Princeton Seminary is pleased to announce three new administrative appointments. Shane Berg, who earned his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2008, has been appointed Vice President of Communication and External Relations, effective January 1, 2014. This is a new position that is designed to assist the president in shaping the message of Princeton Seminary and communicating it as broadly and effectively as possible. He will oversee a newly created Department of Communication that will serve not only the area of Advancement but also Admissions, Continuing Education, the Faculty, and the Library. In this role he will ensure that both internal and external communications help the Seminary to fulfill its strategic plan.
Dr. Berg will also work closely with the president to develop strategic partnerships that will benefit the Seminary. He will seek to facilitate collaborative relationships with key church leaders and organizations as well as with partners from the nonprofit world, the private sector, and government.
Dr. Berg is well acquainted with Princeton Seminary. He received his M.Div. from the Seminary in 2000, and returned in 2005 as a faculty member in the Biblical Studies Department. Most recently he has been the Vice President of the Atlanta-based Macedonian Ministry, a nonprofit organization dedicated to equipping pastors for more faithful and effective leadership. While there he initiated and oversaw their branding and strategic communication planning process; led the process of creating and implementing a strategic plan; was involved in fundraising and development; and created a plan for a number of innovative online resources for pastors. He and his wife, Corrie, are the proud parents of three boys—Anders, Mathias, and Soren.
Dr. Shawn Oliver has been appointed Associate Dean for Planning and Assessment in the Office of Academic Affairs, effective January 1, 2014. This is a new position, and Dr. Oliver’s primary responsibilities will be in the area of institutional planning and effectiveness. She has previously served the Seminary as associate dean for curricula. In her new role, she will focus on strategic planning, assessment, and accreditation, and will be responsible for the implementation of a comprehensive plan for evaluating educational and institutional effectiveness. She will be a member of the president’s senior administrative team.
Her duties will include the continuing refinement and implementation of the Seminary’s strategic plan, providing guidance in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data to use in decision-making as part of assessment, and serving as liaison with the Seminary’s accrediting agencies—the Association of Theological Schools and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Dr. Oliver earned her Ph.D. degree in higher education administration from Kent State University in 2008, and her Master of Divinity from Ashland Seminary in 2001. She has had twelve years of higher education administrative experience, working in the areas of strategic planning, academic advising, and institutional evaluation. She is a member of the 2013 Penn State Academic Leadership Academy. In her new role, Dr. Oliver will continue her interaction with Princeton Seminary’s faculty, students and administrators, focusing on the overall vision and well-being of the institution.
Dr. Rose Ellen Dunn has been appointed Princeton Seminary’s new Associate Dean for Academic Administration in the Office of Academic Affairs, effective January 1, 2014. Her responsibilities will include the areas of recruitment and admissions of students in the Ph.D. program, as well as academic advisement and support for career preparation and placement, providing mentoring for Ph.D. students throughout their course of study.
Dr. Dunn earned her Ph.D., M.A., and M.T.S. degrees from Drew University, where she was associate director of theological admissions before coming to Princeton Seminary. In that role she worked with students applying to the Ph.D. program in the Graduate Division of Religion. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at Drew, and at Montclair State University and New Brunswick Theological Seminary. She has three daughters, Glenna, Alanna, and Fiona.