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GTU Board Endorses New Initiatives for Expansion, Affirms Commitment to Robust Degree Programs and Research Library

October 30, 2014, Berkeley, CA — At its meeting on October 29, 2014, the Board of Trustees of the Graduate Theological Union reviewed a series of recommendations from a consulting firm regarding the school’s current and future programming. The board has announced several key decisions that will strengthen the GTU’s status as a premier center for the study of the world’s major religious traditions.

Dr. Riess Potterveld Elected President of the Graduate Theological Union

Berkeley, CA - The Board of Trustees of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) has announced the election of Riess Potterveld as the next president of the GTU. Dr. Potterveld, who has served as the GTU’s acting president since July 1, 2013, was elected by the unanimous vote of attending board members at a meeting on June 20, 2014.

CTNS Announces $1.3M Gift from the John Templeton Foundation

The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) has received a $1.3 million institutional donation from the John Templeton Foundation, one of the largest such donations in the Foundation’s history. This funding will support and enhance CTNS programming as the Center transitions from being an independently incorporated organization affiliated with the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) to being an internal program unit of the GTU.

From the President

This year, students have two more reasons to come to Berkeley and study here at the Graduate Theological Union.

Fall 2014 Presidents Column


What’s that you see? Interfaith panel explores art and spirituality

The Graduate Theological Union, in conjunction with the Center for Arts, Religion and Education, sponsored Modern Divine: An Interfaith Panel on Art and Spirituality on October 27 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

Perceiving the Sacred Around Us

A Letter from Acting President Riess Potterveld

Although I am new to the Office of the President at the Graduate Theological Union, I have worked on behalf of the seminaries of the GTU consortium for thirteen years in a variety of roles as fund-raiser, academic dean, and president. Students and faculty have stated that a primal value for studying and teaching at the GTU has been the access to multiple institutions embodying such rich and diverse religious traditions. Individual institutions are valuable, but the whole, creatively interacting, is uniquely valuable. As president, I feel a deep commitment to the health and sustainability of each part as well as the whole union.

2013 Welcome Reception and Installation of President Riess Potterveld

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 3:30pm

Denniston Commons (Refectory)
Church Divinity School of the Pacific
2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley

There will be a brief program at 4:00 pm, including the installation of Riess Potterveld as acting President of the GTU and the introduction of new faculty and visiting scholars.

If you have questions, please contact Angela Muñoz in the Dean’s Office at or 510/649-2440.

Free and open to the public.


Doctoral Student Forum with President Riess Potterveld

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Meet with President Riess Potterveld for a chance to ask questions and voice concerns about current developments at the GTU. Courtesy of the Student Advisory Committee.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Dinner Board Room, GTU Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

Doctoral students only. Not open to the public.

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