Princeton, NJ, July 31, 2013Princeton Seminary welcomes the Reverend Dr. John E. White as the new dean of student life and vice president for student relations, a position he will begin on September 1, 2013. He comes to Princeton from his current position as dean of students and vice president of student services at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.

john white press releaseWhite is not new to Princeton. From 1992 to 2000 he was pastor of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church in Princeton. He also previously served as dean of students and vice president for student services at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Princeton Seminary president Craig Barnes is delighted to welcome Dr. White to his administrative team. “John has a real heart for students,” Barnes said. “He will bring energy and wisdom to our entire Seminary community.” 

A graduate of Pittsburgh Seminary with both the M.Div. and D.Min. degrees, White has served the Presbyterian Church (USA) in many capacities, including as vice moderator of Pittsburgh Presbytery. 

Princeton Seminary, the first theological seminary founded by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), has a student body of more than 500 students in six degree programs. They come from 44 states in the union and from 25 countries around the world. 

The Reverend Dr. Catherine Cook Davis has been promoted to associate dean of student life and director of senior placement, also effective September 1, 2013.