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McCormick Theological Seminary President Frank M. Yamada has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and will begin in that role on July 1. He has announced that he will resign as President of McCormick effective June 30, 2017.
Dr. Yamada came to McCormick in 2008 as Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Director of the Center for Asian American Ministries. In 2011 he was elected as McCormick’s tenth president, the first Asian American to lead a Presbyterian Church (USA) seminary. His tenure has been marked by increasing diversity in McCormick’s student body and creative engagement with the shifting realities of theological education.
“We accepted his resignation reluctantly,” says Board Chair Deborah Block, “and yet we see how Dr. Yamada’s gifts are a fit for the work of ATS. We’re grateful that McCormick will continue to be blessed by his leadership on a national scale.”
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