HSU CLOSING LOGSDON SEMINARY

Hardin-Simmons University has announced closure of its Logsdon Seminary, which was established in 2004 as part of Logsdon School of Theology.

The School of Theology will remain open. Logsdon Seminary offered master of divinity, master of arts, and master of arts in family ministry degrees, plus a doctor of ministry

Logsdon School of Theology offers undergraduate majors in biblical studies, religion, and ministry.

President Eric Bruntmyer announced the board’s action in a letter released about 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7. That was followed on Saturday by an updated news release by Jacob Brandt, director for university marketing.

Saturday’s update said, “Hardin-Simmons University, its board of trustees, and other campus leaders are listening closely to all feedback and community concerns. As we sort through the details of this closure, we will continue to work with our students as a major priority.”

“The board approved new programs, and it closed other programs at the undergraduate and graduate level including Logsdon Seminary and its programs,” Bruntmyer stated. “In the next week, the appropriate deans and vice presidents will be communicating the details of these actions.”

Students will continue to participate in chapel services and weekly Bible studies, and they will have “expanded opportunities to participate in ministry events locally and abroad and to take additional Bible courses,” Bruntmyer wrote.

Bruntmyer noted the board had adopted The Way Forward, a strategic financial plan that calls for an annual evaluation of all academic programs and provides “a sustainable framework” that positions the university favorably in “an increasingly competitive marketplace.”

“Under The Way Forward, Hardin-Simmons University will always pursue financial excellence, which will allow us to maintain our academic excellence,” he wrote. “In the coming weeks, months and year, the HSU campus will change. Structural adjustments like these are important as we strive toward achieving financial excellence not only for ourselves, but for those to come.”

The university also reported it has more commitments — in the form of applications, admissions and deposits from future students — than at this time both last year and in 2018.

The school said 90 percent of its freshman class (479 in the fall semester), its second-largest in its history, were retained in the spring semester.

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