Rachel Christine Bauer Eskite, T’22, was named the recipient of this year’s Woods Leadership Award, presented annually to a middler seminarian who has successfully assumed a leadership role in the class during their junior year. The award was announced by the Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, dean of the School of Theology, and presented by the University’s Vice-Chancellor John McCardell during the 2019 DuBose Lectures dinner.
“I am honored and incredibly grateful to the dean and faculty of the School of Theology for naming me the recipient of the Woods Leadership Award. I am indebted to the fellowship I receive from my classmates and to the love and support I have received from the Diocese of Virginia, especially from my sending parish, All Souls Episcopal Church. Lastly, I am thankful to the Woods’ family for their on-going commitment and support of seminarians.”
Eskite hails from the Diocese of Virginia where she grew up and ran her first marathon. Rachel attended Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, where she studied history and psychology with additional interest in African American and gender studies. After college, Eskite was a call specialist at the Crisis and Suicide Hotline in Frederick County, pursued graduate work in philosophy and literature, and taught yoga. Eskite is a sacristan in the Chapel of the Apostles, a member of the seminary choir, and a research assistant for Dr. Paul Holloway.
The Woods Award defines leadership as the ability to bring people together into a cooperative community to accomplish assigned tasks and to identify and implement strategies, goals, and programs. Established by Granville Cecil Woods and James Albert Woods, the award recognizes students of the School of Theology who make a significant contribution to the quality of the community’s life.
The awards’ recipient is decided by the dean and faculty of the School of Theology.