Barbara Wheeler, one of the first women to head a theological school in the U.S., will be succeeded in July by another woman as president of New York City’s Auburn Theological Seminary, it was recently announced. Katharine Rhodes Henderson, currently the seminary’s executive vice president, will become president on July 1. Wheeler, who headed the Presbyterian-founded seminary for more than 20 years, will assume full-time leadership of Auburn’s Center for Study of Theological Education, a think tank for theological and rabbinical schools. Auburn does not grant traditional seminary degrees, but rather serves as a research institute for issues affecting religious leaders and religious education.


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