Bishop Shand to Continue as Chair of the Board of Trustees


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ALEXANDRIA, VA—Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) announced today that the Rt. Rev. James J. “Bud” Shand will continue as chair of the seminary’s Board of Trustees upon his retirement from the Diocese of Easton in Maryland. Shand announced earlier this month that he will retire from the diocese effective July 1, 2014.

Shand has spent 38 years in the Diocese of Easton, first as rector of St. Mary Anne’s, North East, from 1975 to 1989, and then as rector of Christ Church, Kent Island. He left Christ Church upon his election as the 10th Bishop of Easton, in 2003.

“We celebrate and honor Bishop Shand’s Godly and effective leadership of the diocese,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, dean and president of VTS. “He has led and loved his clergy; he has stressed the importance of children's ministries; and he has provided wise counsel with a great sense of humor.”

Shand became chair of the VTS Board of Trustees in 2009. He had previously earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education from VTS in 1999 and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 2003.

“Bishop Shand has been an outstanding board chair – attentive and careful, yet willing to be innovative and adventurous,” Markham said. “I am delighted that he will continue. He was our chair when fire took the seminary’s 1881 Immanuel Chapel in 2010; I would love for him to be our chair when the new chapel is built and consecrated.”

Born in New York City and raised in Plainfield, N.J., Shand graduated in 1969 from Canaan College in New Hampshire. He received his Master of Divinity degree in 1972 from the Philadelphia Divinity School in Philadelphia. He was ordained a deacon and priest in the Diocese of New Jersey, where he served from 1972 to 1975 as an assistant at Grace Church in Merchantville.

Shand and his wife, Lynne, are the parents of two grown children, Jonathan and Meghan.


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