Professor Donald Macleod
Donald Macleod is to retire in June 2010 as principal of the Free Church of Scotland College in Edinburgh. His intention of stepping down was announced at the end of November by college board chairman Dr Iain D. Campbell.
Dr Campbell paid tribute to Principal Macleod, saying he ‘significantly developed the Free Church College as a Reformed centre of theological enquiry, offering a variety of degree courses and holding to the highest academic standards. His tenure of the principalship has put the whole church in his debt’.
Also speaking for the Free Church, Iver Martin said: ‘Principal Macleod is the longest-serving active minister in the Free Church of Scotland. Having been ordained to Kilmallie in 1964, his second and only other charge was Glasgow where he ministered in the then Partick Highland (now Dowanvale) congregation, before being appointed to the chair of Systematic Theology at the Free Church College in 1978.
‘Upon the retirement of Archie Boyd, Professor Macleod was appointed to the position of principal in 1999. It was during his time as principal that the validation arrangement was forged between the Free Church College and Glasgow University, which resulted in BTh and MTh degrees being awarded to the college’s students’.
Donald Macleod was closely involved in the controversies that precipitated the formation of the breakaway Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) in 2000.