New Leadership Appointments at VTS for Linda Dienno and Barney Hawkins


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ALEXANDRIA, VA – Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) is proud to announce the promotion of Ms. Linda Dienno to the position of Vice President for Institutional Advancement, and the appointment of the Rev. James Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D. to the position of Co-Director of the Bicentennial Campaign. These announcements were made during the November meeting of the VTS Board of Trustees.

“Our current Advancement team is exceptional,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, dean and president of VTS. “And these appointments ensure that we continue to build on our strengths. With Linda Dienno we have an exceptional Vice President who has experience, talent, and creativity to take Institutional Advancement to new heights of success; and with Barney Hawkins, we are retaining in our orbit his wisdom, passion, and love for the Seminary.”

Dienno has been with VTS since 2013 when she was hired as Director of Development. Her brief included managing the annual giving campaign, which grew 10 percent under her leadership. In other areas, she raised more than $350,000 in naming gifts for Additional Student Housing; and secured more than $2M in grants for VTS programs. Before coming to VTS, Dienno served for seven years as Director of Development at Christ Church, Alexandria, Va., where she was responsible for the Annual Stewardship appeal, fundraisers, a capital campaign, major gifts, bequests, grant writing, and communications. She raised $1.5M for the operating fund annually. Her development background began in 1994 when she worked with the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas (CFC-O) at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Dienno’s work included fundraising travel to U.S. military installations across the globe including places such as Panama, Japan, and Bosnia. Dienno was responsible for marketing, fundraising materials, training, and recognition events. During her time with CFC-O, she raised more than $29M.

Markham said of Dienno: “Linda Dienno is a successful development leader who has raised for various organizations over forty million dollars. She is open to new ways of working and brings an administrative competence which is quite exceptional.”

Hawkins joined VTS in 2000. For the last ten years, he was Vice President for Institutional Advancement and the Arthur Carl Lichtenberger Professor in Pastoral Theology. From 2008-2013, he was Associate Dean for the Center for Anglican Communion Studies. He also served as the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program from 2000-2007. Hawkins has served on the boards of Episcopal Relief & Development and Kanuga Conferences, Inc. and president of the North American Committee of St. George’s College, Jerusalem. His publications include Christ and Culture: Communion After Lambeth; Episcopal Etiquette and Ethics; Staying One, Remaining Open: Education Leaders for a 21st Century Church; The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Anglican Communion; and From Ashes to Action: A Chapel Burns and a Seminary Rebuilds, which details the 2010 Immanuel Chapel fire and subsequent capital campaign Hawkins successfully helped shepherd. 

“Barney Hawkins has, almost certainly, staked a place for himself in the history of this Seminary,” said Markham. “This is not simply because he oversaw the most successful fundraising campaign ever in the history of the school, but also because as a teacher, as a priest, and as a scholar, he brought a rich pastoral dimension to the role.”

Both positions were effective as of December 1, 2017.


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 194 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
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