Pittsburgh Seminary Seeks Next President

The next (seventh) President of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will lead this Christ-centered and ecumenically minded institution to its next level of success through entrepreneurial, transparent, and collaborative leadership. 

The President of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will be either an ordained minister or a practicing and theologically trained member of a Christian denomination that recognizes Seminary graduates as having fulfilled educational ordination requirements. While honoring the Reformed tradition and committed to the Seminary’s relationship with the Presbyterian Church (USA), the next President will welcome and genuinely embrace insights from other faith traditions. 

It is also expected that the Seminary’s next President will be theologically well-grounded with an astute understanding of the challenges facing 21st-century theological education. A terminal degree is preferred, as well as earned distinction as a senior-level administrative leader with a record of progressive responsibility in theological education, higher education, or a faith-based non-profit organization. Above all else, the next President will be a highly relational and spiritually mature. The President will model servant leadership that encourages others to grow toward Christ. The ability to build relationships of trust and to inspire the Seminary community around a unifying vision also will be gifts of the next President.

Personal characteristics of an entrepreneurial spirit with an uncompromising work ethic and the emotional intelligence to engage others with integrity, humility, cultural competence, transparency, and diplomacy are also essential.

Presidential Search Profile

Read the complete presidential search profile. Application information is contained therein and listed to the right.

Download the Profile

2021 Search Schedule

  • Week of Jan. 4: Search Committee engages in anti-bias workshop
  • Week of Jan. 18: Search Committee meets to evaluate applications to date
  • Feb. 1: Deadline for applications
  • Week of Feb. 1: Search Committee meets to select semi-finalist candidates and establish interview process
  • Week of Feb. 15 or 22: Preliminary interviews with semi-finalists
  • Week of March 8 or 15: Campus interviews for finalists with various campus constituents
  • Week of March 15 or 22: Search Committee meets to review campus interviews/feedback and develop recommendations for Board of Directors
  • April: Selection of new president

Search Committee Members


  • Dr. Daniel Aleshire, Retired Director, The Association of Theological Schools
  • Eliza Smith Brown (chair), Retired Director, Communications and External Relations, The Association of Theological Schools
  • David L. McClenahan, Retired Partner, K&L Gates
  • Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, Bishop, The United Methodist Church for Western Pennsylvania
  • The Rev. Darren Rogers ’17, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Wellsville Ohio
  • Greg Spencer, President and CEO, Randall Chemical Manufacturing Company
  • Ex-officio: Jim Gockley (Board chair), Retired, Executive Vice President, BNY Mellon


  • The Rev. Dr. Leanna K. Fuller, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care
  • The Rev. L. Roger Owens, Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality and Ministry
  • The Rev. R. Drew Smith, Professor of Urban Ministry


  • Tracy Riggle Young, Senior Director of Enrollment Services

Community Announcements

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary has retained AGB Search to assist in the recruitment of its new President.

Potential candidates are encouraged to contact the Executive Search Consultants:

Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically to PTSPresident@agbsearch.com.

To receive full consideration, application materials should be submitted not later than Feb. 1, 2021. 

Application materials must include: 

  • a letter of interest, which responds directly to the leadership opportunities and desired presidential attributes outlined in the Presidential Profile;
  • a curriculum vitae; and 
  • the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five professional references (please indicate your relationship with each). No references will be contacted without prior permission granted by the candidate.