On February 22, 2016, Dr. Olson announced that the John Leland Center had entered into talks with Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary regarding a potential merger. The proposed plan places the Waco, Texas-based Truett Seminary in charge of operations at the Leland Center. It also allows Leland and Truett students to take courses at both institutions, as long as they complete less than half of overall coursework at their original institution of admission.
Although the proposal is still under negotiation, Truett Seminary Dean Todd Still hopes that this “marriage” will come to pass. Truett student Hannah Smith agrees, pointing out that the merger would give Truett students who want to work in politics an opportunity to “get their foot in the door” in Washington, DC.