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Former professor sues seminary over departure

March 10, 2007

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— A former Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary professor has filed suit against the school and its president, Paige Patterson, claiming she lost her tenure-track position because of her gender.

The suit by Sheri Klouda, filed late Thursday in federal court, accuses the Fort Worth seminary and Patterson of breach of contract, fraud and defamation. The suit asks unspecified damages.

Neither Klouda nor seminary officials would comment on the litigation.

Klouda earned her doctorate at Southwestern, and taught biblical Hebrew there from 2000 until last year, when the suit says she was forced out because she's a woman.

A top trustee confirmed in an earlier interview that the seminary's interpretation of scripture precludes the employment of women teaching male pastors-in-training in courses considered theological. The trustee described Klouda's hiring by a previous administration as a "momentary lax of parameters."

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