SWBTS trustees discuss student housing and counseling program
April, 2010FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) -- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's board of trustees received a president's report, discussed the need for new student housing, addressed the progress of the faculty committee assigned to developing a unified counseling program, elected faculty and conducted other business during their spring meeting, April 7.
President Paige Patterson gave his presidential address to the trustees, highlighting the evangelistic atmosphere on campus, recent faculty publications and most pressing needs of the seminary. Patterson told trustees that the seminary's evangelistic campaign to reach every house within a one-mile radius of the campus is continuing to move forward. He also mentioned a weekly student prayer gathering for world missions, noting, "A deep missions consciousness is beginning to grip the whole campus."
Patterson also addressed the top needs he will be focusing on for advancing the seminary in the coming years.
"The first and most important need that we have at this seminary touches all of you," Patterson said. "We desperately need revival in our churches and on our campus. And let's not forget that these things are spiritual, not physical."
Among the remaining current needs of the seminary, Patterson mentioned the need for scholarships, final funds to renovate the Walsh Counseling Center, and money to build new student housing and to make renovations to existing housing.
Several committees voiced agreement and support with the president and administration on student housing needs. Institutional advancement committee chairman Steven James said his committee supports the initiative to pursue student housing.
"We've made that a priority," James told trustees. "We're taking a strong look at that and how we can help move that along."
Student Services committee chairman Hance Dilbeck agreed, saying, "We also talked about the importance of improved student housing and how that will help with student recruitment."
Unified Counseling Program
Speaking on behalf of the academic administration committee, trustee Van McClain updated trustees on the seminary's progress in combining its two counseling programs, saying the faculty committee evaluating the project needs more time.
"Dr. Blaising reported on the progress that is taking place with the unified Southwestern Counseling program model," said McClain. "A report or a program proposal will be brought to the meeting in October. Dr. Barber made the motion to receive the report and affirm the president in this process. Dr. Holt seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously."
After the committee's report, the entire board unanimously voted to adopt the sentiments of the committee as its own.
New Faculty Elected
Trustees elected Thomas Davis as professor of archaeology and biblical backgrounds in the School of Theology, effective Aug. 1, 2011. Davis has been director of Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute since 2003. Prior to that, he served as assistant vice president and archaeological investigator for R. Christopher Goodwin and Associates from 1991 to 2003. He has participated in research excavations in locations such as Cyprus, Egypt and Jordan. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.
Trustees elected Ira "Mack" Jones as associate professor of Christian education in the Havard School for Theological Studies, effective Aug. 1, 2010. Jones has served as an adjunct professor at Southwestern's Houston campus since 2004 and as pastor of Wooster Baptist Church in Baytown, Texas, since 1999. He spent 16 years as an IMB missionary in Brazil, where he also taught in several seminaries. He earned a M.A.R.E. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and an Ed.D. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Trustees elected Donald Kim as an assistant professor in the College at Southwestern, effective Aug. 1, 2010. Kim is presently pursuing a Ph.D. in New Testament from Southwestern and anticipates graduation in 2011. He earned his M.Div. from Yale University Divinity School and has taught adjunctively at Southwestern since 2007. He also serves as assistant editor and research librarian at the Institute for Biblical Research (IBR) Library located on Southwestern's campus.
Trustees elected Matthew McKellar as associate professor of preaching in the School of Theology, effective Aug. 1, 2010. McKellar has been serving as a preaching professor under presidential appointment since January. Prior to that, he served as pastor of Sylvania Church in Tyler, Texas, for 22 years. He earned his M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Southwestern and served on Southwestern's Board of Trustees from 1996 to 2006. He has also served as an adjunct professor for Dallas Baptist University, Criswell College and East Texas Baptist University.
Trustees elected John Michael Morris as assistant professor of missions in the Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions, effective Aug. 1, 2010. Morris has been serving as pastor and church planter of Fayette Baptist Mission in Williston, Tenn., since 2007. He served as an IMB missionary and team leader from 1995 to 2006. He earned his M.Div. from Southwestern and a Ph.D. in Missiology from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary.
Trustees elected Matthew Queen assistant professor of evangelism in the Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions, effective Aug. 1, 2010. Queen has served as associate pastor of Friendly Avenue Baptist Church in Greensboro, N.C. since 2006. He served as an adjunct professor in the Southeastern College of Wake Forest and was the Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism teaching fellow at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1999 to 2002. He earned his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
- Trustees elected Geoffrey Kolander as chairman of the board of trustees. Kolander, a business executive from Austin, Texas, and has been on the board since 2004, serving as vice chairman from 2008-2010. Trustees also elected Hance Dilbeck, pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Okla., as vice chairman and Harlan Lee, a business owner in Phoenix, Ariz., was re-elected secretary. Dilbeck has served on the board since 2003, and Lee has served since 2001.
- A $34 million seminary budget was approved for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.
- Trustees were able to see continued progress on construction of the new chapel. Several lots have been cleared and old buildings torn down in preparation for the foundation to be laid on the chapel.
Keith Collier is director of news and information at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas (www.swbts.edu/campusnews).
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