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Knox College Appoints The Rev. Dr. John Vissers Director of Academic Programs

The Board of Governors at Knox College is pleased to announce the appointment of The Rev. Dr. John Vissers as Director of Academic Programs and Professor of Historical Theology effective January 1, 2013.

“John and I have been colleagues for 13 years and have worked together on matters relating to both theological education and the Church,” said Principal Dorcas Gordon. “The Faculty and I are delighted to be working more closely with him in this new role here at Knox.”

Dr. Vissers, a two-time Knox graduate, will administer the Advanced Degree (M.A., Th.M., D.Min., and Th.D./Ph.D.), Basic Degree (M.Div., M.R.E., and M.T.S.) and certificate programs of the College and supervise the Academic Office in the exercise of its duties.

“I am excited by the call to continue my work in theological education at Knox College,” says Dr. Vissers. “I look forward to joining Principal Gordon, the Faculty, and the staff in delivering excellent academic programs as students prepare for ministry and mission in Christ’s church today.”

Dr. Vissers has been Principal of Presbyterian College since 1999. He is an ordained minister of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, and has served congregations in British Columbia and Ontario. He was Professor of Systematic Theology at Tyndale University College and Seminary for eight years and his research interests include Reformed theology, contemporary theology and constructive Christian doctrine.

The Rev. John Henderson will remain Interim Director of Academic Programs through the end of 2012. The College is grateful for his leadership and service during this transition period.

Knox College is a theological school of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, a federated College of the University of Toronto, and a founding member of the Toronto School of Theology. As a seminary of the Reformed tradition, it has ecumenical relationships with the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, the World Council of Churches, The Canadian Council of Churches, as well as partnerships with various seminaries in the global community. Knox holds its accreditation through the Association of Theological Schools.

The appointment of Dr. Vissers to Knox College is subject to his release by the Board of Governors of The Presbyterian College and the Presbytery of Montreal.