May 18, 2009

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Sam Alcorn

LEWISBURG, Pa. – A career Navy chaplain with extensive experience leading a community congregation and participating in international humanitarian efforts will become Bucknell University’s new chaplain on July 13.

The Rev. Thomasina Yuille earned master’s degrees in divinity and sacred theology from the Yale Divinity School, and is a 2009 doctoral candidate at Hartford Seminary, where she has focused on Christian, Islamic and Judaic studies. She retired in 2008 as staff chaplain at the U.S. Naval Submarine School in Groton, Conn., which is the largest fleet school in the Navy and graduates 30,000 officers and enlisted members each year.

Yuille previously completed two deployments in the United Arab Emirates as command chaplain aboard the 900-crew member USS Jason; served on the Chaplain Emergency Response Team at “Ground Zero” after the 2001 terrorist attacks; and organized, recruited and coordinated volunteers working at a humanitarian relief project in Mexico.

Seasoned pastor
“We welcome Reverend Yuille to the Bucknell community,” said Susan Hopp, dean of students, which is the office to which the chaplain reports. “She is an ordained and well-seasoned pastor, counselor, administrator, educator and theologian who has provided a vigorous ministry to young adult populations in diverse, specialized and competitive environments.”

From 1985 to 1988, Yuille served as the first pastor of Ainsworth United Church of Christ in Portland, Ore., where congregations were blended to address drug and crime issues in the Portland community.

Yuille has served in a variety of Navy positions, including reserve chaplain at Swan Island, Ore., from 1986 to 1988; staff chaplain at Portsmouth Naval Hospital from 1988 to 1990; staff chaplain at the Naval Education and Training Center in Illinois; supervisory chaplain in the First Coast Guard District, Boston; chaplain aboard the USS Constitution from 1999 to 2002; and staff chaplain at the Naval Submarine Support Center from 2002 to 2006 before becoming staff chaplain at the Naval Submarine School from 2006 to 2008.

Naval ceremonies
She also has served as religious officiate at numerous Naval ceremonies, including a memorial service for a crew member killed aboard the USS Cole and a convocation for Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients. In addition, Yuille has provided for the spiritual needs of those at disaster response staging areas, including the disaster mortuary at “Ground Zero” in New York City.

Her bachelor’s degree in home economics is from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

The Rev. Timothy Dugan has served as Bucknell's interim University chaplain since August 2008.

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