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Citadel News Service
11 Jan 2012

Alumnus named interim dean of Washington National Cathedral

The Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade, Citadel Class of 1963, has been selected as the interim dean of the Washington National Cathedral to provide spiritual guidance and support during its search and transition to a new dean.

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Wade, a native of West Virginia, has been an ordained Episcopal priest for 45 years, having served as rector of St. Alban’s Parish on the grounds of the Cathedral from 1983 until his retirement in 2005. He is an adjunct professor at Virginia Theological Seminary, where he earned his master's and doctorate in divinity degrees, and he has also taught at General Theological Seminary. Wade is a noted leader in the Episcopal Church, having served in a variety of roles and committees at the church’s triennial General Convention for which he most recently served as chaplain of the 2009 gathering. 

As a cadet, Wade was an English major and a member of Delta Company.

Wade will serve in this position until a new dean is selected by the Cathedral’s search committee, which hopes to do so by fall 2012.

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