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Dean White Accepts Call to Princeton


Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students John White has announced that he has accepted a call as Dean of Students for Princeton Theological Seminary starting in September.   

“John has been such a valued member of this community and our administrative team,” stated President Steve Hayner in a memo to the campus. “I deeply appreciate his amazing connection with so many students, his unflappable spirit, and his organizational wisdom.”  

As Dean of Students, Dr. White has overseen a wide variety of student services since coming to Columbia Seminary in January 2006 including admissions, financial aid, chapel services, student government, MCA's, student orientation, and more. The Dean has also taught Presbyterian polity, has helped many prepare for their ordination exams, and then find their first post-seminary call.  

Dr. White accepted the invitation to serve as Dean of Students at Princeton Theological Seminary starting September 3.  He previously served the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church in Princeton as their pastor throughout most of the 1990's.  

Discussions surrounding the transition are in progress and a farewell event will be planned soon. Students and alumni/ae are encouraged to send the Dean a note of appreciation for the many ways that he has served us all.   Columbia Theological Seminary shares a commitment of "educating imaginative, resilient leaders for God's changing world." As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers seven graduate degree programs and dozens of lifelong learning courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people.

Michael Thompson
Director of Communications

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