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Board of Trustees

McCormick Theological Seminary depends on the diversity, experience, and commitment of its Board of Trustees.

McCormick Theological Seminary depends on the diversity, experience, and commitment of its Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees is dynamic and actively engaged in the life of the Seminary. It meets three times each year to conduct Seminary business.

Trustees are pastors and lay church leaders, financial advisors, lawyers, and business owners, educators and authors from across the country. Collectively, they shape the identity and trajectory of the Seminary as it seeks to prepare women and men for Christian ministry that is cross-cultural, urban, Reformed and ecumenical. All share a passion for the educational mission to which Jesus Christ has called the McCormick community. 

Executive Committee:

Deborah A. Block, Chairperson
Peter J. Cochrane, Vice-Chairperson
     Chair, Personnel Committee
Robert S. Karlblom, Treasurer
     Chair, Finance
Ronald G. Cruikshank, Secretary
     Chair, Nominations & Trusteeship
Mark E. Anderson
     Chair, Property & Facilities
David A. Van Dyke
     Chair, Seminary Relations & Development
Melinda Scott Krei
     Chair, Educational Policy & Program
Erica Yin-Ling Liu, Member At-Large
James A. McClung, Member At-Large
Frank M. Yamada, President, Ex-officio
Ted Hiebert, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Ex-officio


Class of 2016

Byron Brazier
Apostolic Church of God
Chicago, IL

Christine A. Chakoian
First Presbyterian Church
Lake Forest, IL

Peter J. Cochrane
Vice President (Retired), Cargill, Inc.
Edina, MN

Robert Crawford, Jr.
Founder and Past chair,
Brook Furniture Rental
Lake Forest, IL

James J. Detterick
Morgan Stanley
New York, NY

Ronald W. Frank
Reed Smith
Pittsburgh, PA

Sherri Hausser
San Francisco Theological Seminary
San Anselmo, CA

P. Douglas Kindschi
Kaufman Interfaith Institute
Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids, MI

James A. McClung
Lismore International, Inc.
Winnetka, IL

Sarah Tanzer
McCormick Theological Seminary
Chicago, IL

Christopher Valentine
Louisville, KY


Class of 2017

Mark E. Anderson
Tampa General Hospital
Tampa, FL

Ronald G. Cruikshank
Choate & Seletski
New York, NY

Nancy Enderle
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Madison, WI

Ellen Gignilliat
Chicago, IL

Hardy Hyoung Nyun Kim
Fourth Presbyterian Church
Chicago, IL

Erica Yin-Ling Liu
Pres. House
Madison, WI

Brian R. Paulson
First Presbyterian Church
Libertyville, IL

Paul Thomas Rock
Second Presbyterian Church
Kansas City, MO

David G. Strom
Hoogendoorn and Talbot, LLP
Chicago, IL

Robert K. Unglaub, II
Integrated Marketing Solutions
Chicago, IL

David A. Van Dyke
House of Hope Presbyterian Church
St. Paul, MN


Class of 2018

Deborah A. Block
Immanuel Presbyterian Church
Milwaukee, WI

Patrick L. Daymond
Memorial Presbyterian Church
Roosevelt, NY

Edward W. Harris, III
Taft Stettinius and Hollister
Indianapolis, IN

Nicholas Hood, III
Plymouth United Church of Christ
Detroit, MI

Raja Kamal
Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Novato, CA

Robert S. Karlblom
Partner (Retired), Lehman Brothers
Lake Forest, IL

Melinda Scott Krei
Milwaukee, WI

Ozzie E. Smith
Covenant United Church of Christ
South Holland, IL

James E. Sparks
The Sparks Group
Oak Park, IL

John Wilkinson
Third Presbyterian Church
Rochester, NY


Life Trustees

Charles H. Barrow
Wilmette, IL

John M. Buchanan
Christian Century
Chicago, IL

Jon T. Ender
Ender Capital Management
Winnetka, IL

Margaret S. Hart
Lake Forest, IL

James J. McClure, Jr.
Evanston, IL

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