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Universities and Colleges with a Christian affiliation have in recent years sought to renew and redefine their identities and almost all have rearticulated their mission for the modern age after a long and serious process of reappraisal. This process has been accompanied by an ongoing discussion of the nature and identity of higher education itself. This discussion has required leadership that is different from most secular leadership.This book provides a range of experienced voices, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, that reflect on the character and mission of leadership in Christian higher education in the 21st Century.


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Leadership in Christian Higher Education
Edited by Michael Wright and James Arthur

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Professor James Arthur
James Arthur is Professor of Education and Civic Engagement at the University of Birmingham and was formerly Professor and Director of the National Institute of Christian Education Research at Canterbury Christ Church University. He has written widely on Christian education and his recent books in this area include: Faith and Secularisation in Religious Colleges and Universities (published by Routledge in 2006) and John Henry Newman in the Contiuum Library of Educational Thought (published 2007). He was awarded a CBE in December 2009.
Professor Michael Wright
Professor Michael Wright is the Vice Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University and, from 1997, was the Principal in its earlier position as a College and University College. His academic discipline is law. Before Canterbury, he taught law and was an academic manager at universities in Bristol, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Both personally and in a professional capacity he has been a member of a number of education, church and community organisations. He is a Lay Canon of Canterbury Cathedral and a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Kent. He is a former Chairman of the Council of Church Universities and Colleges (Britain) and chairs the Board of Trustees of the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion.
Dr Joel Cunningham
Joel Cunningham has been Vice Chancellor, President, and Professor of Mathematics at Sewanee: The University of the South since 2000. From 1979 to 2000 he was a faculty member and administrator at Susquehanna University, first as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Mathematics and, from 1984, as President. An early member of the Campus Compact for student public service and a trustee of the Council of Independent Colleges, Cunningham chaired the Commission on Policy Analysis of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and was president of the Society for Values in Higher Education. He has been Chair of the Association of Episcopal Colleges, the Appalachian College Association, and the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association; and Treasurer of the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion. He has served as a leader in the Lilly Endowment -funded Council of Independent Colleges program on vocation and mission for college presidents and prospective presidents and is one of the founders of the Vocation in Undergraduate Education initiative.
Dr Nirmala Jeyaraj
Dr. Nirmala Jeyaraj, MSc, PhD is the former Program director (2008–09)of the United Board for Christian Higher Education (UBCHEA), Hong Kong and former Principal (1996–2008) of Lady Doak College, Madurai, India. She is a Biologist specialized in Molecular Biology and has more than three decades of teaching and research experience with several publications to her credit. She was a Visiting Professor for a year at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College, North Carolina, USA and a Visiting Scholar at the Wolffson Institute of Biotechnology, University of Sheffield, UK. Based on her exposure and experience in Higher Education in both Asia and the West, she has published several articles on various issues in Higher Education and has edited books on the same. She has also held other leadership positions such as the Vice President of All India Association for Christian Higher Education (AIACHE), Member and Chair of the Executive Committee of CUAC and a member of the Syndicate of Madurai Kamaraj University.
Reverend Dr Jeremy Law
Jeremy Law is currently Dean of Chapel at Canterbury Christ Church University, a position he has held since 2003. After a geology degree at Aberystwyth and postgraduate research in geology at Leeds University, Jeremy trained for the Church of England ministry at Salisbury and Wells Theological College . As part of his training he completed a theology degree via Southampton University. Ordained in 1987, he followed a Curacy at Wimborne Minster in Dorset with an Oxford DPhil in the theology of Jürgen Moltmann under the supervision of Rowan Williams and Paul Fiddes. For nine years, from 1994, he was Lazenby Chaplain and Lecturer in Theology at Exeter University. His research interests and recent publications have included work on the theology of human evolution, the ecological interpretation of theology and a theology of boundary that seeks to link together the being of God and the origin of life.
Professor Gerald J Pillay
Gerald John Pillay was born in the former British colony of Natal in South Africa. He was awarded a BA, a BD (with distinction ) and Doctor of Theology from the University of Durban. He also achieved a DPhil in Philosophical Theology from Rhodes University.
After lecturing at the University of Durban-Westville he became Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of South Africa in 1988, a post he held for eight years. During this period he was also variously Guest Professor at North Western University, Illinois; Research Fellow at Princeton University; Visiting Professor at Eastern Mennonite University , Virginia; Guest Professor at Rhodes University and Visiting Professor at the graduate school at AMBS, Indiana.
In 1997 he became Foundation Professor and Head of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Otago University , New Zealand’s oldest University, based in Dunedin in the South Island. He was asked to serve as the first Head of Liberal Arts within that University in 1998. He has served in various senior leadership roles at the University of South Africa, the Human Sciences Research Council in Pretoria and the University of Otago.
In 2003 he was appointed head of Liverpool Hope University College - an institution whose first founding College was established in 1844. He became its first Vice-Chancellor when Liverpool Hope was given full university status in July 2005.
Professor Pillay has served on editorial boards of two international journals ( Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae and Verbum et Ecclesia ), has presented papers at numerous international conferences and has served on various public and educational bodies. He has published extensively and is an internationally respected scholar.
A New Zealand citizen, Professor Pillay is a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Merseyside.
Dame Janet Trotter
Dame Janet Trotter trained to teach religious studies at a Church College in the 1960s and taught a range of secondary school pupils for eight years before joining King Alfred’s College Winchester as a lecturer in Theology and Education. In 1978 she was promoted to the position of Head of Professional Education. From there she was seconded to Church House Westminster in 1984 to be interim College’s Officer during a period of transition for all voluntary colleges in the UK and then moved to Lancaster to be Vice Principal of St Martin’s College.
In 1986 she became Principal of the College of St. Paul and St. Mary in Cheltenham and led it through merger to university title in 2001. She had a number of national roles while in this position and was a member of the Higher Education Funding Council, the Teacher Training Agency and the Quality Assurance Agency (Degree Awarding Powers Advisory Committee).
Dame Janet retired from the University of Gloucester in 2006. She currently chairs the Foundation for Church Leadership , the Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust and Winston’s Wish, a charity for bereaved children: she is also a member of the governing bodies of two universities.
Dame Janet has honorary degrees from a number of universities , both in the UK and overseas, and was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2001.

The origins of this book, which can perhaps best be described as a collection of personal essays in which the contributors reflect upon their experience, lie in various conversations which the editors have had during the past ten years. Each of us has spent time over those years considering, from both a practical and theoretical perspective, what it means to have leadership responsibilities in Christian higher education. Is it different to higher education generally? How does it extend beyond ‘signs and symbols’? How has the challenge changed over the years? Are there any lessons to be learned from taking an international perspective? Are there differences between the various Christian denominations? What is the role of chaplaincy? How and in what ways should the curriculum reflect a Christian dimension?
This collection of essays does not purport to offer the answers to those questions although it does touch on all of them. What it does do is to offer the considered views of a number of people with whom we have worked over the years and whose reflections would, in our opinion, be of interest and assistance to those facing the challenge of leadership in Christian higher education. The essay have not been edited other than for the purpose of producing a consistent style.
We are grateful to the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, for his contribution which, at his requ

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