It is my privilege to announce Dr. Angela D. Sims as the 13th President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS). Dr. Sims’ selection resulted from a unanimous recommendation to the Board of Trustees by the 17-person Search Committee, consisting of representatives from the Trustees, administration, faculty, staff, students and alumni/ae. The search process, begun early last fall, was rigorous and thorough, providing a strong pool of excellent candidates from which Dr. Sims was chosen. Dr. Sims clearly exemplifies the values of CRCDS, and her vision and leadership skills, as I know you will agree, demonstrate she is the right person to lead CRCDS at this unique time in its 200-year history.

Dr. Sims comes to CRCDS from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas and Oklahoma, where she serves as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, the Robert B. and Kathleen Rogers Professor in Church and Society and as a Professor of Ethics and Black Church Studies. A renowned Womanist scholar, and a member of the National Baptist denomination, Dr. Sims’ research and writing focuses on ethical complications related to lynching as well as poverty. She holds a Ph.D. from Union Presbyterian Seminary, an M.Div. from Howard University School of Divinity and a B.A. from Trinity University. She is the author and co-author of several books, including Lynched: The Power of Memory in a Culture of Terror (Baylor University Press, 2016), Ethical Complications of Lynching: Ida B. Wells’ Interrogation of American Terror (New York: Palgrave Macmillan) and numerous articles, book reviews and an oral history project. Dr. Sims is the recipient of an array of grants and fellowships and has been featured in Religion and Ethics Newsweekly and in articles in the Dallas Morning News, the Baptist Standard and the New York Times. Prior to pursuing her theological work, Dr. Sims served as an accountant and controller —skills that have proven essential in her administrative work.

Dr. Sims will begin her tenure on July 1, at the conclusion of Dr. Marvin McMickle’ s presidency. Dr. Sims will be the first female President of CRCDS and the first President to lead CRCDS in its new location at 320 North Goodman Street in the City of Rochester where it will move this summer. Dr. Sims’ clear vision for the future of CRCDS, for increasing enrollment, deepening and extending relationships and growing philanthropic support will provide the foundation for a thriving 21st century CRCDS. We are grateful for Dr. Sims, grateful for CRCDS and grateful for each and every person who prays for and supports the good, essential and continuing work of this beloved school.

This is a time of renewal at CRCDS, a time to celebrate God’s faithfulness and the redemptive presence of Christ among us. We look forward to the opportunity for you to meet Dr. Sims in the near future and wish you and your loved ones Easter blessings.


Peter H. Abdella
Chair, Board of Trustees