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Doug Taylor Named Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Columbia Theological Seminary


Decatur, GA. The Board of Trustees of Columbia Theological Seminary has approved the appointment of Doug Taylor as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Mr. Taylor comes to Columbia from Seattle Pacific University, a Christian institution with a current enrollment of approximately 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students, in Seattle, WA.

Mr. Taylor had been Senior Major Gifts Officer at Seattle Pacific since 2009. He had served there as Director of Alumni Relations from 1996-2009, returning to Seattle from Madison, WI, where he had worked for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He has also run a small manufacturing plant with 50 employees and has been a sales representative for manufacturers of medical and surgical supplies. 

Mr. Taylor and his wife, Jean, have three children, Maggie (13), Fiona (11), and Logan (8).  They have been active members at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle for 15 years, where he chaired the Development Committee. For the past three years, he has been a teaching leader for the interdenominational, multi-ethnic Seattle Downtown Men's Bible Study Fellowship.  

“I have personally known Doug since his college years in the 1980s,” says Columbia’s president, Steve Hayner. “He is a wonderfully relational, committed, curious, entrepreneurial person with a keen ability to cross cultural boundaries. He comes to us with a deep sense of call to Columbia and to this position. He will be an excellent addition to our administrative team.”

Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The seminary offers seven graduate degree programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Master of Arts in Practical Theology, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Educational Ministry, and Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling. Currently 421 students are enrolled, representing 30 denominations, 34 states, and 10 countries. For more information, visit    

Michael Thompson
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