Welcome WU's new interim associate chaplain

Contact: Karen Wood

Rev. Dr. Clemette Haskins is here for you.

The Office of the Chaplain is delighted to welcome the Rev. Dr. Clemette Haskins, who will be providing chaplaincy services for the rest of this academic year, while chaplain Karen Wood devotes more time to advancing EDI projects and searching for the next chief diversity officer. Dr. Haskins will be with us half-time.

Clemette received her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Western Kentucky University, Master of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Presidential Scholar) and Doctor of Philosophy from Claremont School of Theology. Her doctoral thesis explored the interplay between Womanist spirituality and sports.

Dr. Haskins has served as a congregational pastor and is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Prior to her theological pursuits, Clemette was the Division I head women’s basketball coach at the University of Dayton and was an assistant women’s basketball coach at the University of Arizona, University of Minnesota and University of St. Thomas. Her basketball career includes being named a three-time All-American at Western Kentucky University where her jersey is retired in Diddle Arena.

Clemette is a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef yet cites her southern roots as the basis for her love and marrying of food, radical hospitality and kinship, first experienced at the apron strings of her grandmothers. She enjoys travel, adventures, art, wine, food explorations and laughing with friends. She has a deep connection to beauty and nature that bend her toward awe and curiosity.

Dr. Haskins' work will include meeting with students, staff and faculty for pastoral support, strengthening the growing ties between Claremont School of Theology and Willamette, and providing resources for spiritual connection and growth across the university. You can contact her at chaskins@willamette.edu. Her office is on UC2, and she is available to meet via zoom with you. Please reach out to her.

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