Milligan College, Emmanuel Christian Seminary to enter into management contract
Milligan College and Emmanuel Christian Seminary recently announced that the institutions will enter into a management contract, effective July 1.
The contract will allow Milligan personnel to provide various administrative and support services to Emmanuel, including finance, admissions, information technology and physical plant.
Before the management contract Milligan and Emmanuel have operated independently but have had a shared history since Emmanuel’s 1965 founding, according to Milligan officials.
Emmanuel shared space on the Milligan campus and operated under the leadership of then-president Dr. Dean E. Walker.
Both institutions are part of the Stone-Campbell Movement and have a similar mission of preparing men and women for ministry and servant-leadership.
“This contract will bring the institutions closer together than ever before,” Milligan President Bill Greer said. “The intent of this agreement is to move closer to a full integration of the two schools by maximizing operational efficiency and effectiveness.”
Greer also announced the continuation of constructive talks regarding Emmanuel’s full integration with Milligan.
Greer meets regularly with and Emmanuel President Mike Sweeney, according to Milligan officials, along with the two gent’s administrative teams, to discuss plans and associated issues that arise as progress is made toward Emmanuel becoming part of Milligan.
Financial and economic conditions have been difficult for Emmanuel in recent years, which led Emmanuel’s board and president in summer 2012 to begin discussions with Milligan about some sort of operating relationship.
Since then, both institutions have been in a period of due diligence to explore the options and determine if such a relationship would be in the best interest of both parties.
“Our mutual commitment is to honor and continue Emmanuel’s legacy by continuing to offer academically-sound, advanced degrees in Bible and ministry,” Greer said. “We agree that Emmanuel and Milligan can do this best together as one institution with one united mission and operational structure.
“We are excited about the future possibilities and the great advantages this will offer to students at both schools.”
-From Contributed Reports