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Transgender professor agrees to leave Azusa Pacific University

Professor Adam Ackley talks to Eyewitness News in this September 2013 photo.

October 4, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
An Azusa Pacific University professor who came out as transgender has agreed to give up his job.

Adam Ackley was a professor of systematic theology at the private Christian college. For the past 15 years, the administration has known him as Heather.

Ackley and the school on Friday released the following joint statement:

"Dr. Ackley and university leadership have engaged in thoughtful conversations regarding Dr. Ackley's continued employment at APU and recognized that they have different views on the theology of human sexuality. While we appreciate Dr. Ackley's past service and pray God's best for the journey ahead, we have reached a mutual agreement that recognizes it would be best for Dr. Ackley to pursue professional endeavors elsewhere. APU remains committed to compassionate accountability and grace-filled dialogue, while holding fast to our institutional values. Given this is a personnel matter, the details of this agreement remain confidential."

Ackley says he has no regrets. He says it has led to what he calls a much-needed dialogue.