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About the Speaker Rev. Samuel H. Speers Assistant Dean for Campus Life and Diversity, Director of the Religious and Spiritual Life Office at Vassar College

Rev. Samuel H. Speers, D.Min, is Assistant Dean for Campus Life and Diversity and Director of the Religious and Spiritual Life Office at Vassar College. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he began his work at Vassar in 1999, having served before that at the University of Chicago where he was Associate Dean of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. He is a graduate of Columbia University, the University of Chicago, and Princeton Theological Seminary. At Vassar, he directed a ten-year multi-campus project focusing on “Secularity and the Liberal Arts.” This Teagle Foundation project brought together chaplains and faculty from Bucknell University, Macalester College, Williams College, as well as Vassar. He also directed the college’s participation in the 2011-13 White House Interfaith and Community Service Challenge. He is past President of the Association of College and University Religious Affairs, and currently a Luce Fellow with “Campus Chaplaincy for a Multifaith World,” a multi-year initiative for campus chaplains run by Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, and supported by the Luce Foundation.