Highland Theological College appoints new Principal

Hector Morrison
(Rev.) Hector Morrrison BSc, BD, MTh, MHEA

PRESS RELEASE - Monday, 6 April, 2009

The Highland Theological College which has its base in Dingwall has issued the following press release announcing the appointment of Hector Morrison as the new principle of the college.

Following a search and selection process, the Board of Governors of Highland Theological College UHI has unanimously approved the appointment of Acting Principal Hector Morrison as Principal of the College, with immediate effect.

In an announcement to staff today, Chairman of the Board of Governors, the Reverend Alexander Murray, said, “Always passionate about theological education, Hector is committed to wanting the best for his students. He has a very clear vision for the future of HTC as an independent constituent college in its role within the UHI network. In the best sense of the term, Hector is a ‘godly’ person and minister and, as a capable academic, theologian and leader, has a wealth of experience to bring to the role of Principal. We look forward to working with Hector as he leads HTC forward to meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

Hector gained the degrees of BSc, BD and MTh from Glasgow University. He is a Church of Scotland minister, having worked in parishes in Glasgow, the Western Isles and Lochalsh. Along with the Reverend Professor Andrew McGowan, he founded Highland Theological College and has been its Vice Principal since its inception in 1994. With research interests particularly in the discipline of Biblical Studies, most of his teaching concentrates on Old Testament and Hebrew. As well as his teaching commitments, Hector has been a key figure within the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences faculty of UHI. He is Subject Network Leader in Theology & Religious Studies for UHI and also has responsibilities for Academic Management, Quality Assurance and Enhancement and Subject Reviews, amongst other things.

Hector has been Acting Principal at HTC since the former Principal, Andrew McGowan, left in January to become minister of the East Church in Inverness.


Hector recently wrote a short article entitled 'Can a Theological College be Born in a Day?'. In it he chronicled the background behind the founding of the college and its subsequent development.

Hector also spoke recently at a thanksgiving/memorial service for Beverley Due, late wife of Rev. Dr. Noel Due who lectured at the college before the family returned to their native Australia.

The Editor, 08/04/2009