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Westminster College’s chaplain named a Pennsylvania trailblazer

The Rev. James Mohr II, college chaplain and director of church relations at Westminster College, has been named one of Pennsylvania’s trailblazers in the field of education.

The Rev. James Mohr II, college chaplain and director of church relations at Westminster College, has been named one of Pennsylvania’s trailblazers in the field of education. City and State Pennsylvania magazine’s 2024 Trailblazers in Higher Education included Mohr in the list that honors influential leaders in academia statewide.

The Rev. Jim Mohr spearheads Westminster College’s popular service-learning trip, Experience Alaska. Mohr, pictured here in the back at the far right, gathers with students in Anchorage, Alaska, where they volunteered in homeless shelters and soup kitchens, studied Alaskan culture, and experienced the state’s natural beauty.

Confronted with a changing economic, social and technological landscape, the leaders in City & State’s 2024 Higher Education Trailblazers have responded with innovative programming, outreach both tangible and virtual and, in some cases, restructuring to accommodate the ambitions of a new generation.

Mohr, who has served more than 20 years as chaplain at Westminster, has guided the ministry’s evolution to meet contemporary campus needs. He helped develop a student food pantry in response to food insecurity—leading Westminster to be named a Pennsylvania Hunger-Free Campus—and a lending library to help with rising book costs. Mohr has also led students on experiential service trips in the U.S. and abroad.

Jim Mohr

Mohr also helped establish the College’s Student Emergency Fund, which provides financial support to Westminster students when they need help the most: in times of emergency. Acting as a strategic reserve, the fund helps students facing unforeseen adversities and financial setbacks continue their Westminster educations.

“I refer to it as the ‘Hope Fund’ because it helps provide hope to students who may have given up all hope to stay at Westminster,” said Mohr.

Mohr, who joined Westminster College in 2003, earned his undergraduate degree from Muskingum College and his master’s from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He served churches in St. Petersburg, Fla., Silver Creek, N.Y., and Butler, Pa., before being called to Westminster.

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