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Congratulations Dr. Rev. Katherine Ragsdale

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(Photo source: Episcopal Life online.)

Better late than never on the coverage of this great news! On Monday, the Episcopal Divinity School of Cambridge, Massachusetts announced that NARAL Pro-Choice America's own (she's a board member) Dr. Rev. Katherine Ragsdale has been named the new president and dean of Episcopal Divinity School! And elected by unanimous vote, at that:

"The search committee presented to the Board of Trustees the Rev. Katherine Ragsdale as its unanimous recommendation for president and dean of Episcopal Divinity School," said Donham. "Katherine's gifts, skills, and experience are an excellent match with the criteria established by the search committee, both in terms of the current challenges and opportunities at EDS, and the personal attributes we are looking for in a new leader."

The Rt. Rev. Thomas Ely, EDS trustee and search committee member, said, "The search committee sees in Katherine the right combination of a person of immense faith, demonstrated organizational and team leadership ability, a passion for academic excellence and quality theological education, formidable development skills, and the ability to be a strong, articulate, and inspiring voice for the mission of EDS, both within the Episcopal Church and beyond. From among the many gifted candidates we interviewed, Katherine Ragsdale overwhelmingly stands out as the one best equipped and called to lead EDS into this next exciting and promising chapter of our life and mission."

Excellent news. Readers here might also remember that Rev. Ragsdale was on-the-ground in Birmingham, Alabama in July of 2007, covering the anti-choice protestors at the New Women All Women Health Clinic during the Alabama Reproductive Freedom Summer kick off. Her blog post describing the events is really compelling so give it a read if you have the chance.

Rev. Ragsdale is a longtime leader of the pro-choice movement and, like I said before, NARAL Pro-Choice America and the Episcopal Divinity School are lucky to have her.

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