Westminster Seminary Gets New President, Dean

Posted: June 30, 1991

Effective tomorrow, Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside will have a new president and academic dean.

The Rev. Samuel T. Logan Jr. of Glenside, academic dean of the seminary since 1982, was elected president last month by the seminary's board of trustees, succeeding the Rev. George C. Fuller.

Mr. Fuller, a tenured professor of practical theology, wished to return full time to teaching after nine years as president, said Laurence Sibley Jr.,

seminary director of public relations.

The board of trustees named the Rev. William S. Barker of Glenside as academic dean, succeeding Mr. Logan.

Mr. Logan joined the faculty as dean of students and associate professor of practical theology in 1979. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Westminster Seminary, and earned a doctorate from Emory University.

He is an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, a member of the board of directors of the Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem and chairs the research grants selection panel of the Association of Theological Schools.

Mr. Logan was leading a bus tour of historic churches and other sights in New England last week and couldn't be reached to comment on his new position. But Sibley said the new president's attention likely would focus on maintaining enrollment and developing more continuing education through the


Mr. Barker, a church history professor at Westminster, previously taught history and was dean of the faculty at both Covenant College and Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. A minister in the Presbyterian Church of America, he was editor of the Presbyterian Journal from 1984 to 1987.

Mr. Logan and Mr. Barker will continue to teach church history part time.

Westminster, founded in 1929, has an enrollment of 550 students and offers master's and doctorate degrees in 16 programs.

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