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News from the Hill April 22, 2010 | back to index

Andover Newton and Meadville Lombard launch partnership explorations

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On Monday, March 29, 2010, trustee representatives from Andover Newton and Meadville Lombard launched a formal negotiation process, exploring the possibility of an innovative partnership between their schools. Joined by their presidents, the group outlined their task, the format and logistics of their discussions, and drafted a covenant for their work together.

While no major issues have been addressed at this early stage, participants reported a positive and constructive atmosphere was present, creating optimism about what lies ahead. Communications will be issued at the close of each meeting of the group, which hopes to bring a recommendation to their respective full boards sometime in June.

Trustee representatives and the two presidents from Andover Newton Theological School and Meadville Lombard Theological School met in Newton Centre, MA on April 21, 2010 for the second in a series of discussions on the possibility of creating a partnership that could offer a new vision for theological education. The facilitated process enabled the participants to substantively engage each other on a number of significant issues. Both groups affirmed the identity and legacy of each institution in any potential partnership. At the close of the meeting, there was a strong consensus that good progress had been made, although much work remained. The teams will continue discussions with the intention of reaching agreement on core principles sufficient to present to each board of trustees by June 15, 2010.

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