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Virginia Seminary Hires New Director of Communications

5/16/2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
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Alexandria, VA – The Very Rev. Ian Markham, dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), announced today that Mr. Curtis Prather has accepted the position of the Seminary’s Director of Communications, effective immediately.
 
Prather has been with the Seminary’s Communications department since 2005 when he was hired as the Seminary’s Web Manager, overseeing the redesign of the VTS website and the development of the Seminary’s mobile web interface – a first among Episcopal Seminaries. In 2010 he was promoted to the position of Web and Technology Support Manager as his responsibilities expanded. Since November 2012 he has been the interim Director of Communications.
 
“We are delighted to be able to appoint Curtis to this position,” said Markham.  “After a national search, he emerged as the candidate who is the best fit for the Seminary.  In his time at the Seminary he has cultivated the skills necessary to help VTS develop its profile across the country and the world. “
 
Prather has more than 20 years of diverse Communications experience. Prior to coming to VTS, he worked with St. John’s Episcopal Church in McLean, Virginia, the Department of Interior’s Endangered Species Program, the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland, and the American Film Institute at the Kennedy Center, where he was the Press and Membership Coordinator from 1991 through 1995.
 
From 1996 through 2003 Prather worked at the Smithsonian Institution, where he helped to create the first on-line giving system for the Smithsonian’s Office of Development. In 2001 his work included project management for the "September 11" collections at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
 
An award-winning producer and documentary filmmaker on subjects and topics ranging from social justice protests and the working poor, to pop culture and performance art, Prather has brought that experience to his work at Virginia Seminary, taking the lead on several video projects including the production of DVDs on the Seminary’s environmental lectures, and most recently a collaboration with students, faculty and staff on a video supporting the annual fund. For the past six years Prather has been responsible for live streaming Commencement ceremonies and Convocation lectures.
 
In his new role as Director of Communications at Virginia Theological Seminary, Prather will be responsible for the management and execution of a communications vision that will help serve a range of VTS priorities, and will work with colleagues to craft and implement a multi-dimensional program that will maintain the Seminary’s high standards.
 
Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church and was founded in 1823.  The Seminary prepares men and women for service in the Church worldwide, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas. The Seminary currently represents more than 40 different dioceses and 9 different countries.