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By letter today to the Concordia Seminary, St. Louis Board of Regents, President of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. (CTSFW) Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr. declined the call to serve as Concordia Seminary’s 11th president and will continue to serve as president at CTSFW. In his letter, Rast said: “The call to serve as Read more…
Photo: The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod/LCMS Communications Concordia Seminary, St. Louis has extended a call to Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr., president of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. (CTSFW), to serve as the 11th president in the school’s 181-year history. The call was extended Saturday after a unanimous vote on the first ballot by the Read more…
Dr. Meyer is 72 years old and in the final months of his third five-year term of service. By bylaw, he is required to notify the Seminary's Board of Regents nine months prior to the expiration of this term of his intention regarding continuing to serve. So, the time was upon him to make a decision. We know this was not an easy decision for Dr. and Mrs. Meyer, but we must remember that he has already worked a full term past "normal" retirement age. We know that Dr. and Mrs. Meyer have discussed their decision and came to it mutually – and they deserve to enjoy a retirement!
The process for electing a new president is clearly outlined in the LCMS Handbook, which contains the constitution and bylaws of the Synod. Immediate steps include the Board of Regents issuing a call for nominations of candidates as well as convening a search committee. The committee will be composed of three full-time faculty members (elected by the faculty with one alternate) and three Board of Regents members (elected by the board with one alternate). In phase two of the search, the committee shall be expanded to include three additional members of the faculty (elected by the faculty.) Ultimately, the slate of nominees shall be voted on by four electors – one vote from the Board of Regents voting as a group, one vote from the LCMS district president serving on the board as a voting member, one vote from the chairman of the LCMS Board of Directors and one vote from the president of the LCMS. The election of the president shall require three of four elector votes. For complete details, please read Section 220.127.116.11.2 of the Handbook.
The Board of Regents is committed to a transparent process as they work together with the faculty to find the Seminary's next president. Please watch the Seminary's official communications channels – CSL website, Concordia Seminary magazine, etc. – for ongoing news updates.
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