Chaplain: Rev. Will Gipson of Princeton

The Rev. William Christian Gipson, who had been Associate Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel at Princeton since 1994, became Chaplain of the University of Pennsylvania on August 1.

Provost Stanley Chodorow, who announced the appointment, said Mr. Gipson will also be a Special Advisor to President Judith Rodin and will be one of her administrative appointees to the University Council.

"William Gipson brings to the position extensive experience in a University setting," the Provost said. "During his tenure at Princeton he worked closely with the Dean of Student Life Office, the Dean of the College Officewhere he served as an intern last yearand participated as a fellow in one of the five residential colleges for first-year and sophomore students.

"He has a clear vision for an urban University Chaplaincy program, and the President and I look forward to working with him."

Mr. Gipson took his bachelor's degree in journalism from Northeast Louisiana University and his master's from Colgate Rochester Divinity School. After serving as the Community Legal Education and Resource Coordinator for the North Louisiana Legal Assistance Corporation, he worked as a reporter for Berkeley's California Voice and as an English instructor and Coordinator of Enrichment Activities for Cal State's Upward Bound Program.

Ordained a Baptist minister in 1980, he was later ordained a dean and elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and served as Assistant Minister of the Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Rochester, NY, from 1987 to 1990.

He joined Princeton as Assistant Dean of the Chapel in 1991, serving also as Chaplain of the school's Hallelujah! Worship Service. A member of the First Baptist Church of Princeton, he is also a member of the Association for College and University Religious Affairs and the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life. He was actively involved with the Princeton area's regional schools, serving on the school board, on the Operating Commitee of Princeton Young Achievers, and on the Board of Trustees of Princeton Friends School.


Volume 43 Number 2
September 3, 1996

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