new trustees and officers updated

New Trustees, Officers, Elected to Princeton Seminary Board

Princeton, NJ, July 16, 2013–Princeton Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the election of five new members to its Board of Trustees.

Laird J. Stuart, who lives in Grand Haven, Michigan, is the former minister and head of staff of Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, California, where he served from 1993 to 2010. He also served churches in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, Bergenfield, New Jersey, and Milford, Connecticut, and in Grand Haven.  After his retirement in 2010, he was interim president of San Francisco Theological Seminary for two years. He has been active on national committees of the Presbyterian Church (USA) including as a trustee of the Board of Pensions. He earned his B. A. from Amherst College and his M.Div. from Princeton Seminary.

Alison McCord Zimmerman is an elder and member at Indian Hill Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she has been active on the church’s stewardship, worship, and pastoral care committees. She is a member of the boards of trustees of Families Forward, a United Way agency in Cincinnati, and of the Convalescent Hospital for Children, and serves on the board of overseers of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She was past president of the board of Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled, also in Cincinnati. She earned her B.A. from Rice University. She is the daughter of Princeton Seminary’s fourth president, James I. McCord, who served the Seminary from 1959 to 1983.

Dale E. Jones of Washington DC is vice chair and partner of the CEO and Board Practice in the Americas, with Heidrick & Struggles, a leadership advisory firm. He advises boards and CEOs on human capital issues such as leadership, recruitment, and corporate governing. He serves on the national advisory board of The Salvation Army and the Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative, and is a trustee of Morehouse College, from which he earned a B.A. He served as CEO of a global water initiative that provides clean drinking water to villages in sub-Saharan Africa, and has participated in the World Economic Forum on Africa.

Camille Cook Murray is pastor and head of staff of The Georgetown Presbyterian Church in Washington DC. Prior to that appointment, she was associate minister and then interim head of staff at St. Columba’s Church of Scotland in London, England. She also served as solo minister at Summertown United Reformed Church in Oxford, England. She is on the board of the Reformed Institute of Washington DC, and when she lived in London was a member of the Worship and Doctrine Committee and the Mission and Discipleship General Assembly Council of the Church of Scotland, and a trustee of the West London Action for Children Charity. She earned her B.A. from Vanderbilt University, her M.Div. from Princeton Seminary, and her Masters of Applied Theology from Oxford University.

Erin R. Raska was elected to the board as an alumni/ae trustee, a three-year term on the board that represents the Seminary’s alumni/ae association. She is associate pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Wilmette, Illinois. Before that, she spent two years as parish associate for global ministry at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City and in that role spent a year working in the church in Zambia in Africa. She earned her B.A. from Whitworth University. Before being elected a trustee, she was a member of the Seminary’s Alumni/ae Association Executive Council.

New Officers
The Board of Trustees also elected new officers at its May meeting.

William P. Robinson, president emeritus of Whitworth University, was elected chair. Ruth Faith Santana-Grace, executive presbyter of San Gabriel Presbytery in southern California, was elected vice chair. She previously served as associate pastor and director of adult discipleship at the First Presbyterian Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and before that as executive director of The Bridge Association in Rome and Florence, Italy, an organization that brought together mayors, state legislators, and other U.S. officials to discuss economic development with their counterparts in Italy. She is a 1994 graduate of Princeton Seminary and is the first Latina to serve as an officer on the Seminary’s Board. Scott D. Renninger, president and chief investment officer of Independence Asset Advisors and an elder at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in suburban Philadelphia, was elected secretary.

President Barnes believes that Robinson is the right person to lead the Seminary Board at this time. “Like all seminaries, Princeton must make adjustments to be relevant to the church and culture in which it exists,” he explains. “Bill Robinson understands what it means to help a school turn into the wind of social change. His many years of experience as a president in higher education, his intuitive wisdom about institutional dynamics, and his great love of students have equipped him to lead our Board of Trustees.”

Princeton Theological Seminary, founded in 1812, is the first seminary established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Its mission is to educate leaders for the church of Jesus Christ worldwide, and its more than 500 students and 11,000 graduates from all fifty states and many nations around the world serve Christ in churches, schools and universities, healthcare institutions, nonprofit agencies, initiatives for social justice, mission agencies, and the emerging ministries of the church in the twenty-first century.