On Aug. 19, 2019, the Board of MHA approved Lori Rowlett’s nomination to the position of Secretary. At the time we had our hands full and only issued a brief announcement. That’s something we’ve been meaning to fix. Everybody deserves their day in the sun.
Lori Rowlett is MHA’s fourth secretary. She replaces Romy Aguilar, who left in June. Before that, Tom Dennis stoically served a two year stint. If we’re to believe the annals, I was the very first scribe to labor on behalf of MHA. This was many moons ago.
Lori was one of the first people I met after becoming MHA President back in February. She arrived straight from Texas, looking for trouble to find. So she found us. Lori quickly became a regular fixture at MHA events, gracing conversations with her intellect and wit! Following the resignations, Lori was the first person I thought to call. She was also the first to accept the surprise job offer. That meant a lot to me.
What can I tell you about Lori? For starters, she’s a retired Religious Studies professor. Though a native Texan, her academic berth for years was the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. Long before that, she had earned a Master in Theological Studies from Southern Methodist College. Pausing for breath, she leapfrogged the Atlantic to snatch a PhD from Cambridge. Yes, that Cambridge!
Long ago she wrote a book with a lengthy title. Joshua and the Rhetoric of Violence: A New Historicist Analysis. It failed to make The New York Times’s best-seller list. Or any other list for that matter. But it’s out there and ready to purchase, if you’re so inclined.
Besides being an authority on this angry dude named Joshua, Lori has also been a vocal champion of feminism. She is a member of the National Organization of Women, the American Association of University Women, and the National Women’s Studies Association.
What else can I say about Lori? She drives a bright red Mustang convertible. Her apartment has a sheer modernist aesthetic. She is an accomplished photographer with a keen eye for detail. An audiophile, she goes gaga for Queen, rhapsodizing at length for Freddie Mercury. Above all she is thoughtful and considerate, always a pleasure to work with. MHA is proud to have her serving on the Board.
Surely there’s more to be said, but I’ll leave it to Lori to fill in the gaps. So now that you know a little more about Lori, let’s give her a warm MHA welcome!