Regis College has announced the appointment of Sister Susan K. Wood, PhD, as the college’s first female academic dean, effective Aug. 1, 2019.

Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in the Kansas City area, Sister Susan, a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL), earned an MA in French from Middlebury College, Vt., and completed her religious studies PhD in systematic theology at Marquette University, Milwaukee. She served as professor of theology and associate dean at the School of Theology, Saint John’s University, in Collegeville, Minn., before returning in 2005 to Marquette, where she currently serves as professor of theology and chair of the department of theology. An active ecumenist, Sister Susan participates in both national and international official dialogues with Lutherans, Baptists and Orthodox, and serves on the editorial board of the journal Ecclesiology.

Having spent the past 14 years at Marquette, eight of them as department chair, Sister Susan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Regis College, University of Toronto’s (UofT) Jesuit graduate school of theology and one of seven English-language Jesuit schools of theology in the world. With academic expertise in ecumenism, ecclesiology, sacramental theology, and the work of Henri de Lubac, she is particularly drawn to the theological and pastoral outlook of Pope Francis with its strong focus on contemporary ecumenical conversation, church unity, and the church’s role in the world. She sees the UofT as an ideal setting to explore these areas: “The (UofT) is a world-class research institution with a richness of resources, including a phenomenal library system and the faith-based curriculum of the Toronto School of Theology member schools within the university,” Sister Susan said. “I am excited to be a part of this environment, which so successfully combines academic rigor, pastoral values, and a strong ecumenical focus.”

“Sister Susan Wood’s appointment brings a very valuable new addition to Regis,” said Regis College President Thomas Worcester, SJ. “Her areas of research are critical to a full understanding of the role of the Church in today’s world, and her presence will do much to enhance our profile in many areas. We are eager for her arrival!”

Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2020, Regis is one of the seven founding institutions of the Toronto School of Theology.