Introducing Dr. Kenneth L. Parker as New Interim Executive Director
The National Institute for Newman Studies (NINS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Kenneth L. Parker as Interim Executive Director, from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017. Dr. Parker has taken a leave-of-absence from Saint Louis University, where he is the Clarence Louis and Helen Irene Steber Professor in Theological Studies. He has already assumed part time duties at NINS as executive director, and has been assisting the board and the staff in current management and future planning for the institute. Professor Parker is a Newman scholar respected across both the national and international academy. He has published and lectured widely, mentored many graduate students, and directed numerous PhD dissertations in the field of Newman Studies, as well as early modern Christianity and twentieth-century Catholic theology. We are grateful for his willingness to undertake this role.
As Interim Executive Director, Professor Parker will oversee the completion of the digitization of Newman’s Birmingham Oratory Archives, the most ambitious and important contribution to the field of Newman Studies NINS has undertaken. In addition, he will be responsible for the publication of the Newman Studies Journal, and the continuation of the Newman Scholars Program. As the NINS liaison with Duquesne University, Professor Parker will work to strengthen the affiliation of these two institutions as they jointly seek to promote Newman Studies locally, nationally, and internationally.
The National Institute for Newman Studies is a non-profit organization, affiliated with Duquesne University, which provides resources for scholars dedicated to promoting the study of Newman’s life, influence, and work. As a private research library, NINS maintains the most comprehensive and accessible collection of Newman-related texts in both print and digital formats in North America, and provides Newman scholars with the most advanced academic tools for their work.