Rabbi Daniel L. Lehmann, who until recently served as president of Hebrew College in Boston, will be moving west to take the helm as president of the Graduate Theological Union, a consortium of religious schools and institutes in Berkeley. He will begin his term as GTU president in August, replacing Riess Potterveld, who is stepping down after five years as president.
At Hebrew College, a progressive pluralistic rabbinical school, Lehmann also served as professor of pluralism and Jewish education. While board chair of the Boston Theological Institute, he helped Hebrew College become the first non-Christian institution to join that interfaith consortium.
Founded in 1962, GTU is an interreligious consortium of more than twenty member schools, centers and institutes. Most member institutions are Christian, but GTU also includes the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for Islamic Studies.
Said Lehmann, “As president I will seek to ensure that the GTU remains a significant thought leader in our nation and our world, demonstrating the ways religious and cultural traditions can learn from and enrich one another while retaining the unique narratives, ideas, and practices that root communities in their own fertile traditions.”
Added GTU board chair Susan Cook Hoganson, “Rabbi Daniel Lehmann is unquestionably the right person to lead the Graduate Theological Union in its interreligious engagement of the critical issues of our time. While the GTU has long been a hub of interreligious scholarship and dialogue, the welcoming of Rabbi Lehmann as president will enable the GTU to live even more fully into its identity as an innovative center of multidisciplinary, multireligious scholarship.”