Rev. Dr. Marvin M. Ellison ’81 Announces June 30 Retirement from Union Theological Seminary

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Respected Director of Alumni/ae Relations to be Succeeded by Rev. Emily E. Odom ‘90
New York City, NY — The Rev. Dr. Marvin M. Ellison, director of alumni/ae relations for Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, has announced that he plans to retire from that position — which has held since 2013 — effective June 30.
Over the past three and a half years, Ellison has been largely responsible for launching a national alumni/ae chapter program that has served to connect and engage alumni/ae in the life of the Seminary. In this important role, he has also staffed the Seminary’s Alumni/ae Council in its mission to support and promote Union’s mission.
Rev. Dr. Marvin M. Ellison ’81
“I am thankful to have worked as a member of Union’s outstanding Development Office staff and alongside our Alumni/ae Council,” says Ellison. “I’m heartened by the many ways in which the Council plays an incredibly important role in supporting Union’s mission and in engaging other alums both to ‘go back’ and ‘give back’ to our beloved seminary.  I trust that the Council’s good work will continue under new leadership.”
After earning a B.A. in religion from Davidson College, an M.A. in religion and society from the University of Chicago Divinity School, and a Ph.D. at Union, Ellison was invited to join the faculty of the Bangor (Maine) Theological Seminary in 1981, as the Willard S. Bass Professor of Christian Ethics. Over the years he lectured widely on ethical issues related to human sexuality, health care, and economic justice and published essays

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