Seminary rebounds, plans multifaith university

Claremont School of Theology
On the verge of losing accreditation in 2006 during its third straight year of bleeding red ink, the Claremont School of Theology faced an uncertain future. Some faculty members left the United Methodist–related seminary nestled near scenic mountains in southern California, and a new president was hired whose expertise was primarily in directing seminary and university libraries.

“We had spent too much, and we didn’t really have a clear pathway out,” said CST president Jerry D. Campbell, recalling in an interview the crisis he inherited three years ago. Once a school goes on probation or, worse, loses accreditation, “you can bet your bottom dollar that the student population will decline,” Campbell added.

 

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