Sharon Kugler is reappointed as University chaplain

Sharon Kugler has been reappointed as University Chaplain for a five-year term, President Richard C. Levin has announced.

Kugler came to Yale in 2007 and is the University’s seventh chaplain. She previously served since 1993 as the chaplain at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Working together with Yale’s associate chaplains, Chaplain’s Office staff and members of Yale Religious Ministries, she has made a special mission of cultivating an inclusive sense of community within Yale’s religiously plural population.

“Sharon has been instrumental in transforming the role of the chaplain and the chaplaincy,” said Levin in a letter to the Yale community announcing her reappointment. “She has embraced the religious diversity we find at the University, and she has worked to foster a climate of inclusion, understanding, and respect for all. Through programming and dialog, she has brought together Yale faculty, staff, and students of all faiths. Under her guidance and leadership, student groups with differing views have engaged one another and built strong bonds.

“Chaplain Kugler has been a counselor to all — including the students and deans of Yale College, the Graduate School and the professional schools,” Levin continued. “In times of crisis, she has reached out to others as well — especially to parents and family members, exuding a calm and confident presence. She has been so engaged with undergraduates in particular that several residential college masters described her as ‘the 13th master.’”

Most recently, Kugler served as chair of the National Conference Committee that was instrumental in bringing to Yale nearly 450 university chaplains representing 25 countries for the quadrennial Global Conference of Chaplains in Higher Education. The week-long conference explored the theme “Mosaics in Motion: Spiritual Leadership in a Multifaith World.”

Kugler, a Roman Catholic, is past president of both the National Association of College and University Chaplains and the Association of University Religious Affairs.