Monday, April 13, 2009

New Principal at HTC

I've just returned from a refreshing week's holiday in the Pentland Hills. While I was away, Rev Hector Morrison was appointed as the new Principal of HTC, succeeding Rev Andrew McGowan, with whom he founded HTC back in 1994. This is excellent news. Hector Morrison is a skilful biblical theologian, a good exegete and a very effective Hebrew teacher to boot! His series of talks on The Mountain of God, delivered in HTC chapel over a few months were truly inspirational and will remain a highlight of my time at HTC, whatever happens in my remaining time there. Just as importantly, he has owned and developed the vision of HTC over the last 15 years, and is especially committed to the high academic standards that make HTC the institution it is as part of UHI. The press release follows:
Following a search and selection process, the Board of Governors of Highland Theological College UHI has unanimously approved the appointment of Acting Principal Hector Morrison as Principal of the College, with immediate effect.

In an announcement to staff today, Chairman of the Board of Governors, the Reverend Alexander Murray, said, “Always passionate about theological education, Hector is committed to wanting the best for his students. He has a very clear vision for the future of HTC as an independent constituent college in its role within the UHI network. In the best sense of the term, Hector is a ‘godly’ person and minister and, as a capable academic, theologian and leader, has a wealth of experience to bring to the role of Principal. We look forward to working with Hector as he leads HTC forward to meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

Hector gained the degrees of BSc, BD and MTh from Glasgow University. He is a Church of Scotland minister, having worked in parishes in Glasgow, the Western Isles and Lochalsh. Along with the Reverend Professor Andrew McGowan, he founded Highland Theological College and has been its Vice Principal since its inception in 1994. With research interests particularly in the discipline of Biblical Studies, most of his teaching concentrates on Old Testament and Hebrew. As well as his teaching commitments, Hector has been a key figure within the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences faculty of UHI. He is Subject Network Leader in Theology & Religious Studies for UHI and also has responsibilities for Academic Management, Quality Assurance and Enhancement and Subject Reviews, amongst other things.

Hector has been Acting Principal at HTC since the former Principal, Andrew McGowan, left in January to become minister of the East Church in Inverness.