On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, Fuller Theological Seminary installed Dr. Mari Clements as the sixth dean of the School of Psychology and the first female dean in the seminary's history.
Clements gave an address focused on the biblical concept of “covenant” and a contemporary synonym, commitment. She remarked that our culture lacks a valuing of commitment, but that the Christian life should not be so. When the going gets rough, we are supposed to stick together, work out the kinks, and not give up on each other or the world—to do whatever it takes to make things turn out well.
“We are to be a covenantal people . . . because that's how God is for us,” she said. “It is my privilege and honor to be selected as dean to do what it takes for the School of Psychology and Fuller Theological Seminary.”
Clements has served at Fuller since 2001 as a professor of psychology. Her research has specialized most recently on the impact of marital conflict on family members, especially children. She