Emory Report

January 20, 1998

 Volume 50, No. 17

Henry-Crowe appointed dean
of the chapel and religious life

The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, University chaplain since 1991, has been appointed dean of the chapel and of religious life. The appointment was approved recently by the Board of Trustees in recognition of "her national leadership in United Methodism, her effectiveness as a minister to the whole University and her ability as a teacher of religious life in its many venues and dimensions."

Henry-Crowe came to Emory from her position as director of the South Carolina Conference on Ministries in 1991. Since then, she has nurtured a strong religious life on campus, recognizing 24 student groups representing six of the world's major faiths and guiding the work of 15 campus ministers and associate chaplains. A significant aspect of her work has been to foster interfaith dialogue.

A United Methodist minister since 1974, she is one of only nine elected members of the United Methodist Judicial Council, the ecclesiastical "Supreme Court" of that denomination. (She is the first clergywoman to serve.)

Not only a minister to the campus but also a teacher, Henry-Crowe regularly teaches a course on the United Methodist Book of Discipline at the School of Theology. Her effectiveness as a teacher was perhaps best demonstrated during the four months she and Oxford Chaplain Sammy Clark led the University community in thinking through the relationship between Emory and the United Methodist Church while determining guidelines for the use of the University's chapels.

A native of Greenville, S.C., Henry-Crowe is a graduate of Winthrop College and the Candler School.

-Jan Gleason

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