*Ivy League professor Cornel West is returning to the Union Theological Seminary in New York City, says the Associated Press.

West tells the New York Times that he’ll become a professor of philosophy and Christian practices at Union next summer.

West, 58, is a frequent TV and radio commentator as well as a noted social activist. He’s written 19 books, including “Race Matters.”

West was an assistant professor at Union in 1977. He departed from Harvard in 2002 after a dispute with its president. He’s leaving Princeton on good terms and will remain an emeritus professor there.

Union’s president, the Rev. Serene Jones, is one of West’s former students. Jones says the seminary is a good place for West to combine “his scholarly commitments and his activism.”