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John F. Kutsko Named Executive Director of Society of Biblical Literature

4/26/2010

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The Conference of Administrative Officers (CAO) will welcome John F. Kutsko on July 1, 2010, when he succeeds Kent Richards as executive director of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). Kutsko will join SBL from Abingdon Press, the main imprint of The United Methodist Publishing House, where he served as associate publisher and began as director of academic and professional resources in 2003.

Kutsko began his graduate work in Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East at the University of Michigan and completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1997. His revised dissertation was published as Between Heaven and Earth: Divine Presence and Absence in the Book of Ezekiel. He has been active in the SBL publishing program (contributing editor of The SBL Handbook of Style) and the Symposium series, as well as the Career Center Advisory Group, the SBL Forum, and the Ezekiel Seminar. And he has been a faculty mentor for fellows at The Fund for Theological Education, where he has taught a dissertation-writing and publishing workshop for over a decade.

In addition to his academic contributions, John has over 20 years of publishing, leadership, and executive experience. He has worked on projects such as the Anchor Bible Dictionary (Doubleday) and Civilizations of the Ancient Near East (Scribner’s Sons), and he was associate editorial director at Hendrickson Publishers until 2003.

“I am thrilled to serve the members and mission of SBL," Kutsko remarked. "I join a gifted and dedicated staff. I look forward to collaborating with and giving leadership to a scholarly community in ways that enhance and further its teaching and research. I am grateful to follow the remarkable accomplishments of Kent Richards, who is very much the founder of the modern SBL. Kent has digitized, internationalized, and broadened SBL. I’ll bring all my energy to expanding these accomplishments and fostering the future of biblical scholarship.”

The Society of Biblical Literature was founded in 1880 and admitted to ACLS in 1929. For more information, visit www.sbl-site.org.

 

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