2009 Distinguished Alumnus
At Reunion 2009, the Seminary honored Dr. Ronald C. White, Class of 1964, with the Distinguished Alumnus Award. White is nationally recognized as a prominent Lincoln scholar and biographer. His most recent book, A. Lincoln: A Biography, was a New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times best seller and a main selection of The History Book Club.
A scholar of the history of American intellectual and religious life, he is committed to the vital role of faith in American public dialogue, and has lectured at both the White House and the Library of Congress. White has been on the faculties of the University of California at Los Angeles, Whitworth University, Colorado College, Princeton Seminary, and San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS), where he was professor of American religious history.
The award recognized his scholarship and also the many contributions he has made to theological education and to the church, including his work as former director of PTS’s Department of Continuing Education, his leadership as dean of SFTS, and his ministry at the First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs and in college chaplaincy at Princeton University, Rider University, and Whitworth University.