St. Andrews Announces Commencement Speaker

13 April 2017, 9:52 am Written by 
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LAURINBURG, N.C. – The Rev. Wayne Meisel has accepted the invitation to be the commencement speaker at St. Andrews and will address more than 100 graduates during the 120th commencement ceremony on May 6.


The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. on the DeTamble Library Terrace.

Meisel is the Director of the Center for Faith and Service at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. The Center develops programs through partnerships with local congregations and national church offices for a generation defined by their commitment to service and justice. The Center also seeks to renew theological education through collective efforts to recruit, train and launch individuals into both traditional and new forms of ministry. 

Prior to this position, he served as the Director of Faith and Service at the Cousins Foundation in Atlanta, GA, and was the founding President of the Bonner Foundation which currently supports 2,500 students at sixty colleges, and has had more than 20,000 alumni go through the program. As a Presidential appointee to the Commission on National and Community Service, Meisel served as one of the architects of the AmeriCorps programs and also as a charter board member of Teach for America. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church and describes himself as an AmeriCorps Chaplain.

In 1994, he was recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the top fifty leaders under forty. He was also awarded the President’s Volunteer Action Award by President Reagan after launching the Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL, now called “Impact”) a national student service organization created to build a student movement based on community service.

Meisel earned his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University and his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the brother of St. Andrews alumnus Donald “Mick” Meisel ’76 and is married to KP, an English teacher. Together they have four sons.

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