Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C., plans to become Lenoir-Rhyne University's school of theology in 2012. Lenoir-Rhyne, Hickory, N.C., will continue to operate the school of theology out of Columbia. Southern will remain one of eight ELCA seminaries, retaining its name and identity within the university.
"This opportunity to be part of Lenoir-Rhyne University enhances the seminary's ability to fulfill its mission to the church," said Marcus J. Miller, president of Southern. "The seminary understands that to meet the needs of the church in today's environment we must create innovative solutions that are sustainable and effective.
"The partnership will allow the seminary to develop a new and more effective administrative model, make theological education more accessible for a greater number of people, and will allow the seminary in Columbia to continue its historic tradition of preparing women and men for ministry in the church."
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