The Holy Eucharist and the Installation of the Dean of The School of Theology was held under a clear blue sky in All Saints’ Chapel on Oct. 31, 2012. The procession into the chapel included the chancellor and vice-chancellor, bishops, trustees and regents, University faculty, seminarians, staff, and many guests and friends of the University and the School.
The Rt. Rev. Samuel Johnson Howard, chancellor of the University of the South, was the service’s celebrant and preacher. During his sermon, he spoke of the gratitude he felt that Alexander had been called to the position of dean and that he had accepted that call. He said, "God has called a great man and a good friend to be dean.”
Referring to the ever changing landscape of today, he stated that "the foundation of all that we are about as a School of Theology and a University is Jesus Christ." While there will be differences in approach, and what is built may change, all is built on that foundation. He also noted that the School is unequaled in the richness of its treasures, citing the Gospel reading for the day — the parable of the net, and that it has always sought the great Anglican middle way.
Alexander was then presented by the Rt. Rev. John C. Bauerschmidt, bishop of Tennessee, and installed as dean by Vice-Chancellor John McCardell.
A reception at Convocation Hall followed the service.
You can watch the video of the service here.