Carnegie Calian of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Dec 14, 2004
Carnegie Samuel Calian, among the longest-serving and most successful seminary presidents in the nation, will retire in January 2006 after 25 years at the helm of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
“I think the institution needs a change, I need a change. My wife wants a change,” said Calian, 71, the son of Armenian immigrants who Americanized his first name from “Carnig” to “Carnegie” when he was a child. “I really feel that God has another chapter for me, but I don’t know what it is yet.”
He is the longest-serving president of any seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and among the two or three longest-serving among all 251 accredited seminaries in the nation. Under his leadership, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary was transformed from a struggling liberal institution to a thriving one whose theologically diverse faculty includes some of the most prominent evangelical scholars in the denomination.