The Board of Trustees of the Berkeley Divinity School is widely representative of the diverse constituencies served by the seminary throughout the Episcopal Church. Its thirty-two members include business and professional leaders of national stature, alumni/ae serving the church in a variety of significant capacities, faculty, representatives of the university, students, and (ex officio) the Bishop of the Diocese of Connecticut. Trustees are drawn from across the country, in keeping with the national spectrum of the School’s student body.

The Board meets three times each year, typically twice in New Haven and once off campus. It conducts its work primarily through five standing committees: Audit & Compliance, Advancement, Finance, Governance, and Program & Life. The Board seeks in prospective members persons committed to promoting the seminary’s spiritual and intellectual life in service to the Episcopal Church, and who will work to support it as a unique resource for theological education and formation.

Acting on behalf of the School, the Board confers honorary degrees each year on persons whose personal and professional lives exhibit “outstanding accomplishments in the fields of public service, social justice, education and the arts, parish or diocesan leadership, or related areas affecting the Anglican Communion and Episcopal Church.” Recent recipients include Mary Kate Wold, (CEO and President of the Church Pension Group), Peter Hawkins (distinguished scholar and long-time YDS professor), Victoria Matthews (Bishop of Christchurch, New Zealand), Griselda Delgado del Carpio (Bishop of Cuba), and Martin Seely (Bishop of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich, and Chair of the Ministry Council, Church of England).

Berkeley’s Current Board of Trustees


  • James Elrod ’17, Riverside, CT, Chair
  • Linda K. Lorimer ’77 JD, New Haven, CT, Vice-Chair, Secretary
  • Charles M. Royce, Greenwich, CT, Vice-Chair
  • The Rev. G. Hartwell Hylton ’15, Darien, CT, Chair, Finance
  • The Very Rev. Dr. Andrew B. McGowan, New Haven, CT, Dean and President
  • *The Rev. Clayton Thomason, Chicago, IL, Assistant Secretary
  • *L. Francis Huck, Darien, CT, Counsel
  • Dr. Emily Bakemeier, New Haven, CT
  • The Rev. Dr. Andrew Barnett, Atlanta, GA
  • Thomas Berardino, New Canaan, CT
  • Richard Chilton, Darien, CT
  • Silvia Ortiz Gosnell ’18, ’86 JD, ’83 BA, Cambridge, MA
  • The Rev. Gary Jones ’85, Richmond, VA
  • The Hon. Margaret Marshall, Boston, MA
  • Dr. Donyelle McCray, New Haven, CT
  • The Rt. Rev. Jeffery Mello, Meriden, CT
  • The Rev. Dr. Hugh Page, Mishawaka, IN
  • The Rev. Dr. Carol Pinkham Oak ’85, Southold, NY
  • The Rev. Yolanda Rolle ’15, Boston, MA
  • The Rev. Tracy Johnson Russell ’95, Hartford, CT
  • Christina Rutland ’25, New Haven, CT
  • The Rev. Richardson Schell ’76, Kent, CT
  • Dr. Westina Matthews Shatteen, Savannah, GA
  • Dr. Gregory Sterling, New Haven, CT
  • Dr. Heather Tookes, New Haven, CT
  • Clyde Tuggle ’88, Atlanta, GA
  • Tommy Watson ’24, New Haven, CT
  • Caroline Williamson, New York, NY
  • The Rev. Dr. Dwight Zscheile ’98, Minneapolis, MN

*Denotes officer who is not a trustee.

Capital Campaign

  • Frances Rowland, Campaign Chair, Westport, CT

Honorary Trustees

  • Carl T. Anderson ’15, Los Angeles, CA, Chair Emeritus