For its 2017 graduation ceremonies, the school selected guest speaker Dr. Judy Fentress-Williams, who serves as a professor of Old Testament studies at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) in Alexandria. VTS is among the leading institutions of higher education in the Episcopal tradition.
Dr. Fentress-Williams has published widely in her field. Her list of credits includes a commentary on the Book of Ruth in the Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries series. In addition, she co-edited the CEB Women’s Bible and contributed an article on the Book of Esther to the Fortress Commentary on the Bible: Old Testament and Apocrypha.
A scholar in Hebrew Biblical studies, Dr. Fentress-Williams earned her doctorate at Yale University.