It is such a pleasure and privilege to be back at AST as the school's ninth president and first alumnus (MDiv '04) to hold this office. As an AST student, I gained a rich education in how to live out faithful leadership. I found the diverse ecumenical community at AST both challenging and supportive, and I made friends and colleagues for life. And in all of this, I had a life-changing experience of the Divine.
My time at AST was transformative; what I learned and experienced here has been invaluable in every role I have taken up since graduation. Indeed this school has transformed the lives of thousands of students who have studied at AST from across Canada and beyond.
The quality of our faculty and academic programs are recognized nationally and internationally. Our library - the largest of its kind east of Montreal - is an amazing resource. The personal attention and experience of community that our students can count on is, I think, unique.
Is it any wonder I am so thrilled to be here again?
If you are a prospective student, please know that we welcome your inquiry and would love to tell you more about AST. Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a current student and we haven't met, I would welcome the chance to introduce myself in person. If you are on campus, I invite you to drop by my office.
And if you, like me, have a warm place in your heart for AST, I encourage you to tell a friend - or two - about us!
AST's new president was formally installed at a special matriculation service in September 2015. Remarks from the President (pdf) from the service.
From time to time, The Rev. Bennet is asked to speak at church services and various gatherings.