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Andover Newton Theological School's leader plans to retire in 2014

Posted by Deidre Fernandes  February 7, 2013 02:41 PM

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The Rev. Nick Carter, who has been the president of Andover Newton Theological School since 2004, announced Thursday that he plans to retire next year.

Carter will retire in June 2014, according to a press release from the school.

During Carter’s tenure, the school launched a new curriculum, was established as “open and affirming” to gay and lesbian communities, and worked closely with its neighbor, Hebrew College.

But Carter also faced challenges. Last October, a reported rape on campus spurred school officials to adopt tighter security measures, including installing additional lights in buildings and outside.

Carter called his tenure at the school, "the greatest privilege of my professional life," according to the press release.

The school has already hired a Washington D.C.-based search firm to help the school find its next leader.

The Rev. Judy Swahnberg, the chairwoman of Andover Newton’s board, said she expects to have a new president in place by July 1, 2014.

“Andover Newton may be the oldest graduate school in North America,” Swahnberg wrote in letter she sent to the school community. “Yet Nick’s creative leadership abilities have helped us reach a new perspective on our mission.”

Deirdre Fernandes can be reached at deirdre.fernandes@globe.com

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