Another face and name has been added to the Carroll University faculty.
The school announced Thursday, Aug. 11, that it hired the Rev. Elizabeth E.P. McCord as its new chaplain and director of spiritual life. McCord assumed the position Aug. 1, according to a news release.
The news comes following Carroll's monthslong, nationwide search to fill the position after its former chaplain, the Rev. Bill Humphreys, left the school in January, said Senior Public Relations Strategist Jess Owens. Humphreys served as the university's chaplain for almost 16 years and was universally adored by students.
In her new role, McCord will provide the entire Carroll community – including students, faculty, staff, alumni and neighbors – with a spiritual presence and program leadership, according to university officials. She is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with local congregations and non-profit organizations through the coordination of campus service programs.
“Carroll is a dynamic, vibrant learning community full of opportunities to express and explore faith and spirituality,” McCord said. “I look forward to sharing my interests in spiritual practice and service with all of those on campus.”
McCord spent the past 10 years serving in ministry, most recently as associate dean for vocations at the San Francisco Theological Seminary, where she completed her master of divinity degree. After completing her graduate work in 2006, she served as a clinical pastoral education resident at the John Muir Medical Center in Concord, California, and as a Christian educator at San Geronimo Community Presbyterian Church. She was ordained by the Golden Gate Association of the United Church of Christ in January 2012.
“Carroll University’s mission is to draw from its Presbyterian roots and Christian traditions as we prepare our students for success in the world,” said Theresa Barry, Carroll's vice president of student affairs. “Elizabeth’s experience in ministry and higher education, along with her eagerness to serve others, (makes her) a wonderful addition to our staff, and (she) will be a great asset to our campus community.”
McCord will get some new digs to go with her new job.
The Waukesha Plan Commission in May approved design plans for renovations the college will complete on a historic home on College Avenue – just east of Grand Avenue and southwest of the school's main campus – that will be used as the school's new chaplain's office.
According to planning documents, the house is one of the oldest in the city and sits within the College Avenue Historic District. It was constructed from limestone taken from a quarry where Carroll's football field, Schneider Stadium, now stands.