College President Resigns Following Fight with Denomination

David Norman arrived shortly after Presbyterian church took school to court over "mission drift."

Late last month, trustees for Erskine College and Seminary announced that president David Norman will resign this summer after three years spent helping the South Carolina school recover from a bruising fight with its denomination.

"I am exhausted," wrote Norman in a resignation letter. "The toll this job has taken on me and on my family cannot be ignored. I also know that, although I have committed each day to serve God and this institution to the best of my ability, I have strained or broken relationships with several of Erskine's most important alumni, faculty, and staff."

In the letter, Norman highlighted reasons for optimism after weathering the "most significant challenges in [the school's] history."

"These past three years have not been easy," he wrote. "We have lived and worked within a culture that has been recovering from much brokenness and hurt."

Norman later told the Greenwood Index Journal that he expected a short-term presidency when he accepted the role, though he acknowledged ...

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