June 15, 2010

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.

Robert P. Dugan Jr., an influential figure at the National Association of Evangelicals’ Washington office while serving as its director of public affairs from 1978 to 1997, died May 4 at age 78. Dugan, a former pastor and chaplain of the Colorado State Senate, joined the NAE staff after an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Congress in 1976. His monthly newsletter, NAE Washington Insight, was a trusted voice for evangelicals in the nation’s capital. He also served as president of the Conservative Baptist Association of America.