Brite Divinity School President Newell Williams Announces Retirement

April 27, 2022

Photo of Dr. Newell WilliamsAt the Spring Board of Trustees meeting, Brite President Newell Williams announced his intended retirement from his position effective August 31, 2022.  Dr. Williams has served in the capacity since May of 2003, having previously taught at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN and Brite Divinity School.  Since coming to Brite as President, Dr. Williams has overseen the expansion of the faculty, the growth of the Ph.D. program, the construction of a new classroom and administrative facility, and a continuation and expansion of Brite’s longstanding determination to pursue the vision of a world transformed by God’s love, mercy and justice.  An internationally respected church historian, author of numerous books, Dr. Williams is also an ordained minister within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  In receiving this announcement, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to confer upon Dr. Williams the title of President Emeritus.

The Brite Board of Trustees will immediately form a Transition Committee charged with insuring a smooth transition, beginning with the appointment of an Interim President who will lead as a bridge to the next era of Brite Divinity School.

A celebration of Dr. Williams’ considerable contributions to Brite, the ecumenical church, and theological education will be planned in the coming months.