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Princeton Weekly Bulletin   February 5, 2007, Vol. 96, No. 14   prev   next   current

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Erum Syed

Erum Syed (photo: Denise Applewhite)



Name: Erum Syed.

Position: Program coordinator in the University Center for Human Values. Planning events, lecture series and seminars, including the James Moffett Lectures and the Tanner Lectures in Human Values. Working with the center’s assistant director to handle budgeting and other financial tasks. Overseeing the production of posters and brochures.

Quote: “We have amazing faculty members at the Center for Human Values, and they’re the nicest people. It’s awesome to be able to attend a staff lunch or a holiday party and have them explain their ideas to you. I feel like there’s no other place on earth you could get that.”

Other interests: Spending time with her husband, Mairaj Syed, a graduate student in Princeton’s religion department. Playing board games with their 5-year-old son, Ibrahim. Reading novels.


Frederick Borsch, dean of religious life and the chapel from 1981 to 1988, has returned to that role on an interim basis, effective Feb. 1.

Borsch, a member of Princeton’s class of 1957, will serve while a search is conducted for a permanent successor to Thomas Breidenthal, who has resigned effective Jan. 31 to become bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio. Breidenthal had been dean since 2002.

Frederick Borsch

Frederick Borsch

“The role of the dean of religious life and the chapel is a central one at Princeton. As its website notes, the Office of Religious Life embodies the University’s care and support for the many religious communities that flourish on our campus,” said Janet Dickerson, vice president for campus life, who is leading the search. “The dean provides leadership for more than 20 denominational and nondenominational chaplaincies and student religious organizations, and is responsible for providing moral and spiritual leadership within the context of our secular University environment.”

She said she hopes to conclude the search by the end of the semester.

Borsch, the retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, currently is professor of New Testament and chair of Anglican studies at the Lutheran Theological Seminar at Philadelphia. 

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in English from Princeton, he earned a second bachelor’s degree in theology from Oxford University. He studied at the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham in England.

Borsch taught at Seabury-Western Seminary in Evanston, Ill., and at the General Theological Seminary, then served as dean, president and professor of New Testament literature at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, Calif. After his time as dean at Princeton, he was bishop in Los Angeles for 14 years. Following his retirement, he was interim dean of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University and associate dean of the Yale Divinity School for a year.

Borsch served as a Princeton trustee from 1998 to 2002 and his son Benjamin is a member of Princeton’s class of 1984.

Delia Vayansky

Delia Vayansky

Delia Vayansky, a member of the University’s Richardson Auditorium staff since 2004, has been named director of the facility.

Vayansky, who has more than 15 years of arts administration experience, had served as acting director of Richardson since October. Before that, she was associate director of the auditorium.

In her new role, she will be responsible for the administration, planning, scheduling, marketing and promotion as well as the provision of facilities, technical and other support for events in Richardson, which is located in Alexander Hall. The 885-seat facility is a fully-equipped performing arts venue that also hosts many official University ceremonies and functions including, for example, in recent months, a concert by the Princeton University Orchestra, a lecture by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the University’s annual Martin Luther King Day celebration.

“Delia is a highly skilled arts administrator who is client centered and valued by our campus community,” said Paul Breitman, general manager of University Services, to whom Vayansky reports.

From 1990 to 2004, Vayansky was assistant production manager at McCarter Theatre in Princeton. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, and recently completed the Management Development Certificate Program offered through Princeton’s Office of Human Resources.

Vayansky succeeds Jennifer Sorgatz, who took a position with the National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C.


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