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Will Candice McQueen really be the first female president of a Church of Christ university?

Some scholars want to see Meta Chestnutt Sager, a pioneer Oklahoma educator, recognized.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

Candice McQueen made history this week as the first woman chosen to lead a university associated with Churches of Christ.

Or did she?

Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., introduced the former Tennessee education commissioner as its president-elect Thursday.

When she succeeds Randy Lowry on Sept. 7, McQueen, 47, will become the first female CEO in the 130-year history of Lipscomb, which David Lipscomb and James A. Harding launched as the Nashville Bible School in 1891.

Likewise, a woman never has served as president at 13 other coed, residential colleges and universities associated with Churches of Christ — from Abilene Christian University in Texas to Harding University in Searcy, Ark., to Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.

But some scholars want to make a case for the late Meta Chestnutt Sager, a pioneer Oklahoma educator.

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This story appears in the online edition of The Christian Chronicle.

Photo by Kristi Jones, Lipscomb University

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