Head of Luther Seminary in St. Paul resigns amid financial woesThe president of Luther Seminary in St. Paul has resigned amid rising maintenance costs and declining enrollment.
- Article by: ROSE FRENCH , Star Tribune
- Updated: December 11, 2012 - 9:42 PM
School announces search for new president after losing nearly $4 million last school year.
Considered the country's largest Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) seminary, the school wants to "take a fresh look going forward" after losing nearly $4 million last school year, Luther's board chairman Jim Lindus said Tuesday.
The seminary announced Monday that Richard Bliese stepped down from the job he's held since 2005. Officials plan to name an interim president by January and launch a national search for a successor.
Enrollment is down from 822 nearly five years ago to 764 students this year.
Could this be a sign of people voting with their pocketbooks and wallets? There is no secret about the membership losses in the ELCA since 2009 and the CWA that opened the door to gay and lesbian marriage and clergy. Now it seems that Luther, a very large Lutheran seminary, is suffering financially and I would be surprised if the two were not connected. BTW the other seminaries of the ELCA are also suffering financially and enrollment wise -- with the Lutheran Seminary in the South merging with Lenoir-Rhyne University some months ago...
It will be interesting to see if this is spun by the spin doctors into another scenario... Wait and see!