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Faculty of Theology doctoral student Bill Schwartz appointed as Academic Dean of Western Christian College

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REGINA, June 9 -- (Courtesy of CNW) The board of directors and administration of Western Christian College is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Schwartz as Academic Dean of the Regina-based high school and college.

A native of Edmonton, Schwartz returns to western Canada after pursuing a professional and academic career in Ontario.

The holder of several degrees Schwartz is currently completing his Doctor of Theology (Th. D) at the Faculty of Theology, University of St Michael’s at the University of Toronto.

"We are thrilled we could attract someone of Bill's caliber to our school," said WCC president Kevin Vance. "His background will add significantly to our team's ability to deliver on our strategic objectives of providing a high quality educational experience for our students while reaching out to our community." Schwartz is recognized in academic circles for his research and academic work in the area of Pastoral Counseling and Ministry Formation. In particular, he has studied extensively on the relationship between Clergy and Congregational Health, Pastoral Care and Counseling.

"While I am pleased to be returning to the West, it was Western Christian's focus on optimizing educational opportunities for students coupled with an active out-reach program dedicated to helping the less fortunate in our community that made this opportunity so attractive," said Schwartz in accepting his new position. "I was particularly impressed with the way Western Christian delivers on its motto of Changing Lives One Student at a Time. What I discovered at Western was that this is not just a saying but a lifestyle. The faculty and staff at Western actually believe they can change lives."

Schwartz assumed his new duties this week.

Western Christian College was founded in Weyburn, Saskatchewan and relocated to Dauphin, Manitoba before moving to its current home in Regina. The school offers a quality high school and college academic experience in a caring Christian environment. The college's REACH program also affords under privileged young people in Regina's inner city opportunities to pursue completion of a high school diploma.