Iliff seminary warned on diversity issues

Problems prompted resignation of Latino president
The United Methodist Church has warned its Denver seminary that nearly $1 million in support will be cut off if the school does not resolve internal racial and cultural issues that prompted its Latino president to resign suddenly last May.

David Maldonado Jr., who was president of Iliff School of Theology for four years before quitting, was not treated “with fairness, justice and care” by the school’s trustees, said a report issued this month by the denomination’s University Senate and Commission on Religion and Race.

Maldonado, the first Latino to lead a United Methodist seminary, had complained that he was pressured to leave by some faculty members and trustees who accused him of being too theologically conservative and said he did not “fit in.”

 

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