Episcopal Divinity School dean to step down

Katherine Hancock Ragsdale will not continue as dean and president of Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, after her contract expires at the end of June.

Ragsdale said she had asked EDS trust­ees “if possible, to expedite the process of naming a successor so that I may explore new opportunities. Of course I will do everything I can to ensure a smooth transition.”

Ragsdale became dean in 2009 after the institution sold off $33 million in property to resolve some of its financial challenges, including outstanding debt.