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Yvonne Glass

AU names Yvonne Glass as executive dean of Ashland Theological Seminary

Published on Nov. 15, 2023
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ASHLAND, Ohio – Yvonne Glass has been selected to lead the Ashland Theological Seminary, a graduate division of Ashland University, as its executive dean, effective Nov. 15. Glass had been serving as the interim dean of ATS since June 1.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to express my excitement to have Dr. Glass move into this important leadership role for the Ashland Theological Seminary. We have been blessed by her leadership as the interim dean, and look forward to how God will bless our seminary under her continued leadership,” said Jim Hess, chair of the AU Board of Trustees.

Timothy Solomon, member of the AU Board of Trustees and chair of the seminary committee, added, “The members of the seminary committee are very pleased that Dr. Glass has been named executive dean of Ashland Theological Seminary. It has been our pleasure to work with her over the past few months in her role as interim dean. She has served the seminary with excellence in various leadership roles over the years, and we are certain that she is the right person to lead ATS at this time as we look forward with enthusiasm at what God has in store for us in the months and years ahead.”

Glass has been the director of the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and part of the ATS faculty since 2018. She possesses almost 20 years of clinical experience in various settings, including a school system, private practice and professional advocacy. She believes in incorporating faith into the counseling experience and her studies examine how religiosity positively impacts the daily stressors of life.

“Dr. Glass has proven herself as a compassionate, visionary leader,” stated AU President Carlos Campo. “Her experience, integrity and collaborative, godly approach will help our seminary continue to have a positive impact on the world.”

Glass has experience in counseling children and adolescents, marriage counseling, case conceptualization, supervision, ethics, multicultural counseling, group counseling and diagnosis. She has collaborated with law enforcement, school administration, educators, medical professionals and social service agencies to provide the best possible care for clients.

Glass holds three degrees from Kent State University, a bachelor’s in biology, a master’s in community counseling and a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision.

Glass’ vision for ATS is to continue its legacy of being a place where people begin to answer their call as they learn and also a place of community and a key partner in their spiritual formation. She wants to prepare students to advocate for mental health as a vital component in the success of our society.

"I am humbled, honored and excited to steward ATS as it equips modern-day disciples to become the next generation of Christian leaders," Glass said about her appointment.

The ATS prepares students to be leaders and counselors in a wide variety of ministry and professional settings by offering a range of flexible degree programs. There are eight master’s degree programs to choose from and a doctor of ministry, as well as certificate programs in theological studies. For more information, visit seminary.ashland.edu.

Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.