Relocation of Golden Gate campuses moving forward

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP) -- Construction is progressing rapidly at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary's two new campuses, and more than 40 new jobs have been posted on the seminary's website, President Jeff Iorg reported in mid-January.

Iorg, speaking to the seminary's staff and students, said the new campus in Ontario, Calif., is still on target for the June 2016 move from Mill Valley even though there have been minor setbacks.

Golden Gate Seminary, for its new home in Southern California, is renovating a six-story building constructed in 2009 but vacant ever since due to the economic downturn.
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"We have faced the inevitable challenges associated with any major building project," Iorg said of the Ontario site in Southern California. "However, we still don't anticipate any delays for our move this coming summer."

Construction also is in progress at the new Bay Area campus in Fremont, Calif., he said, noting that a three-month delay in obtaining a building permit this past summer and a rainy winter in the Bay Area mean the facility will not likely be ready until year's end.

"The Bay Area campus will open in August 2016 but its first location will be on the current Golden Gate Seminary campus in Mill Valley," Iorg said Jan. 14. "We anticipate moving the Bay Area campus to the new Fremont location in January 2017."

Iorg said a final timetable for opening the Bay Area campus will be determined by June.

More than 40 new positions at the campuses in Ontario and the Bay Area have been posted on the seminary's website. Some will be hired in the next few weeks as offices for the Bay Area campus open, while others will be effective later this spring as preparations intensify to open in Ontario. Job descriptions for all the new positions are available at www.ggbts.edu/careers.

Iorg also announced several closure events for the Mill Valley location that are open to all alumni and friends. These include the President's Convocation on Feb. 4; Missions Conference Alumni Dinner, Feb. 11, followed by the Missions Conference featuring Thom Wolf, Feb. 12-13; Academic Convocation, March 10, led by President Emeritus William O. Crews; and Spring Commencement, May 20, which will include an alumni luncheon that day. Detailed information about these events is available at www.ggbts.edu.

Golden Gate Seminary began its relocation after the sale of its main campus in Mill Valley in 2014 and the subsequent purchase of new sites in Ontario and Fremont. The seminary also is on track for changing its name to Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention, slated for a final vote by messengers to this June's SBC annual meeting in St. Louis.

Kathie Chute is director of communications for Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.
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