The Rev. Yolanda Rolle has been named the Episcopal chaplain at Howard University, Jason Evans, the diocese’s young adult missioner, announced today. Rolle, who succeeds interim chaplain Andrea Noel, will begin work this summer.
“Yolanda is a gifted educator with an impressive academic background in both teaching and research,” Evans said. “She is also a faithful and promising young priest and we are pleased she will be joining our campus ministry team.”
Rolle is currently a mathematics teacher at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, and a part-time curate at St. Luke’s Church in the District. She earned a Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of Nebraska in 2008, and a Master of Divinity from Yale University last year. She was previously an assistant professor at Boston University and at the College of the Bahamas.
“I am enthusiastic about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work at a historic institution such as Howard University and to build on the work Andrea Noel has done,” Rolle said. “In addition to serving as the primary liaison between our diocese and Howard, I am looking forward to collaborating with a team of dedicated and creative chaplains spanning religious and denominational tradition under the auspices of Howard’s renowned chapel community led by Dean Bernard Richardson.
“I am aware that I have inherited a rich tradition and Anglican community that began with the late Bishop John Burgess, and now continuing with Andrea. I am especially grateful to these chaplains because they have left a dynamic blueprint from which I can continue to build and nurture the community of students, faculty, and staff at Howard.”
The Diocese of Washington sponsors ministries at American, Georgetown and Howard Universities, and at the University of Maryland and St. Mary’s College.