Rev. Dr. Javier Viera
Noted for his experience as a minister and administrator and recognized for his global vision and record of strategic relationship building, The Rev. Dr. Javier Viera has served as Dean of Drew Theological School in Madison, N.J. since 2014. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Viera holds advanced degrees from Duke, Yale and Columbia. An elder of The United Methodist Church, Viera has spearheaded efforts to form partnerships with the Methodist Church in Colombia, promoting economic development projects and cross-cultural efforts to build health clinics, churches and job training centers. Known as a bridge builder between the church and higher education, Viera has also served on the governing boards of two university-based divinity schools, at Yale and Duke.