Sheri Klouda, a former Hebrew professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary who claims she was denied tenure because of her sex, has filed a federal lawsuit against the seminary and its president, Paige Patterson.
Klouda was hired by the seminary’s board of trustees shortly before Patterson became president in 2003. Klouda alleges that Patterson first assured her that her sex would not be an issue in her employment but later told her it was the reason she was being denied tenure. Klouda has since obtained a tenure-track position at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
Her attorney, Gary Richardson of Tulsa, Oklahoma, filed the suit March 8 in Fort Worth, Texas, where the seminary is located. The suit alleges breach of contract, fraud and defamation and seeks damages and declaratory relief.