Virginia Theological Seminary Awards Four with Honorary Degrees


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Alexandria, VA - Honorary doctorates were conferred upon four distinguished recipients at Virginia Theological Seminary’s annual Academic Convocation yesterday. The Doctor in Divinity, honoris causa degree was awarded to the Rt. Rev. Daniel Malesela Kgomosotho, bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Mpumalanga, South Africa, and the Rev. Eric H.F. Law, founder of the Kaleidoscope Institute for Competent Leadership in a Diverse Changing World. The Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, was awarded to Robert A.M. Stern, architect, teacher, writer, and dean of the Yale School of Architecture, and to Michael Vergason, landscape architect, writer and lecturer.

The Rt. Rev. Daniel Malesala Kgomosotho was consecrated bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Mpumalanga, South Africa in July 2010. Kgomosotho received a post-graduate diploma in theology from Virginia Seminary in 1993 and a Master of Theology from the University College of South Africa. He was ordained deacon at age 26, and priested at age 27. He served as parish priest and then from 1988 to 2000 as Archdeacon of the Diocese of Pretoria. In 2000, with the founding of the Diocese of Mpumalanga out of the Diocese of Pretoria, Kgomosotho was appointed Senior Priest – later serving as Vicar General – and then became Bishop of the Diocese.

The Rev. Eric H.F. Law, an ordained Episcopalian priest, is founder and director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, established to develop competent leadership in a diverse, changing world. He is an internationally known consultant and trainer in multicultural ministry and the building of inclusive communities. He is also a photographer, playwright, and composer of church music.

Robert A.M. Stern, is a practicing architect, teacher, writer. He is founder of Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP in New York and is the Dean of the Yale School of Architecture. His firm was selected to design Virginia Seminary’s new chapel. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University, a Master of Architecture degree from the Yale School of Architecture, and has created countless familiar architectural icons including the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts; the Walt Disney Company's Feature Animation Building in Burbank, California; Comcast Center, a 57-story office tower in Center City Philadelphia; and the 15 Central Park West apartment building in Manhattan.

Michael Vergason founded Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, LTD in Alexandria, Virginia in 1987. During his career he has demonstrated great skill, passion, and sensitivity as a designer, communicator, collaborator, and practitioner. His design education in both architecture and landscape architecture defines his ability to balance and enhance the intersection between natural and built systems. His firm works on projects locally and internationally, including Petra Archeological Park in Jordan and the American Cemetery in Normandy, France.

Founded in 1823, Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church. The school prepares men and women, representing more than 40 different dioceses and nine different countries, for service in the Church, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas.