Lancaster Seminary President Carol E. Lytch and Norio Matsumoto, President of Tohoku Gakuin University, signed an international agreement for academic exchange and educational cooperation in Sendai, Japan, on July 19, 2018. The agreement will open the way to exploring how the two institutions may work together in the future.
Tohoku Gakuin University began in 1886 as Sendai Theological Seminary. It was founded by a graduate of Lancaster Seminary, Rev. William E. Hoy, and Oshikawa Masayoshi, a Samurai who converted to Protestantism. Masayoshi-san served as the first president, and was succeeded by a Lancaster Seminary graduate David Bowman Schnader, who was president from 1901 until 1937. Lancaster Theological Seminary was founded in 1825.
Tohoku Gakuin University is a Christian university with about 5,000 students.