Seabury Seminary gives faculty notice, cuts staff

Board declares “financial exigency”
The entire faculty of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, have been notified that their jobs will end in a year, and nine staff jobs will be cut this month as the Episcopal-related school’s trustees face up to an insurmountable multimillion-dollar debt.

The board of trustees suspended recruitment and admissions in February for residential doctoral, master’s and certificate programs because of the school’s $500,000 ongoing deficit and a debt estimated to rise to $3.5 million this year.

Gary Hall, dean and president of Seabury-Western, announced April 24 that neighboring Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, affiliated with the United Methodist Church, “has agreed to accommodate our continuing students so that all will be able to graduate in 2009 and 2010 with Seabury degrees.”

 

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