California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary are exploring a proposed merger by which PLTS would remain in Berkeley, Calif., as a full seminary of the ELCA. This fall, both schools' governing boards formally endorsed the exploration process. A decision on the merger could come as soon as May 2012.
PLTS President Phyllis Anderson and CLU President Chris Kimball both say it would strengthen the schools' Lutheran identity and service.
They also agree that Columbia, S.C.-based Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary's recent merger with Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, N.C., influenced the proposal. "That's a model we're evaluating for ourselves," Anderson said. "In a challenging time for seminaries, we're looking for ways to secure our future as the Lutheran seminary in the West."
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