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.
The recession has forced seminaries to undertake cost-cutting measures that affect people, projects and their own best-laid plans for sustainability. “The current economic environment has magnified any weaknesses present in seminaries,” according to Daniel Aleshire, executive director of the Association of Theological Schools.
Pat Robertson will retire in 2010 as president of Regent University, the Virginia school he founded, announced officials of the university, with 4,500 students on campus or online. The 79-year-old Robertson founded the school in Virginia Beach in 1978 and has been president since 2000. After July 1 he will remain the university’s chancellor and a member of its board of trustees.