Newsmaker: The Rev. R. Drew Smith
Noteworthy: The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary named Smith as its professor of urban ministry after a 2 1⁄2-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.
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.”