President Dean Thompson and Seminary Dean David Hester announced today that Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will remain closed and classes will be cancelled through September 19 and the weekend. They anticipate reopening on Monday, September 22.
This decision was reached while the City of Louisville continues its efforts to restore electricity to more than 159,000 homes and businesses that have been without power for four days, following severe winds that blew through the Ohio Valley region on Sunday, September 14. The storm system, a remnant of Hurricane Ike, initially left more than a half million people in Kentuckiana without power.
Later today, the Jefferson County School System also announced its decision to keep schools closed through Friday.
Some Louisville Seminary students will remain on the campus until power is restored, and the Seminary President, Dean, Facilities Department, and other members of the administration and faculty will continue to assist with needs and will monitor their well being. A generator has been hooked up to one building, where students are keeping food and sharing community meals.
At a meeting earlier today, President Thompson and Dean Hester expressed gratitude for the Facilities Department and their diligence in removing extensive debris on the campus and providing residents with safe and comfortable spaces during the aftermath of the storm. Thompson also spoke about numerous calls he has received from Seminary constituents who have offered their help and their prayers for Louisville Seminary during this time.
Louisville Seminary will continue to provide updates via the news section of this website, the local television stations, and WHAS AM840 radio. Individuals who are trying to contact someone on the campus of Louisville Seminary may call Director of Communications Michelle Melton at 502.609.5697.