Belmont University recently announced the appointment of Dr. Adam Neder as Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) serving the School of Theology and Christian Ministry (STCM), effective August 1.
“I look forward to working with Dr. Adam Neder as a new addition to our college leadership team,” CLASS Dean Dr. Bryce Sullivan said. “Dr. Neder brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to benefit our students and faculty in the areas of Christian formation and theological education, which will help Belmont continue to accomplish its goals to impact the world in meaningful ways.”
Neder is currently the Bruner-Welch Chair and Professor of Theology at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. A beloved and highly accomplished educator, he was voted most influential professor by the 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2017 Whitworth senior classes.
“I am delighted to be joining Belmont and the School of Theology and Christian Ministry during such an exciting time in the university’s life,” Neder said. “Belmont intends to become the leading Christ-centered university in the world, and there is every reason to think it will reach that goal. Simply put, there is not a more persuasive or attractive vision of Christian higher education currently on offer in this country, and there is nowhere I would rather work. I can’t wait to get started.”
Neder earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Covenant College and received his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.
In his new role, Neder will lead more than 20 Theology and Christian Ministry faculty and staff, approximately 100 STCM students and more than 7,000 undergraduate students who are required to take two STCM courses through BELL Core, Belmont’s general education curriculum. As Associate Dean, Neder will report to the Dean of the college and serve alongside two other Associate Deans within CLASS as a collaborative leader for STCM. In January, Belmont’s Office of the Provost announced that STCM will be housed in CLASS effective August 1.
“We are eager to welcome Dr. Adam Neder to Belmont in August,” said Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Excellence Dr. David Gregory. “Each year Belmont receives students who have a desire to lead with their Christian faith to impact the world for good, whether that be through music, teaching, entrepreneurship or a call to ministry. I am confident that Dr. Neder will be an asset to STCM and to its faculty, staff and students.”
Neder and his wife, Janet, are Tennessee natives and have two daughters, Claire and Mary.