Atlanta Mayor Dickens to Speak at Convocation Aug. 25

August 2, 2022

Candler School of Theology will open the 2022-2023 academic year with a fall convocation service on Thursday, August 25, at 11:05 a.m. EDT in Cannon Chapel. The service will also be live streamed on Facebook and the Candler website, and available to view afterwards on Vimeo.

Two faculty members will be officially installed in chaired professorships: Musa W. Dube as William Ragsdale Cannon Distinguished Professor of New Testament, and Ted A. Smith as Charles Howard Candler Professor of Divinity.

Mayor Andre DickensAndre Dickens, 61st Mayor of the City of Atlanta, will give the convocation address. An Atlanta native, Dickens is an ordained deacon at New Horizons Baptist Church. He is a graduate of Mays High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech, as well as an MPA from Georgia State University.

Prior to becoming mayor in January 2022, Dickens served as a city councilmember; an entrepreneur in both private and nonprofit sectors; and a leader in Atlanta’s tech sector, including as CDO of TechBridge, a nonprofit that drives community impact by bringing affordable technology and business expertise to other nonprofit organizations.

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