Duke University has named a new dean of Duke Chapel who will be the first black dean ever of the chapel, which has one of the largest congregations and is home to one of the most active religious life programs on a U.S. campus.
The Reverend Dr. Luke A. Powery of Princeton Theological Seminary will become the new dean of Duke Chapel, Duke University President Richard Brodhead announced Thursday.
Powery, 38, will start his new position on Sept. 1. He succeeds the Rev. Dr. Samuel Wells, who returned to England this summer to become the vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London.
Powery, who was selected from a field of more than 130 applicants, has taught at Princeton Theological Seminary since 2006. He has taught courses and lectured at numerous other educational institutions and has been a frequent guest preacher and singer at various congregations and conferences.