LAURA S. MENDENHALL has been selected as the new president at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Before her appointment as president, Mendenhall was pastor for nine years at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas. She is chairwoman of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly's Permanent Judicial Council.
MICHAEL J. NYENHUIS has been appointed the new president and chief executive officer of map International, a nonprofit Christian relief and development organization based in Brunswick, Georgia. Since joining map in 1995, Nyenhuis has traveled to Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe to monitor medical distribution, disease prevention, and community health development for the organization.
The Board of Trustees at San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS) has named JAMES G. EMERSON JR. as interim president of the school. A former Presbyterian pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Emerson succeeds Donald W. McCullough, who resigned in May. (McCullough was convicted of two counts of sexual abuse by the Permanent Judicial Commission of the San Francisco Presbytery a few days after his resignation last summer.) In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees at SFTS, Emerson has taught various courses at the seminary for the past five years.1