Magazine article Anglican Journal

Appointment Marks New Beginning' for College

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Appointment Marks New Beginning' for College

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A small, struggling Saskatchewan theological college is hoping that a new plan and a new principal will help set it back on track.

This spring, the College of Emmanuel & St. Chad, which almost ceased operating in 2013, announced it had hired a new principal--the first person to take on the position on a permanent basis since it was eliminated, also in 2013, as a cost-cutting measure.

Effective August 1, Dean Iain Luke, former assistant professor of theology and director of the Institute for Anglican Ministry at St. John's College, Winnipeg, became Emmanuel & St. Chad's new principal.

"We may not have closed Emmanuel & St. Chad, but we came close, so it certainly marks a new beginning," Michael Hawkins, bishop of the diocese of Saskatchewan and president of the colleges council, says of the appointment.

The college's origins go back to 1879, and it has been the officially accredited theological college for the ecclesiastical province of Rupert's Land since 1967. In recent years, however, Emmanuel & St. Chad has been, like many theological colleges across North America, facing the twin difficulties of dwindling finances and declining enrolment, Hawkins says. …

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