Reverend Marie Carmel Chery
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Voorhees University takes immense pride in announcing the appointment of Reverend Marie-Carmel Chery as the new Dean of the Chapel & Spiritual Engagement, as well as the Vicar of St. Phillips Chapel. In addition to these significant roles, Reverend Chery will hold the esteemed position of Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at the university.

A distinguished graduate of the Episcopal University of Haiti, Reverend Chery holds a Bachelor of Religious Science and possesses a diploma from the prestigious Episcopal Theological Seminary in Port-au-Prince. With a profound dedication to her faith, she has spent her life within the Episcopal community. Growing up in Haiti, Dean Chery’s journey has seen her serving as a priest in various parishes across Jeremie, Cap-Haitian, and Leogane. Her commitment to her calling has extended to roles such as Chaplain, and she has significantly contributed to the Episcopal Nursing School in Leogane as a faculty member.

In her capacity as Dean of the Chapel & Spiritual Engagement, Reverend Chery fully embraces the core mission of Voorhees University. The university’s mission is centered on the cultivation of highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith, fostering a pursuit of lifelong learning, promoting healthy living, contributing to societal betterment, and nurturing an abiding faith in God.

Voorhees University President Dr. Ronnie Hopkins is happy to welcome the new dean. “We are excited to welcome Dean Chery to Voorhees University,” he said.”  He noted that her rich background, unwavering commitment, and extensive experience make her an outstanding addition to the Voorhees community.  “Her leadership is set to provide invaluable guidance, inspiration, and spiritual direction to the university’s diverse student body, faculty, and staff. With her strong academic foundation and deep-rooted faith, Reverend Chery is poised to foster an environment where intellectual growth and spiritual development harmoniously converge,” he added.

Voorhees University looks forward to the positive impact that Reverend Chery will undoubtedly bring to the institution and the broader community. Her appointment reinforces Voorhees’ commitment to providing a holistic education that nurtures the mind, body, and spirit.

About Voorhees University

Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility and #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at


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