The following announcement was made by the office of the General Secretary today.
The Primate and the General Secretary of the General Synod are pleased to announce, on behalf of the Anglican Church of Canada, that Dr. Holland Lee Hendrix has been appointed Executive Director of Philanthropy.
In making the announcement, Archdeacon Michael Pollesel, the General Secretary, said that “both academically and professionally, Dr. Hendrix has high qualifications with which to face this new challenge.” The new director has a doctorate in theology from Harvard University Divinity School, as well as other degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York, and from Columbia University.
He also brings a wealth of practical experience to the new position of Director of Philanthropy for the Canadian Anglican church, Archdeacon Pollesel added.
He has served as Chief Advancement Officer at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, where he planned and implemented a $125 million financial campaign. As well, Dr. Hendrix served as President of Union Theological Seminary in New York from 1991 to 1998, where he led the institution through a major renewal process. He has also served as president and CEO of Echoing Green Foundation of New York.
The announcement follows a search process that has taken many months. With the assistance of Ketchum Canada Inc., an organization with more than 20 years of experience with non-profit groups and organizations, the process included consultations with more than 40 individuals before a position description was developed reflecting the unique needs of the Anglican Church of Canada. The consultants interviewed bishops, General Synod committee members, representatives from each of the separately incorporated Church House department, some directors and staff.
After interviews with several candidates, the search committee unanimously recommended the appointment of Dr. Hendrix.
Archdeacon Pollesel said “We are very fortunate to have attracted an individual of Dr. Hendrix’s calibre and we feel that he brings to the position all the needed gifts and skills to help The Anglican Church of Canada achieve a level of financial stability that will enable it to carry out the vital mission and ministry to which we are called in this new era.”
Dr. Hendrix, who will begin work in September, is married to Simone Davis, a professor at Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts. They have a university-aged daughter.
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