Westminster College announces dean for new Arizona campus

Jun 18, 2012

Westminster College has announced that classics professor Bob Seelinger will serve as dean for the college's second campus in Mesa, Arizona.

Seelinger says he has been involved with the new-campus project since it began a little over a year ago: “I find it very attractive from the beginning, and indicated from the very start that I’d love to be involved in whatever capacity.”

Seelinger began teaching at Westminster in 1979. He’s also been the Chief Academic Officer, and served as the dean of the faculty for seven years.

Westminster College President Barney Forsythe says he was looking for someone familiar with Westminster’s mission who also had exemplary leadership and experience. “He’s a great carrier of the culture, " says Forsythe. "He’s a fabulous teacher, a wonderful leader and administrator, and somebody who really understands Westminster’s mission.”

Seelinger says one of his major goals for the new campus is to interact with students and the Mesa community. But he also plans to stay connected with Westminster’s campus in Fulton: “We want to have the possibility for some students from our Fulton campus to spend the semester or a year in Mesa, and vice versa. Likewise with faculty members.”

The new campus will offer majors in English, Environmental Science studies, International Business, and Transnational studies. It’s scheduled to open in fall of 2013.