May 4, 2004
By Suanne Whorl*
(UMNS) — General Conference delegates elected four people to serve on
the 25-member University Senate, a body of professionals in higher
education that determines which academic institutions meet the criteria
to be affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
Rev. David Maldonado, Jr., president of Iliff School of Theology in
Denver, and Dr. Socorro Brito de Anda, president of Lydia Patterson
Institute in El Paso, Texas, were elected in the category of chief
executive officers of United Methodist higher education institutions.
Rev. Rebekah Miles, professor of ethics and United Methodist doctrine
at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, and the Rev. L. Gregory Jones,
vice-president of the Association of United Methodist Theological
Schools, were elected in the category of persons holding positions
relevant to academic or financial affairs or church relationships.
four elected by General Conference were chosen from a slate of 13
nominees. The remaining 21 members of the senate are selected by other
groups: nine by the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the
United Methodist Church, four by the United Methodist General Board of
Higher Education and Ministry, four by the Council of Bishops, and four
by the senate itself.
senate was established by the Methodist General Conference of 1892 and
is an affiliate of the Board of Higher Education and Ministry. It
monitors, evaluates and approves the 123 colleges, universities,
preparatory and theological schools related to the denomination. Most of
the senate’s members are professional educators and administrators at
United Methodist educational institutions.
*Whorl is a correspondent for the United Methodist News Service.
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