Yes. Hard to believe that he would not know what the outcome of this would be before he put his name in for another term. Wonder what politics lay behind this?
I don't know if it is politics as more that I know several persons (well, priests in my area) that think he is way too liberal in his theology...or at least he was when named Dean originally. I have no idea if his own position has changed since he was ordained Deacon and then Priest (when was he ordained to the Diaconate?).
Maybe it was the attitude of the board that Fr. John Erickson was always going to be a "temporary" Dean to suceed Fr. Hopko.