MADISON, NJ - Drew University has named Javier A. Viera the new dean of its theological school.
Viera will succeed the Rev. Dr. Virginia Samuel, associate dean of contextual learning for the Theological School, who has served as the interim dean since the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Kuan departed in 2013 to become the seventh president of Claremont School of Theology.
Currently, Viera is executive minister of Christ Church in New York City and holds advanced degrees from Duke, Yale and Columbia. Viera has also served on the governing boards of the divinity schools at Yale and Duke.
Viera earned his bachelor's degree from Florida Southern College, his Master of Divinity from Duke University and his Master of Sacred Theology from Yale University.
Viera's appointment was approved Wednesday by the Executive Committee of the Drew Board of Trustees. He will begin on July 1.
"He brings great experience in the church and in community outreach that will enrich the work of our colleagues in the Theological School, as well as in the whole university," said Vivian A. Bull, Drew University's interim president.