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Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary president announces plans to retire in 2023

The Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard, III has headed the seminary the past four years under ‘the difficulties of dual pandemics’

by Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary | Special to Presbyterian News Service

The Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard, III

LOUISVILLE — The Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard, III, 10th president of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, has announced his intention to retire in 2023. President Pollard will serve until a new president is named and assumes office, no later than January 2024.

The Board of Trustees authorized chair Elizabeth Clay to appoint a presidential search committee at its October meeting, and this group, which will include representatives from the faculty, staff, alumni and student body, will begin its work soon.

“I am thankful to God for you, LPTS. From our trustees to our alums, students and faculty, staff and friends, all. It has been the honor of my professional life to lead this esteemed seminary,” Pollard said. “Our work together is not yet done. I look forward to the months to come as we companion together, seeking understanding, implementing the demands of justice, with a magnificent faith, moving toward the beloved community we long to be. Many lamps, one light.”

Pollard formally began his service with Louisville Seminary on September 3, 2018. When asked about the reasoning for his retirement, Pollard explained, “Having experienced significant health challenges in the midst of pandemic change, I welcome the wellness changes that life has in store. My retirement as the president of LPTS will be in summer ‘23 and no later than January ‘24, as most helpful to our seminary and Board.”

Clay said, “Louisville Seminary is filled with gratitude for the leadership of President Alton B. Pollard, III. Under his guidance, we weathered the difficulties of dual pandemics — Covid and the painful reality of pervasive racism. During a period of ‘social distancing,’ President Pollard’s commitment to common purpose and common vision brought the seminary community together working toward the future where God is calling us. We will miss him.”

“It has been a joy and honor to serve with Dr. Pollard. He has continually encouraged us to live into our commitments of becoming an anti-racist and more inclusive community in substantive and tangible ways,” said Academic Dean the Rev. Dr. Debra J. Mumford. “He has helped us to dismantle the silos that separated various offices and personnel throughout the seminary. Through the Common Purpose Initiative and ongoing task forces, we now work much more cooperatively with one another for the good of the seminary. Dr. Pollard will be missed.”

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