COLUMBUS, Ohio — A small Ohio college and a nearby seminary are reuniting after nearly 60 years of separation.

Capital University in Bexley in suburban Columbus has announced the merger on Jan. 1 with next-door neighbor Trinity Lutheran Seminary. The move was approved by boards of both institutions.

The Dispatch reports that the seminary faced declining enrollment and operated under an unsustainable business model.

Capital University President Beth Paul says the merger solidifies the future of the seminary.

The schools operated as a single institution from 1830 until 1959, when the newly-formed American Lutheran Church directed the two to part ways.

The Rev. Kathryn Kleinhans of Iowa’s Wartburg College will lead the newly named Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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