Video produced by the Office of Communications and Seminary Relations. Videography and production by Steven Clark of Global Media Group.


As The Rev. Dr. Dean K. Thompson nears the conclusion of his tenure as President of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, a season of tribute has resulted in nearly $1 million for student scholarships and financial support in Thompson’s honor.

Dr. Thompson, who will retire from the Presidency of Louisville Seminary on August 31, 2010, began his ministry at the Seminary in 2004. Over the past six months, and particularly at events held in April, several of the Seminary’s major constituent groups have recognized the highlights of Thompson’s presidency and how he has helped to renew and strengthen Louisville Seminary for the future.

This video, which includes tributes by students, faculty, employees and friends, was presented during an evening of appreciation for Seminary supporters and stewards, held April 16, 2010, at historic Gardencourt, on the campus of Louisville Seminary. The tributes also included a series of gifts in the amount of $950,000 presented to Louisville Seminary to honor President Thompson and Rebecca Thompson: Renewal of the Arnold O. Schaap Scholarships for Excellence Program; Establishment of the Dean K. and Rebecca M. Thompson Scholarship for Excellence Endowment; and Establishment of the Dean K. Thompson Prize in Practical Theology Endowment.

As the video illustrates, some of the more significant markers attributed to Thompson’s leadership include the revitalization of student recruitment, with the largest entering class in nearly a decade arriving in the Fall of 2009; faculty development, in which five new full-time professors – nearly one quarter of the faculty – have been called and are diversifying the racial ethnic heritage of the faculty; trustee development that has welcomed 24 new trustees from across the nation to the Board of Trustees; enhancing the visibility of the Seminary through more than 650 visits to 450 constituents or groups, including 250 congregational visits; and expanding the Seminary’s welcome through gracious hospitality in the President’s Home, a ministry Thompson has shared with his spouse, Rebecca Thompson.

“Perhaps one lasting legacy will be Dr. Thompson’s passion for students and scholarships, which are transforming our achievements in recruiting and in preparing pastoral leaders for the world,” said Seminary Trustee Anna B. James.

Within six years, Louisville Seminary has provided $4.1 million in student aid, including scholarships. “We have been able to raise $2.9 million in Scholarships for Excellence, which has supported 194 scholarships over the past six years,” James reported, adding that six new fully endowed Scholarships for Excellence have been established, along with five partially endowed scholarships.

“This coming fall, a total of 31 Scholarships for Excellence will be awarded in the amount of $519,000,” James said. In comparison, she said that in 2003, Louisville Seminary was able to award only seven scholarships, valued at $102,000.

As he expressed gratitude for the evening of tribute, Dr. Thompson said that his presidential successor “will be blessed beyond measure by your own ongoing support, preservation, and vision for Louisville Seminary, under the spiritual guidance of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord and Savior.”

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