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Wake Forest chaplain, Wofford graduate to address opening convocation Sept. 6

Friday, September 02, 2005

SPARTNABURG, S.C. -- Wake Forest University chaplain, the Rev. Timothy L. Auman, a 1980 graduate of Wofford College, will be the featured speaker at the college’s opening convocation, set for Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m.

The convocation, to be held in Benjamin Johnson Arena, is free and open to the public.

It is the first official gathering of the Wofford College community for the fall semester. The faculty will be in full academic regalia and will formally process into the event. New faculty will be introduced, and Dr. Benjamin B. Dunlap, president of the college, will welcome the students. Hugh C. Lane Jr., vice president of the Wofford board of trustees, will introduce the speaker.

Auman, a native of California, grew up in North Carolina. After earning his bachelor’s degree in religion at Wofford, he attended Duke Divinity School, where he earned his M.Div. degree in 1983.

Joining the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, Auman began his ministerial career in Charlotte in 1983. He then served as a Methodist-Presbyterian campus minister at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Later, he was the senior minister at the Oakview United Methodist Church in High Point, N.C.

In 1998, Auman joined the campus ministry staff of Wake Forest University. He also served as an adjunct spiritual director at Trinity Center in Winston-Salem and facilitated a community service course at Salem College. After being honored as the national United Methodist campus minister of the year in 2001, he was appointed two years later as the Wake Forest University chaplain, a position that previously had been held by Baptists. He also was recognized in 2003-04 as administrator of the year at Wake Forest.

Earlier this year, Auman was honored with an at-large appointment to the North Carolina State Commission on Campus Ministry. He also made his profession as a member of the Anglican/Episcopal Society of Saint Frances, the Third Order, Province of the Americas.

Auman’s primary fields of interest are spirituality and nonviolence, creating an interfaith/interreligious community, vocational discernment, and domestic monasticism.