Board launches McKinney Endowment

June 1, 2010

Bill McKinneyPacific School of Religion’s Board of Trustees announces the creation of the William McKinney Endowment for Innovation and Leadership to honor his devotion to and accomplishments for the school. McKinney, who has been president of PSR since 1996, will retire at the end of this month (June 30, 2010). “Bill’s commitment to innovation and leadership has helped shape a generation of leaders who are living out a call to work in ministries of compassion and justice in traditional and nontraditional, bold, new ways,” said Board chair, pastor of Sycamore United Church of Christ, and PSR alumna Sharon Lee MacArthur, MDiv 2001.

The long-term goal of the McKinney Endowment is a faculty chair in innovation and leadership, which requires an endowment of $2,500,000; short-term goals include support for a visiting professor in new congregational development and resources for innovative leadership for the new president of PSR.

“We’re thankful for Bill’s leadership and we’re excited by the establishment of this endowment fund that will help prepare men and women for innovative forms of ministry to serve our churches and communities,” said Paul Extrum-Fernandez, vice president for institutional advancement. The fund, which was launched at an April 24 dinner in Bill McKinney’s honor, has already reached $200,000. For more information, see