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John E. White Named Dean of Students, VP for Student Services


Decatur, GA.—John E. White has been named dean of students and vice president of student services at Columbia Theological Seminary. His appointment was approved by the Board of Trustees on October 4. He will begin work on January 2, 2006, overseeing Columbia’s student services, admissions, and financial aid programs. White is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and comes to Columbia from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where he has been dean of students for the past five years. He also served as Pittsburgh’s director of admissions from 1980-1988. From 1988 to 1992, he was pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, in St. Petersburg, FL. From 1992 until he became dean at Pittsburgh, he was pastor of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, in Princeton, NJ. During this time, he was an instructor in ministerial studies and served as a field education supervisor for Princeton Theological Seminary. White has long been involved in the larger church. During his time as a pastor in Florida, he was elected Moderator of the Presbytery of Tampa Bay, where he also served on the Committee on Ministry. He served on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry in two presbyteries, and on three occasions was a commissioner to the General Assembly. Additionally, for three years he served as president of the ecumenical and interfaith ministry of the Princeton Clergy Association. White is a graduate of Geneva College, in Beaver Falls, PA, and received the Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where he is now a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree. His wife, Alicia, is a Presbyterian elder who is employed by the Bank of America. Columbia’s president, Laura Mendenhall, says, “We are so truly grateful that John White has accepted a call to continue his ministry in theological education at Columbia. His years of experience as an administrator in our sister seminary and as a pastor in congregations will strengthen our ability to fulfill the mission of Columbia Theological Seminary, preparing pastors and leaders for Christ’s ministry today and tomorrow. We are thankful for the particular gifts John and Alicia bring to our community at this time. May God bless their leadership among us.” Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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