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VTS Selected as a Top Workplace in Washington, D.C.

6/23/2014

Media Contact: Carol Kyver
Tel: 703-461-1764
Email: ckyber@vts.edu

Alexandria, VA – Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) is proud to announce that it has been selected by the Washington Post as one of the top workplaces in the Washington, D.C. metro area.  

“I am delighted that Virginia Theological Seminary has been selected as a top workplace, “ said Kathryn Glover, M.P.A., vice president for Human Resources and Institutional Effectiveness. “VTS is committed to supporting its employees in their work to further the mission of this institution, especially through professional development and employee wellness programs.”

A special “Top Workplaces” supplement, featuring VTS in the “Non-profit: Religion” category, appeared in yesterday’s Washington Post.  Employees of VTS were surveyed in January and February on a variety of topics, which was then compared to similar organizations according to a national benchmark. Virginia Seminary employees scored highest in areas of personal and professional development,  fulfillment with regards to achieving a balance to the work and professional life, and on-site childcare.

The Very Rev Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of VTS, explained that this award illustrates the depth and quality of the employees. He observed, “Virginia Seminary has men and women who do not see their work as a job, but as a vocation. This creates a spirit on the campus that is special. And our staff give of their best to ensure that the many programs and activities of VTS are excellent. I am proud of the Seminary and proud of the hardworking staff who make such a difference."

More than 2,000 workplaces were nominated in the region; over 33,000 employees were surveyed; only 150 workplaces were chosen for this honor, including 80 small companies highlighted (50-150 employees), which included Virginia Seminary. 

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Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary is the flagship Seminary of the Episcopal Church. One of our first benefactors was Francis Scott Key whose poem provides the text for our national anthem. In the 191 years since being established, VTS has led the way in forming leaders of the Episcopal Church, including: the Most Rev. John E. Hines (VTS 1933, D.D. 1946), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (VTS 1954, D.D. 1978), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington;  and theologian, author and lay preacher Ms. Verna J. Dozier (VTS D.D. 1978). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of those being ordained who received residential theological education. Visit us online at www.vts.edu.