For Immediate Release
Contact: Holli Emore
February 8, 2012
Cherry Hill Seminary Honors Outgoing and Welcomes Incoming Dean of Students
COLUMBIA, SC — Cherry Hill Seminary has appointed Candace Kant, Ph.D., Dean of Students. Former Dean of Students Maggie Beaumont has been honored by naming her Dean of Students Emerita.
Kant holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in history from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Ph.D. in history from Northern Arizona University. She has taught history, women’s studies, and religious studies courses at the College of Southern Nevada since 1976, including such classes as the History of Witchcraft, Goddess Traditions, Introduction to Modern Paganism, and Modern Pagan Thought, all of which she developed. After 32 years of teaching Candace retired and was awarded the title Emerita. She develops and teaches courses in practical Pagan and Goddess Spirituality at the Temple of Goddess Spirituality dedicated to Sekhmet in Cactus Springs, Nevada, and through College of Southern Nevada Continuing Education. A devotee of Sekhmet, she serves as a priestess at the Temple of Goddess Spirituality and participates in creating and leading rituals there. She is often asked to speak to local groups on the topic of witchcraft and paganism. She is a member of the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada. Goddess history and spirituality are her specialties, and she has served on the faculty of Cherry Hill Seminary for several years. Kant’s responsibilities will include guiding students in their learning path with Cherry Hill Seminary, supporting academic and personal concerns of students, responding to student inquiries, and overseeing student records.
Beaumont’s relationship with Cherry Hill Seminary began with her matriculation as a student in early 2006. By 2008, her experience and acuity had gained the attention of the administration, resulting in the invitation for her to become Dean of Students for the Seminary. In that role, Beaumont has advised students for the past nearly four years, but has also taken an active role in the growth and development of Cherry Hill Seminary programs, particularly the creation of the first student catalog in 2009. Beaumont holds a Master’s degree from the University of Santa Monica.
“Maggie has served selflessly, with integrity, compassion and a deep well of wisdom,” said Holli Emore, Executive Director. “As she retires, it is only fitting that we should recognize her generous contributions. As Dr. Kant begins her duties, we are grateful for the strong collaboration between the outgoing and incoming deans, which will provide the best possible service to our students.”
Cherry Hill Seminary supports individuals in Pagan and other Earth-based spiritualities and their communities by providing an extensive education in diverse aspects of Pagan philosophy, practice, and skilled ministry, Supplementing existing ritual and magical skills with training for professional ministry and counseling, serving as an ongoing resource for individual continuing education, and providing a forum for scholarship and community.
All Cherry Hill Seminary courses are offered online, with periodic conferences in various locations around the United States. For more information, visit www.cherryhillseminary.org, or contact us at CHS@cherryhillseminary.org.