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TRUSTEES: NOBTS approves $21.5 million budget, looks to resume in-person classes in the fall

NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- The Executive Committee of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Board of Trustees approved a 2020-2021 budget of $21.55 million -- approximately 9 percent less than in 2019-20 and 10 percent less than the original budget proposal for 2020-21 -- during their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday (June 2).

TRUSTEES: NOBTS votes to close seven extension centers, delays budget finalization, approves new degrees

NEW ORLEANS -- The Executive Committee of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Board of Trustees approved new degrees, elected four faculty members and voted to close seven extension centers during virtual meetings April 14 and 15. The board voted to defer approval of the 2020-2021 budget until the regularly scheduled Executive Committee meeting June 2.

TRUSTEES: NOBTS approves new mission statement, faculty

NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Trustees of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Leavell College affirmed new president Jamie Dew's vision for the institution by approving a new mission statement during their fall meeting Oct. 9. The newly approved mission statement reads, "New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Leavell College prepare servants to walk with Christ, proclaim His truth, and fulfill His mission." The statement echoes the core themes of servanthood, Gospel proclamation, spiritual fervor and mission involvement that Dew has been sharing with Southern Baptists since his election as the school's ninth president in June.

NOBTS excavation could bring 2 Kings 17 into focus

TEL HADID, Israel (BP) -- Nestled between accounts of Israel's defeat at the hands of the Assyrian army and the rise of Hezekiah's kingship in Judea, the importance of 2 Kings 17:24-40 can be easy to overlook. The verses speak of the people groups the Assyrians sent to the region of Samaria in Israel after the fall of the Northern Kingdom and the deportation of the Israelite elites.

FROM THE SEMINARIES: NOBTS prioritizes Leavell College, enrollment

NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- The executive committee of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's board of trustees approved a plan to renovate the former location of the campus LifeWay Store for use as offices for both Leavell College and enrollment as well as a campus welcome area. On Aug. 1, the executive committee unanimously approved a preliminary design for the space and a budget of $100,000 to complete the renovations. Seminary leaders hope to have the space renovated by January 2020.

Refugee crisis: NOBTS students share Gospel

ATHENS (BP) -- Amid the fading beauty of central Athens, not far from the ancient ruins that draw so many tourists, a monumental refugee crisis persists. Along with suffering and uncertainty, the unfolding crisis offers an unprecedented opportunity for Gospel witness among Muslims. And for the past two years, members of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary community have traveled to Europe to minister among the refugees.

Dew nominated to lead New Orleans Seminary

NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- James K. "Jamie" Dew Jr., vice president for undergraduate studies and distance learning at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, has been nominated as the next president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The presidential search committee will present Dew to the full trustee board for a vote on June 5.

NOBTS workshop focuses on minorities & academia

NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- When New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Chancellor Chuck Kelley announced his "Different Voices Initiative" in 2018, a top priority involved encouraging students from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds as well as women to pursue a calling to academia. A May 6 workshop, "Faculty Hiring 101," marked a key step toward that goal, offering practical tips for those sensing a call to teach in a Baptist institution.

NOBTS presidential search narrows to 4 candidates

NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Frank Cox, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary trustee board chairman, updated the board on the status of the presidential search during their spring meeting, saying the committee had narrowed its focus to four top candidates. The search committee, led by Cox, was formed last fall after Chuck Kelley announced his intention to retire on July 31, 2019. The committee encompasses 11 voting members -- nine trustees, a faculty member and a student.

TRUSTEES: NOBTS adds 3 new degrees, 3 professors

NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary trustees approved three new degrees and curriculum updates for Leavell College and elected new faculty members during their spring meeting April 17. Trustees also received updates on the seminary's "Different Voices" diversity initiative and spring enrollment growth, and they approved the seminary's budget for the coming academic year.