Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary named Dr. Luis R. Rivera as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean in October of 2013. Rivera began his term on January 1, 2014. Rivera maintains a thorough and diverse experience of academic teaching, administration, and institutional leadership. He is an exploring candidate for ordination as a United Methodist Deacon in the Northern Illinois Conference. Rivera received his Th.D. (1993) and Th.M. (1981) from Harvard Divinity School, his M.Div. (1978) from Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico, and his B.A. (1973) from the University of Puerto Rico. He is co-editor of The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Theologians (English, Spanish, and Portuguese editions). His research and teaching focus is systematic theology, specifically Latino/a and Diaspora theologies. He has published many articles on these subjects, including “Jesus el Migrante/Jesus the Migrant” in Jesus in the Hispanic Community: Images of Christ from Theology to Popular Religion (Westminster John Knox Press, 2010).