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CRCDS names its next president 

For the first time in its 200-year history, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School will be led by a woman. The school announced today that it has named Angela Sims, currently vice president of institutional advancement at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas and Oklahoma, as its 13th president. She will succeed Marvin McMickle, who retires on July 1.

click to enlarge Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School President Marvin McMickle and his successor, Angela Sims, at a City Hall press conference announcing Sims' appointment. - PHOTO BY CAITLIN WHYTE, WXXI
  • PHOTO BY CAITLIN WHYTE, WXXI
  • Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School President Marvin McMickle and his successor, Angela Sims, at a City Hall press conference announcing Sims' appointment.
Sims will also be the first African-American woman to serve as a college president in Rochester. She was the unanimous choice of the 17-member CRCDS search committee, which consisted of representatives of the school's administration, faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Sims has a PhD from Union Presbyterian Seminary, a master of divinity degree from the Howard University School of Divinity, and a bachelor's degree from Trinity University. Among the books she has written and co-written are "Lynched: The Power of Memory in a Culture of Terror," and "Ethical Complications of Lynching: Ida B. Wells’ Interrogation of American Terror."

Her appointment comes at a time of major transition for the divinity school, which, like many similar institutions, has faced declining enrollment. This summer, it will move its facilities from its historic campus on South Goodman Street to the Village Gate complex on North Goodman. In announcing Sims' selection, Board of Trustees Chair Peter Abdella cited her "clear vision for the future of CRCDS, for increasing enrollment, deepening and extending relationships, and growing philanthropic support."

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