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The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary has named the Rev. R. Drew Smith, 56, of Indianapolis as its professor of urban ministry.
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Noteworthy: The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary named Smith as its professor of urban ministry after a 2 12-year nationwide search. Smith starts on June 1. The seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church, enrolling more than 300 students annually.

Age: 56

Residence: Indianapolis; he will commute to Pittsburgh for the first year.

Family: Wife, Angelique Walker-Smith.

Background: Smith is scholar-in-residence at Morehouse College's Leadership Center in Atlanta and co-convener of the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race. He is the former director of the Center for Church and the Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill.

Education: Bachelor's degree from Indiana University; master of divinity from Yale Divinity School; and master's and doctorate degrees in political science from Yale University.

Quote: “It's an exciting opportunity and will allow me to focus systematically on quite a bit of research and writing that I've been doing on issues related to the church and poverty and the church and new immigrant populations.”

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