University Chaplain and Jessie Ball duPont Chair of the Chaplaincy Search
In late June, Craig Kocher left the University to become Senior Pastor of Oak Ridge United Methodist Church near Greensboro, North Carolina. The entire University of Richmond community is grateful for Craig's leadership and contributions. His departure from the University of Richmond has occasioned the commencement of a national search for its next University Chaplain and Jessie Ball duPont Chair of the Chaplaincy.
This position reports to the President of the University, with a dotted line report to the Vice President for Student Development. The position is actively integrated into the life of the Student Development division.
The University Chaplain leads a team of 7 professionals and 16 partner campus ministers who provide comprehensive programming for the diverse faiths, beliefs, and traditions represented in our campus community. The Chaplaincy seeks to inspire a vital and diverse campus religious life, to engage the reflective and moral imagination of the University community, and to animate the intersection between academic inquiry and spiritual expression. The Chaplaincy encourages and supports students, faculty, and staff members in their spiritual growth and intellectual exploration of their own traditions and beliefs and in their commitments to ethical and religious actions. The University Chaplain also provides pastoral care and counseling to members of the campus community and alumni.