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President-Dean’s Biography

Dr. Albert D. Mosley

Albert D. Mosley currently serves as the 15th President of Gammon Theological Seminary, the United Methodist constituent member of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, GA.  Founded in 1883, Gammon/ITC is a fully accredited, co-educational, professional graduate school of theology that offers a variety of master and doctoral level degrees.  Since his arrival at Gammon in January of 2011, Dr. Mosley has provided the school with exceptional leadership, and has specifically accomplished the following:

  • Developed and implemented an Enrollment Enhancement and Retention Plan that has led to an increase in enrollment by over 50%, and an increase in the retention rate from a decade-long low of 60% to 85%.
  • Raised considerable resources for scholarship assistance to students, including a very recent contribution of $100,000 from Gammon/ITC alum Ambassador Charles Stith (former Ambassador to Tanzania under the Clinton Administration).
  • Established the Merit Scholars Program, a bold and new initiative aimed at attracting the best and brightest students to Gammon/ITC by providing them with full-tuition scholarships. It is Gammon/ITC’s desire, through the Merit Scholars Program, to provide the church and society with the next generation of called and principled leaders who will exhibit a lifelong desire for intellectual growth and spiritual development.
  • Secured a significant grant from the General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church that led to the creation of the Gammon Center for the Study of Religion and Race.  This Center enables Gammon to continue its historic emphasis upon addressing issues of cultural competency, advocacy, and education in areas that further racial justice and equity.
  • Created a campus-wide master improvement plan that has led to significant renovations and upgrades in existing facilities.

In addition to his leadership at Gammon/ITC, Dr. Mosley serves the larger church as a member of the University Senate of the United Methodist Church and the Commission for the Study of Ministry. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer in many of the denomination’s leading pulpits and institutions of higher learning.

Prior to being named the President of Gammon/ITC, Dr. Mosley served as the University Chaplain and Director of the Bunting-Myerhoff Interfaith and Community Service Center of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore,MD.  In this capacity, he provided spiritual and pastoral leadership to the entire Johns Hopkins University community, including students, faculty, staff and alumni.  Additionally, he directed the Campus Ministries Department and chaired the Campus Ministry Advisory Board (20+ religious and faith leaders who work on the JHU campus).  Mosley’s service to the larger University community included serving as a member of the University Retention Task Force, the President’s Working Group on International Experiential Education, the Council of Homewood Advisors (the University’s senior academic and student affairs policy-making body), and the Undergraduate Affairs Council.  Additionally, he initiated and led a University-wide conversation series on race (Race Matters) and reinvigorated the University’s Muslim-Jewish Dialogue.

Before assuming the role of University Chaplain and Director of the Bunting-Meyerhoff Center at The Johns Hopkins University, Mosley served as a Senior Pastor in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.   His keen leadership abilities and skills led to a massive rebuilding process, and the development of the following programmatic ministries: 1) a community-based elementary school serving at-risk and inner city populations; 2) a community education program that offers free computer training courses, health/nutrition courses, and a variety of spiritual life studies; 3) relief trips to Katrina devastated communities on the Gulf Coast; 4) the Black College Tours (personally led by Mosley), which is a series of free tours and visits to historically black colleges and universities for neighborhood high school students; and 5) health fairs with free vaccinations for senior citizens, infants, and others who cannot afford necessary vaccinations.

Concurrent with his service in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Mosley served as Assistant, and later, Interim Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Drexel University(Philadelphia,PA).  During his time there, Drexel’s Center for Civic Engagement received national recognition from the President of the United States as it was admitted to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Also, during his time at Drexel’s Center for Civic Engagement, the institution received recognition from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Mosley’s previous appointments have included being Chaplain and Director of Multi-Faith Studies at United Methodist-related Albright College in Reading,PA.Before joining the faculty of Albright College, he held the position of Assistant Dean & Director of Religious Life at Duke University.  In his capacity at Duke, he provided oversight and leadership for a university department that included over 25 chaplains and officially recognized religious life groups.

Dr. Mosley was born and raised in rural Mississippi.  He has attended two United Methodist-related institutions (Millsaps College and Duke University), and has attended Yale University Divinity School and Fordham University.  He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Bishop’s Medal given by the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church for meritorious service to church and society.  Mosley is also the recipient of the William J. Griffith Distinguished University Service Award given by Duke University, and the Distinguished Preaching Award given by the Divinity School at Duke University.

Dr. Mosley is married to the former Dr. Syreeta McTavous, a native of Philadelphia,PA and a dentist by profession.  Together, they have three children: Avery (14), Todd (13), and Addison (11).