As you might know, top Amish scholar Donald Kraybill is retiring (here is a short interview we did with him when the news was announced).

steven-nolt-young-centerIf you’ve been interested in the Amish for any length of time, odds are you have read one of Don’s many books on the Amish and other Anabaptist peoples, or appreciated his other work in the area of Amish studies, such as in the PBS film “The Amish.” His contributions to understanding of the Amish have been great to say the least.

Don’s successor at the Young Center at Elizabethtown College has now been chosen; it will be Steven Nolt, currently of Goshen College, who will take the position of Senior Scholar on July 1. From the news release:

As an author, coauthor and contributor, Nolt has been involved in the writing of 14 books, as well as more than 100 professional articles, book chapters, essays and encyclopedia entries. His books include, “A History of the Amish,” “Seeking Places of Peace: A Global Mennonite History” and, written with Karen Johnson-Weiner and Donald Kraybill, “The Amish,” a definitive study of the group’s contemporary cultural diversity.

“I’m delighted that he is joining the Young Center team,” said Kraybill of his coauthor. “He is the premier social historian of North America’s Amish and Mennonite communities. His presence and scholarship will enhance and upscale the Young Center’s contribution to Anabaptist studies worldwide.”

I know some have been wondering about who will help fill the Kraybill shoes as he shifts into the next act, and I for one am happy to hear that it will be Steven Nolt.