The Goshen College Board of Directors announced finalization of its appointment of educator, biblical theologian and church leader James E. Brenneman to serve as the Indiana college’s 16th president, beginning July 1, 2006, for a four-year term of leadership of the 111-year-old institution.
With Goshen College’s relationship to Mennonite Church USA through Mennonite Education Agency (MEA), the MEA Board of Directors affirmed the appointment on Nov. 28, according to an announcement last Wednesday by Mennonite liberal arts college in Goshen, Ind.
“Dr. Brenneman has always sought to align his love for ideas and teaching with service,” said Rick Stiffney, vice chair of the Goshen College Board of Directors who led the Presidential Search Committee, in the announcement. “This has led him to a vocational calling in biblical scholarship alongside a commitment to the pastorate and other significant leadership roles within the broader life of the church.”
Brenneman, a 1977 Goshen College graduate who lives with his family in South Pasadena, Calif., was introduced to the campus and community in a chapel service Nov. 18 as a final step in a leadership discernment process.