracting. Jim is uniquely gifted to take the program to the next level, which will deepen the partnership between Gettysburg and Philadelphia seminaries as well as grow an already strong program into an excellent one."