Dean of Students Brandon Maxwell Promoted to Vice President for Student Affairs and Community Life

Dean of Students Brandon Maxwell Promoted to Vice President for Student Affairs and Community Life

April 9, 2018—Dr. Leanne Van Dyk, President of Columbia Theological Seminary, has promoted the Rev. Brandon Maxwell to be Vice President for Student Affairs and Community Life, effective immediately.

“Brandon Maxwell has, in his two years here at Columbia Seminary, provided critical leadership on campus in multiple areas,” stated President Van Dyk. “He is highly skilled in the ways he works constructively with students and the community as a whole. This promotion is an appropriate affirmation of his remarkable effectiveness as a leader.”

In addition, Rev. Maxwell, who will continue to serve as the Dean of Students, will also be given greater responsibility to address the needs of the school’s community as the Special Advisor to the President on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.  This is a role that acknowledges his knowledge, skill, and commitment to the seminary’s goals to more fully embody justice at every level of the institution.

The Rev. Maxwell began as Dean of Students in 2016. He holds an MDiv from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, as well as both a BBA in Management and a BA in Religion from Belmont University. In 2012-2013 he was a Lutherischer WeltBund Fellow at Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, Germany where he studied intercultural theology and education.

Columbia Theological Seminary is “Cultivating faithful leaders for God’s changing world.” As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia Seminary is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia Seminary offers six graduate degree programs and dozens of courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people through The Center for Lifelong Learning. For more information, please visit

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