By JOANA SALIEVSKA
The McCormick Theological Seminary Board of Trustees has appointed David H. Crawford as the 11th President of the Seminary.
Crawford, who has been serving as Interim President for the last year, is “the right leader with the right skills at the right time as we lean into our future, and he has earned the full support of the McCormick community – faculty, staff, students, trustees, and alums. We are delighted that he has agreed to continue his service at McCormick,” said Board Chair Pete Cochrane.
He has spent “much of the last 15 years in service at McCormick,” said Cochrane. Crawford has agreed to serve as president for two years with an option for a third year.
“I am so grateful and humbled by this opportunity to continue my service at McCormick. We have set a new course that honors McCormick’s rich tradition of innovation and projects our mission and programs outward into congregations and the communities we and our alums serve,” said Crawford. “In these extraordinary times McCormick, perhaps more than any other institution in our great city, has an opportunity to bring communities together in faithful pursuit of justice, service and reconciliation.”
Former Dean Ted Hiebert, who has known Crawford for many years and worked closely with the President-designate during his time as dean, says Crawford holds McCormick’s mission close to his heart. “He knows McCormick inside and out and as a former board member, chief business officer, and interim president he has skillfully and thoughtfully led McCormick toward new programs and stronger financial stability,” he said.
Current Dean Steed Davidson echoed Hiebert’s remarks. “David’s gentle, participatory, supportive and visionary leadership offers little surprise to those who have known and worked with him for a long time. That he brings these qualities to a theological seminary from a background in the practice of the law and after many years of work at the seminary may surprise others. We have marveled at the way he has in the past year filled the role of interim president making the decision that more imperative. As a faculty we are confident in David’s leadership as he facilitates the innovations that we will step into in the years to come.”
The McCormick Theological Seminary, founded in 1829, is one of 12 schools related to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and one of 11 members of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools.