Pittsburgh Theological Seminary has elected two new members to its Board of Directors—Robert Agbede and J. Stephen Lee. They will begin their service to the Seminary in May 2013.

Robert Agbede is president and CEO of Chester Engineers, a leading water/waste water, facility design build, scientific research and management company. Chester, headquartered in Pittsburgh, has offices throughout the country as well as international affiliates. Agbede acquired the firm, that turned 100 last year, in 2003, making it part of the ATS Group, the company he founded in 1987. Chester Engineers is the largest African-American-owned environmental and engineering design firm in the United States and the largest Water and Wastewater treatment plant design and management firm in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. Agbede has developed a work culture that emphasizes the importance of giving back, viewing corporate social responsibility as good business. Chester engages with small/minority businesses and students in areas of mentoring.

Stephen Lee is president of H.L. Zeve Associates Inc., an investment firm. Prior to joining Zeve, Lee owned and operated an oil and gas exploration company in Louisiana, where he managed private and corporate funds and discovered and operated five oil fields. He is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Pittsburgh. Lee is current chair of the Board of Trustees of Shady Side Academy, past president of the Shady Side Academy Alumni Council, an elder of the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, and a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania where he chaired the Finance Committee. He has been quoted in publications including Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 300 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.