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SWBTS trustees elect president, chancellor; adopt new plan, budget, programs

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – The election of David S. Dockery as 10th president and O.S. Hawkins to a new position as chancellor marked a historic spring meeting of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary board of trustees.

David S. Dockery elected 10th president, O.S. Hawkins elected chancellor of Southwestern Seminary

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – Christian higher education leader David S. Dockery was elected 10th president and Southern Baptist leader O.S. Hawkins was elected to the new role of chancellor during the spring meeting of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary board of trustees, April 19.

SWBTS ‘not in a crisis,’ but financial challenges must be addressed, Dockery tells trustees

FORT WORTH (BP) -- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is “not in a crisis” but financial challenges “could quickly escalate to a crisis if we do not aggressively move to address them,” Interim President David S. Dockery told the seminary’s board of trustees today during its first regularly scheduled meeting since the resignation of former president Adam W. Greenway. 

SBTC presents $250,000 gift to SWBTS

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – Nathan Lorick, executive director of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC), presented a $250,000 gift Oct. 3 to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary interim leadership O.S. Hawkins and David S. Dockery to support the faculty and to help the school with its current financial challenges.

Hawkins, Dockery announced as joint interim leadership at SWBTS

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Following a special-called meeting of the Board of Trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Chairman Danny Roberts today announced that trustees have invited O.S. Hawkins and David S. Dockery to provide joint leadership to the seminary during the interim period. Dockery will serve as interim president, while Hawkins will serve as senior advisor and ambassador-at-large.

SWBTS releases list of 13 individuals connected to sexual abuse allegations

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – The chairman of the Board of Trustees and president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary jointly published today an open letter to the seminary community that includes a list of 13 individuals who were previously students and/or staff of the institution and who appear on a larger list of persons arrested or credibly charged with sexual abuse or sexual assault maintained by the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, which was previously unknown until its release last week following an independent investigation.

Hemphill rejoins SWBTS faculty to lead center bearing his name

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – Kenneth S. Hemphill, seventh president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, has been appointed distinguished fellow of the Hemphill Center for Church Revitalization and senior professor of church revitalization in the Roy J. Fish School of Evangelism and Missions, President Adam W. Greenway announced Thursday (April 14).

TRUSTEES: SWBTS approves budget, elects faculty, honors Dockery

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary board of trustees approved the 2023 fiscal year budget, heard reports of increased giving through the institution’s advancement efforts, elected a new faculty member to the School of Church Music and Worship, named two faculty members to hold endowed academic chairs, and approved the renaming of an academic center in honor of David S. Dockery, during its April 4-5 spring meeting.

Jack MacGorman, long-time professor, SWBTS chapel namesake, dies at age 100

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)—John William “Jack” MacGorman, long-time professor of New Testament at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and namesake for its MacGorman Chapel, died today at the age of 100, two days shy of his 101st birthday. 

TRUSTEES: SWBTS approves Stanley Chair, Hemphill Center

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – A new academic chair honoring longtime pastor and Southern Baptist leader Charles F. Stanley, announcement of the appointment of Gregory A. Wills as the new dean of the School of Theology, naming an academic center for former president Kenneth S. Hemphill and faculty elections highlighted the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary fall Board of Trustees meeting Oct. 18-19.