Robert Pyne named director of Peace and Justice Center at St. Norbert College

From St. Norbert College, May 28, 2009
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

Robert Pyne has been named the new director of the Peace and Justice Center at St. Norbert College effective July 1.

Pyne taught at the Dallas Theological Seminary for 17 years. He then became director of leadership development for African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM). ALARM focuses on reconciliation, peace-building and human rights training. Pyne spent the majority of his time in Africa conducting training for pastors and community leaders.

Pyne said he applied for the directorship of the Peace and Justice Center because he wanted to remain an advocate for those who are powerless and voiceless.

As an important organization within the college's mission and heritage division, the Peace and Justice Center at St. Norbert assists the college in improving the conditions that promote human dignity and the establishment of a more just society. Their primary endeavor is to help prepare and engage students to serve as ethical and dynamic agents of change in their local, regional, national and global communities.

Pyne takes over for Sr. Sally Ann Brickner, a faculty member teaching in the education and peace and justice disciplines, who spent eight years as director of the Peace and Justice Center. Brickner was named first vice president for her religious community, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay. She will continue to teach at St. Norbert College.