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Interim University Chaplain and Search for University Chaplain
February 12, 2008, Volume 54, No. 21



Provost Ronald J. Daniels announced the appointment of Associate Chaplain Rev. Charles L. Howard, C ’00, as Interim University Chaplain.  Rev. William Gipson, the former University Chaplain, became Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Access on January 1, 2008 (Almanac January 15, 2008). 

Rev. Howard, who served two terms as chairman of the United Minorities Council as a Penn undergraduate, now directs the CHORDS program, a partnership that connects Penn, through the Chaplain’s Office and the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, with West Philadelphia schools, neighborhood organizations, and communities of faith. 

He is the editor of The Souls of Poor Folk, an essay collection linked to a multimedia project (including a student-shot documentary) designed to raise awareness about poverty. On February 21 at 4 p.m., Rev. Howard will give a reading at the Penn Bookstore. He also co-founded the Greater Love Movement, a non-profit anti-poverty organization, that focuses on the needs of the homeless. 

Rev. Howard teaches in Penn’s Programs for Awareness in Cultural Education (PACE), a partnership between the Graduate School of Education and Greenfield Intercultural Center, and at the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia, where he is completing a PhD in practical theology, with a minor in contemporary theology.

He earned an MDiv from Andover Newton Theological School and a BA from Penn, with a major in urban studies and a minor in African-American studies. At Penn, he was the winner of The Bowl Award, chief of Sphinx Senior Society, and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

A committee has been assembled to advise the Provost on the search for a new Chaplain.  Members of the committee are:

E. Ann Matter, Associate Dean for Arts and Letters, SAS; William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Religious Studies, SAS (Chair)

Leslie Delauter, Director, College Houses and Academic Services

Saara Hafeez, W ’10, Communications Chair, Muslim Students Association

Mitchell Marcus, RCA Professor of Artificial Intelligence, SEAS

Barbara Savage, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought; Professor of History, SAS

Jonathan Sham, M ’10, Chair, Penn Catholic Medical Students

Jonathan Weiner, C ’08, Chair, PRISM (Programs in Religious, Interfaith, and Spirituality Matters); Education Chair, Penn Hillel

Leo Charney, Office of the Provost (Staff)

Almanac - February 12, 2008, Volume 54, No. 21