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Less Than a Year In, Gordon-Conwell Seminary President Resigns

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James Emery White resigned May 16 as president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, effective June 30. White, whose term began July 1, 2006, said unforeseen family circumstances made it impossible for him to move to the seminary's main campus in Massachusetts.

White lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, near a Gordon-Conwell satellite campus. His contract required relocation, said Thomas Colatosti, chairman of the board of trustees. The board was pleased with White's work, Colatosti said, and had discussed extending his one-year appointment.

White founded Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte and will return to his post as senior pastor. For the past year, he had continued to serve the church, which has more than 5,000 active attendees, as teaching pastor. White will also resume teaching on Gordon-Conwell's Charlotte campus, where he had earlier worked as an adjunct professor, as a professor of theology and culture.

Gordon-Conwell, formed in 1969, chose White in 2006 as the seminary's ...

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