From the Worldwide Faith News archives

[PCUSANEWS] Princeton Seminary names Iain Torrance as its

Date Wed, 14 Apr 2004 13:37:06 -0500

Note #8195 from PCUSA NEWS to PRESBYNEWS:

April 14, 2004

Princeton Seminary names Iain Torrance as its
sixth president

Church of Scotland moderator takes office July 1

by Barbara Chaapel, Princeton Theological Seminary
and Jerry L. Van Marter

PRINCETON, NJ -- The Board of Trustees of Princeton Theological Seminary
today named The Right Rev. Iain R. Torrance, moderator of the General
Assembly of the Church of Scotland and dean of the faculty of arts and
divinity at the University of Aberdeen, as its sixth president.

Torrance succeeds the Rev. Thomas G. Gillespie, who is retiring.

Torrance, who also teaches patristics and Christian ethics at Christ's
College in Aberdeen, is editor of the Scottish Journal of Theology. In 2001,
he was appointed chaplain-in-ordinary to Queen Elizabeth II when she visits

He has served as president of the Aberdeen Association of University Teachers
and was convener of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland's
Committee on Chaplains to the Forces (1998-2002). He is a member of the
international dialogue between the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and
the Orthodox Church.

His term as moderator of the Church of Scotland concludes in May of this

Born in Aberdeen in 1949, Torrance was educated at Edinburgh Academy and
Monkton Combe School in Bath. He received the Master of Arts degree from the
University of Edinburgh, the Bachelor of Divinity degree from St. Andrews
University, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oriel College, Oxford

He served as a parish pastor before embarking on his teaching career in 1985
at Queen's Theological College in Birmingham, England. He has been at the
University of Aberdeen since 2001.

Torrance will assume the presidency at Princeton, founded in 1812, on July 1.

He is married to Morag Ann (nie MacHugh), who is manager of the information
technology unit at the University of Aberdeen. They have a son, Hew, and a
daughter, Robyn, both university students.

To subscribe or unsubscribe, please send an email to or

To contact the owner of the list, please send an email to

Browse month . . . Browse month (sort by Source) . . . Advanced Search & Browse . . . WFN Home