An Episcopal priest with a wide background that includes service in a variety of settings will join the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees on July 1.
The Rev. Prince Singh, 45, pastor of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Oakland, N.J., since August 2000, was elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester at a meeting Feb. 2. He will be consecrated as bishop on May 31 at the Eastman Theater in Rochester at a festive service officiated by the Most Rev. Katherine Jefferts Shori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church.
The Episcopal bishop of Rochester sits by office on the HWS board of trustees; Singh will succeed the Rt. Rev. Jack McKelvey, bishop since December 2000, who will retire later this spring.
A graduate of Madras Christian College in Tambaram and Union Biblical Seminary, both in India, Singh holds post-graduate degrees in Practical Theology from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, Church and Society from Princeton Seminary and a doctorate in Religion and Society from Drew University.
Ordained a priest in the Church of South India (Anglican Communion) in 1990, he served congregations in rural south India, and in the Diocese of Newark, N.J., he was associate rector at St. Peter’s, in Morristown, N.J., for three years before becoming the rector of St. Alban's. He has worked at a leper colony and a psychiatric hospital in Madras, India; taught at Drew University, led AIDS and CROP walks and interfaith youth encounters for Jewish, Christian and Muslim young people.
Singh and his wife, Roja Singh, are the parents of two sons, Ned and Eklan. He was the youngest of the five candidates for the position of eighth bishop, and will be the first person of color to be bishop in this diocese.
A co-founder of the Dalit Solidarity Forum in the United States, he serves on the board of Creative Living Counseling Center, chairs the Oakland Franklin Lakes Interfaith Council, and is a member of the adjunct faculty at Drew Theological Seminary in Madison, N.J., and has been the Episcopal chaplain at Ramapo College in Mahwah, N.J.
He said he plans to work within the eight-county diocese to help those who, like the untouchables he worked among in India, are invisible and overlooked in society.
A majority of the bishops and the standing committees of each diocese must consent to the election before Singh can be consecrated.