The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South

The Dean

The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander

Dean of the School of Theology, Professor of Liturgy, Charles Todd Quintard Professor of Dogmatic Theology

B.A., Moravian College, M.M., University of South Carolina, M.Div., Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary , Th.D., D.D., The General Theological Seminary, D.D., The University of the South

The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander

The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, Th.D, D.D., was appointed dean of The School of Theology on June 26, 2012. From 2009 to 2012, Alexander served as counselor and advisor to the vice-chancellor and the Board of Regents as the University chancellor. 

Alexander has had a long-standing relationship with Sewanee and The School of Theology. He began as a sabbatical replacement for the Rev. Dr. Marion Hatchett, professor of liturgics and music, in the early 1980s. He later joined the faculty in 1997 teaching liturgics and homiletics and was the first Norma and Olan Mills Professor of Divinity.

In March 2001, Alexander was elected the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta and was ordained and installed on July 7, 2001, at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, Ga. During his time as bishop, he focused on growing new congregations and ministries and developing an efficient communication strategy for the diocese. He led multiple pilgrimages and mission trips to dioceses in Africa and South America and placed a special focus on relationships with global-south dioceses. In February 2011 he announced plans to leave the office of diocesan bishop in October 2012.

Alexander has served in a variety of parish settings and taught at the General Theological Seminary, Yale University, Drew University, and Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. He has been a board member of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation and a faculty member and chaplain of the Preaching Excellence Conference of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation. He is the president of the Board of Directors of the College for Bishops. He serves as a member of the board of the Archives of the Episcopal Church.

Alexander is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Moravian College, and the University of South Carolina. He earned a master of divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and a doctor of theology in liturgics from The General Theological Seminary.  He is the recipient of two honorary doctorates.

Alexander is the author of numerous publications in the fields of liturgics, homiletics, sacramental theology, and pastoral practice. 

Email: deansot@sewanee.edu