Joseph C. Hough Jr., who helped to rescue New York’s Union Theological Seminary from financial jeopardy during his eight years as president, announced April 24 that he will retire from the post in June 2008. Hough, 73, was lured out of a planned retirement in 1999 to lead the ecumenical seminary founded in 1836. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Hough holds a Ph.D. from Yale and has written or edited several books. He was especially known for teaching and administrative skills. Hough served on the faculty of Claremont Graduate University and was dean of the School of Theology at Claremont (California) from 1974 to 1987. He then served as dean and professor of ethics at Vanderbilt University Divinity School for nine years prior to taking the Union post.


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