The Rev. Lee Barker will step down as president at the end of August 2019, completing sixteen years as head of Chicago seminary.
Meadville Lombard Theological School, the Unitarian Universalist seminary in Chicago, announced May 9 that its president since 2003, the Rev. Lee Barker, will retire at the end of August 2019.
Meadville Lombard President Lee Barker
“I am announcing my plans now because I want to give the Board of Trustees the time it needs to conduct a well-planned and thorough search for the next leader of the school,” Barker said in a letter the school sent to supporters. “The Trustees will begin that process when they convene their meeting in Chicago next week.”
Barker oversaw a series of dramatic changes during his tenure, including a transformation of the school’s curriculum; the sale of its campus near the University of Chicago; a multiyear search for new educational partners; and the move to a new home at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies. UU World profiled the school’s transformation in 2014.
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Christopher L. Walton is editor of UU World. He holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of Utah and is a member of the Church of the Larger Fellowship.
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