Princeton Seminary Presidential Search

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An Invitation to Advance the Mission

Princeton Theological Seminary is seeking its next president to lead the institution as it prepares faithful leaders for ministries in congregations and the larger church, the academy, and in the public arena.

A Presbyterian school in the Reformed tradition, Princeton Seminary is an ecumenical, international, and intercultural community that holds Jesus Christ as the center of our life together. The Seminary provides a residential community of worship and learning with a focus on intellectual excellence and emotional, social, and spiritual development. The next president of Princeton Seminary will embrace the institution’s commitment to leading with faith in all areas of life; rigorous theological scholarship; and providing an environment for seminarians to flourish, so they can better serve the church and the world.

The Seminary seeks to be an intersection for the church worldwide and engage Christian faith with intellectual, political, and economic life in pursuit of truth, justice, compassion, and peace.

A Call for a Strategic Leader

This is an exciting time to join Princeton Seminary and the next president will be someone who can work alongside the Seminary community to:

  • Form faithful and effective Christian leaders, equipping a wide variety of people for a wide variety of gospel-informed ministries and missions.
  • Provide theological leadership for the church and the world, serving as a premier theological resource for global Christianity through scholarship, convening, and advanced theological education.
  • Create and embody a community of belonging, building a thriving inclusive Christian community that actualizes the benefits of diversity and unity and transforms its members and, subsequently, the larger world.

Search Committee Members

Michele Minter, Co-chair
Jeff O'Grady, MDiv ’88, Co-chair
Eric Barreto, MDiv ’04, faculty representative
Kenda Creasy Dean, PhD ’97, faculty representative
Gordon Fowler
Nancy Gray
Margaret Kibben, DMin ‘02, MDiv ’86
Hana Kim, ThM ‘05
Jane MacKenzie, MDiv ‘17
Jay Marshall
Wesley Rowell, MDiv ‘23, student representative
Peter Whitelock, DMin ‘03, ThM ’89
Steve Yamaguchi, MDiv ‘88
Michael Fisch, ex officio

Statements and News Releases

  • President Barnes announces plans to retire Read more
  • Princeton Seminary president set to retire in 2023 Read more
  • Board of Trustees elects presidential search committee Read more

Search Milestones

The selection of Princeton Seminary’s next president will be a thorough and thoughtful process of discernment that will entail opportunities to gather input from the campus community, alumni, and friends. The presidential search process commenced with the establishment of the search committee in February 2022 and is expected to continue through the installation and onboarding of the next president.

  • Selection of the search committee
    (Completed February 2022)
  • Selection of the search firm
    (Completed March 2022)
  • Listening sessions with campus constituents
    (In progress April 2022)
  • Development of the leadership profile
  • Development of the candidate pool
  • Candidate evaluations and interviews
  • Announcement of the Seminary's new president

    Media Contact:

    Craig Calder
    Director of Marketing and Communications
    [email protected]

    Educating faithful Christian leaders.

    Scholar and Theological Educator

    Kathleen M. O’Connor, Class of 1984

    “Informal time in discussion groups with faculty and students discussing feminist theological literature altered my views, excited my spirit, and greatly influenced my teaching.”