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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Rabbi Serena Fujita, the Jewish chaplain at Bucknell University, has been elected president of the National Association of College and University Chaplains (NACUC) for a one-year term. She succeeds The Rev. Timothy Boddie, Chaplain at Hampton University in Hampton, Va.
Founded in 1948 at Yale University, the National Association of College and University Chaplains has grown from a largely Protestant Christian group at its founding into an intentionally inter-religious organization as the nature of religious work in higher education has changed. NACUC is the national professional organization for clergy and religious affairs administrators employed by colleges and universities.
Rabbi Fujita also is serving on the planning committee for the Global Chaplains Conference to be held in Finland later this year.
Rabbi Fujita joined the Bucknell community in 2000 as Bucknell's first Jewish chaplain to serve full time. During her tenure at Bucknell, she has instituted a series of Jewish heritage trips for students of all faiths to Holocaust sites in Eastern Europe, Russia, Peru and Uruguay.
During her five years of rabbinical training, she served internships in Israel and with the Woodlands Community Temple in White Plains, N.Y., and Temple Beit Shalom in East Liverpool, Ohio.
Prior to her rabbinical study, she was a Montessori teacher and social worker. She holds a bachelor's degree in history and philosophy from Queens College and a master's degree in Hebrew literature from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
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Posted March 7, 2008