Baptist to head Methodist-affiliated school

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2000

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) -- Robert Duffett, a Baptist, has taken the reins at Methodist-affiliated Dakota Wesleyan University.

''I think in the era we're in now, in this postmodern world with different ideological views, people are interested in authentic Christianity, not the brand names,'' Duffett said.

Duffett, 45, the former provost and academic dean at Ottawa University in Kansas, succeeds Jack Ewing, who has been named president at Mount Union College in Ohio.

Duffett, the university's 19th president, said he likes to focus on similarities between the denominations: ''You can go to McDonald's, Burger King or Wendy's, but they all sell hamburgers.''

He does plan to join a local Methodist church to strengthen his tie to the denomination and the university.

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