Former Red Cross CEO selected as 2014 Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. Heath Rada has been selected as the Union Presbyterian Seminary Distinguished Alumnus for 2014. Rada retired from the position of CEO of the Greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross where he served as coordinator for the work of that organization in Virginia and the District of Columbia. He also held the positions of interim CEO of Red Cross Chapters in San Diego, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Ft. Worth. Prior to his work with the American Red Cross, Rada served as president of the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) in Richmond.


A 1970 graduate of Union Presbyterian (M.A.), Rada is also a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and North Carolina State University. He has also studied at St. Andrews University and Harvard University.


As an active church member, Rada has served in numerous capacities on the local, presbytery, and national levels of the Presbyterian Church. Currently he serves on the boards of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, the Montreat Conference Center, and the Presbyterian Homes of North Carolina. In 2013 he was endorsed as the first candidate for moderator for the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The election for moderator will take place in Detroit on June 14, 2014 on the first day of the Assembly.


In addition to his church activities, Rada has been an active member of the community. He recently rotated off the board of the National American Red Cross Retiree’s Board and previously served on the Richmond Rotary Club, Sheltering Arms Hospital, Mission Hospital Foundation, Collegiate School, Council for America’s First Freedom, the National Conference for Christians and Jews (NCCJ) boards, among others. He is a published author, a noted speaker, and has been honored numerous times for his contributions.

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