On January 22, Warner Library had the honor of hosting the Endowed Chair Installation Ceremony of Dr. Peter Enns and Dr. Michael Lee. Dr. Enns was installed as the Abram S. Clemens Chair of Biblical Studies, while Dr. Lee was installed as the Grace F. Kea Chair of American History. Those in attendance also benefited from hearing first hand from the honorees their individualized perspectives on “The Future of Evangelical Biblical Interpretation”.
A little institutional history…
The Abram S. Clemens Chair of Biblical Studies was created in 1985 with the appointment of Dr. Kenneth Maahs to the position. The chair was created in honor of Abram S. Clemens who was the President of Hatfield Packing Company. In his retirement, Mr. Clemens served on the University’s Board of Trustees.
Grace F. Kea, who the American History chair is named in honor of, was an active figure in advancing the mission of Eastern. She was bestowed an honorary doctorate from Eastern in 1974 and co-chaired the Partnership in Faith Campaign. Larry Ziglar was the faculty member who first held this endowed chair in 1978.
All photos courtesy of Daniel Burke Photography.