ATLANTA, GA – The Interdenominational Theological Center’s President Rev. Dr. Edward L. Wheeler announced on April 26 that he is retiring from the role he’s held for the past four years. Wheeler made the announcement during a board of trustees’ executive meeting, on campus.
According to a press release from the University, Wheeler is the 10th person to serve in ITC’s top leadership role since its founding in 1958. Wheeler stated in his remarks to the board that he will be concluding his presidential position effective June 30, 2019, a position he has held since 2015.
The ITC board of trustees’ accepted the retirement letter with an expression of gratitude for Wheeler’s services.
“I have been blessed by mt time at ITC,” said Wheeler. My prayer is that new leadership will help ITC realize the unlimited potential. ITC’s liberating Africentric focus is needed now more than ever.”
Under Wheeler’s leadership, the institution has achieved several goals which include:
- Probation with SACSCOC was removed, and its accreditation reaffirmed.
- ITC received a $250,000 sustainability grant from the Lilly Endowment.
- Enrollment has increased.
- Curriculum revisions has been implemented.
- Policies and procedures designed to increase institutional effectiveness have been put in place and;
- admission standards have been raised.
“The tenure of Dr. Edward L. Wheeler at the ITC made a remarkable impact on the life of our community,” said Dr. Maisha Handy, ITC Provost. “He is a great mentor to many and a model of excellent leadership in theological education. He will be greatly missed even as we pray God’s blessing on his season of retirement.”
In addition to his tenure as President, Wheeler was an Adjunct Professor at ITC from 1977-1982 and was Dean of Morehouse School of Religion from 1982-1985.
“Transitions are essential part of life,” stated Wheeler. The world is changing, the church is changing, and theological education must be change to be relevant to the changes taking place all around us. I am confident the next generation of leadership for ITC will move the mission forward so that ITC will continue to prepare transformative leaders for an ever-changing world.”
ITC’s Board will spend the next two months identifying what the next President’s work will be. An interim will be appointed to assume the duties of the presidential office, and a search will be launched later this year.
About the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC)
Established in 1958, The Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) is a Christian Africentric ecumenical consortium of seminaries and a fellowship that educates students who commit to practicing justice and peace through a liberating and transforming spirituality to become leaders in the church, local and global communities. Its seminaries include the Morehouse School of Religion (Baptist); Gammon Theological Seminary (United Methodist); Turner Theological Seminary (African Methodist Episcopal); Phillips School of Theology (Christian Methodist Episcopal); and the Charles Harrison Mason Theological Seminary (Church of God and Christ). The Selma T. and Harry V. Richardson Ecumenical Fellowship provide theological training to students from various other faith traditions. Visit www.itc.edu for more information.