The Trustees of Sarum College are delighted to announce the appointment of The Revd Canon Dr James Woodward as Principal of Sarum College.
James is presently Canon of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and will assume the Principal post on October 1st.*
“I have long admired the intellectual energy and spiritual depth of Sarum College as an ecumenical centre for Christian study and research,” said James (pictured, left). “I am looking forward to leading this community of learning and to nurturing theological education in service of the church and the wider community. “
In the wake of the College’s recent merger with the former Southern Theological Training and Education Scheme (STETS), a priority for James, 54, will be to continue to develop innovative collaboration between the postgraduate, ministry and non-accredited programmes of both institutions.
The Very Revd Dr Alec Knight, Chair of the Sarum College Trustees, said: “I am very pleased that James has been appointed as Canon Keith Lamdin’s successor. This is an exciting time for the College as we integrate our learning programmes, extend our partnerships and build further on the College’s reputation for educational excellence and generous hospitality.”
“James is good news for Sarum College and for the Diocese of Salisbury,” said the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, the Bishop of Salisbury, who with the Rt Reverend Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells, is a Foundation Trustee of Sarum College. “Well known for his impressive skills as a pastor, educator and strategic leader, James also brings a theologically articulate voice to the public discussion of healthcare, ageing and dying. “
Keith will step down from his role as Principal on July 31st but will continue to run courses and leadership consultancy on behalf of Sarum College.
Keith said: “I have known James for nearly 30 years and am sure he will bring to the College what it needs to flourish in its next phase of life – pastoral sensitivity, clarity of direction and a deep theological engagement with the world.”
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*The appointment is subject to DBS clearance.