Itihari Y. Toure

About Itihari Y. Toure

Dr. Toure’s career spans all levels of education, from pre-school to higher education with a special focus on theological education. Her work in education and developing educational institutions in both the community and the church has resulted in the formation of seven independent Black schools, African centered Christian Education curricula, programs in higher education for Black women seminarians and clergy women and the significance of “sacred memory” (Sankofa) as a transformative element in Spirit Work. Dr. Toure’s most recent projects included work in curriculum and evaluation for several initiatives funded by the Lilly Endowment. Her work has supported the integration of a culturally responsive approach to addressing call and vocation, congregational work, and ministerial excellence. Dr. Toure also has a long association with the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference Inc. (“SDPC”) and she will provide assistance in the development of curriculum and programming related to the recently launched Center for Reparatory Justice, Transformation, and Remediation, a joint venture established by McCormick and SDPC directed and led by Dr. Iva Carruthers, General Secretary of SDPC. Dr. Toure comes to McCormick Theological Seminary after completing her nine-year tenure at the Interdenominational Theological Center where she initiated and directed the Sankofa Center for Data Evaluation and Quality Enhancement. Dr. Toure is an ordained Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and previously served as the Educational Director of First African Presbyterian Church in Lithonia, GA. She has served as an Accreditation Liaison with the main accrediting agency in the southeast, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission.

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