Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond (279848)
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The Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond makes history with her recent appointment as president of the New York Theological Seminary. She is the first woman and first African-American woman to hold the position.

Appointed by the seminary’s board of trustees, Walrond brings more than two decades of leadership in academia and ministry. She will begin her new role as the Seminary’s 12th president on June 3. Officials said Walrond’s appointment marks a new era for the Seminary’s increasingly diverse and multi-faith community. Walrond is mindful of the institution’s tradition and is looking forward to leading it into a new era.

Over the past 10 years, Walrond served as the executive pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem where she focused on administration, ministry development and staff supervision. In that capacity she used educational and organizational strategies to maximize FCBC’s capacity and influence in the church, community and abroad.