Cynthia M. Campbell, the longest-serving president among the ten seminaries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has announced that she will retire from her position at McCormick Theological Seminary in December of 2011. When Campbell took the helm of the Chicago seminary at the start of 1995, she was the first woman to head a PCUSA theological school. After earning degrees at Occidental, Harvard and Southern Methodist University, she was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1974. After pastorates in Texas and Kansas and teaching at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, she was hired to head McCormick. Campbell was president of the Association of Theological Schools from 2004 to 2006.