AMBS President Search Process

In December 2018, the AMBS Board of Directors appointed a committee to search for a new president for AMBS after Sara Wenger Shenk, Ed.D., announced her plans to retire on June 30, 2019, at the end of the 2018–19 academic year.

After gathering feedback from listening sessions and a stakeholder survey, the Presidential Search Committee developed a presidential profile in February to introduce the AMBS community to the prospective candidates and outline the desired skills, qualifications, and characteristics of the next president.

On June 10, 2019, the Presidential Search Committee announced David W. Boshart, Ph.D., as the candidate of choice for the position. Boshart visited the AMBS campus June 17–18 to participate in meetings with administrative and teaching faculty members, staff and students.

On Sept. 10, 2019, the AMBS Board of Directors announced the appointment of Boshart as the seminary's next president. Read more

More details. Download a PDF about the presidential search process.

Students walk the prayer labyrinth on the AMBS campus. (Credit: Peter Ringenberg)

“I’m grateful for the collegiality and willingness of the committee members to be part of this process, and for the depth of experience and perspectives that are reflected in each of the members.”

— Miriam Book, search committee chair and a member of the AMBS Board of Directors

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