GTU Presidential Search Committee

The GTU is celebrating a successful presidential search and the selection of Rabbi Daniel Lehmann as the next president of the GTU. Read more here:

The GTU Presidential Search Committee established this page to keep the GTU community up to date on the school's search for a new president to succeed Dr. Riess Potterveld, who will be retiring in the summer of 2018. You can read more about our presidential search below. 

The GTU is Seeking a New President

The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley is seeking its next president. Formal review of candidates began on March 7, 2018. The search committee is not accepting additional applicants at this time.


The GTU is a unique consortium of some 20-member schools, centers, and institutes, with a world-class library. Founded in 1962, the GTU is the most comprehensive center for the graduate study of religion in North America, working in a deep collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley. 

An institution of higher learning unlike any other, the GTU brings together scholars of the world’s great religions and wisdom traditions to grow in knowledge, thrive in spirit, and unite in solutions. We prepare masters and doctoral-level students for academia, for service, for leadership. We advocate for a more just and compassionate world and for the care of the planet. We serve as a resource for our community, the nation, and the world. We seek partners of spirit and intellect--open, innovative, inspired--to share our mission.

We are seeking the next GTU president…

  • one who promotes innovative change and inspires new paradigms
  • one with an entrepreneurial spirit and attested financial management skill
  • one who has a profound appreciation for the academic enterprise
  • one who has an awareness of the religious and interreligious landscape, with a particular appreciation for the global diversity that entails
  • one with a demonstrated capacity to expand the reach of fund development
  • one who promotes expanding both the enrollment of and career opportunities for our students
  • a collaborative leader and an excellent listener
  • a strategic, visionary, and optimistic individual
  • one with a terminal degree.

We will greatly value those who are candid about their strengths and vulnerabilities, who have an articulated spiritual practice, and who possess a curious, creative, and service-oriented perspective.

The GTU is at a pivot point: We are seeking a wise and impassioned individual to decisively lead us into a deeper engagement with the work we are called to in a strengthened GTU.

Application Process: A letter of interest, CV, and the names of three professional references should be submitted to the Chair, Presidential Search Committee, c/o The Office of the President, Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley CA 94709, or by email to Chair, Presidential Search Committee (

Review of applications began on March 7, 2018. The committee is not soliciting additional applicants at this time. 

More from the Presidential Search Committee

Contact the Search Committee

For additional information regarding the GTU Presidential Search, contact: 

William D. Glenn
Chair, GTU Presidential Search Committee
c/o The Office of the President
2400 Ridge Rd.
Berkeley, CA 94709