Black woman to lead AME seminary in Ohio

Leah Gaskin Fitchue at Payne Theological Seminary
In yet another first for female seminary executives, Leah Gaskin Fitchue has been inaugurated as the head of Payne Theological Seminary, making her the first African-American woman president of a seminary affiliated with the Association of Theological Schools.

Fitchue, an ordained minister, also is the first woman president of the 160-year-old seminary aligned with the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Wilberforce, Ohio, school announced. She previously served as professor of religious studies at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, and president of the Gaskin Fitchue Group, a consulting firm specializing in leadership and development for faith-based organizations.

 

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