Iliff president's exit leads to church probe

Charges of racist pressures
Two national United Methodist agencies are looking into disputes surrounding the sudden retirement of the first Latino president of Iliff School of Theology in Denver. One commission is looking into charges of racist pressures, although the Denver-based UMC bishop recently said the “roots of the present crisis are very deep” at the 112-year-old seminary.

David Maldonado, 61, retired May 26—a few days before graduation ceremonies—following an investigation by the Iliff Board of Trustees into what it called “divisions” on campus, according to the Rocky Mountain News. Maldonado was on the faculty of Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology before becoming Iliff’s president in mid-2000.


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