Anne Anderson CSJ, received a Distinguished Service Award at the biennial meetings of the Association of Theology Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada. ATS is the Toronto School of Theology's accrediting body and celebrated its 100th year during the meetings. The Distinguished Service Award is a recognition of those in the Association who have given tremendous service to ATS and to theological education.
Sr. Anne has been a leader in Canadian and Catholic theological education and religious life. She is a former president (2008–2015) of the University of St. Michael’s College, being the first woman to hold that office. She is also a former dean (2001–2008) of TST's member school, the University of St. Michael’s College, Faculty of Theology. Again, the first woman to hold that position. Sr. Anne is the Chair of the Board of St. Joseph’s Health System in Hamilton, Ontario, and her work to foster Jewish-Christian relationships is well-known within Canada and Israel.
Sr. Anne’s contributions to the work of ATS have included serving as chair and vice chair of the Board of Commissioners, serving on the Audit and Personnel Committees, serving as chair of committees to assess educational effectiveness and the Task Force on BTh and non-baccalaureate credentialed students, and serving on at least 18 evaluation committees, the majority of them as chair. Her chapter on “Fulcrum Leadership and the Varied Dimensions of Governance” in C(H)AOS Theory: Reflections of Chief Academic Officers in Theological Education continues to be a guide for other deans.
Congratulations, Sr. Anne!