Seminaries: Uproar at Drew

For most of its century of life, Drew Theological School in Madison, N.J., has had a reputation as the nation's most intellectually adventurous and scholarly Methodist seminary. Within the past year, however, its dean has been dismissed, six of the 24 professors have quit for other jobs, and more resignations are expected in the near future.

Cause of the uproar is an administrative civil war between the seminary and parent Drew University, to which it is attached. Traditionally the university's most prestigious and powerful division, the seminary had its own operating budget and total autonomy to hire its own staff....