Faculty elected, tenured and promoted in spring trustee meeting

FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary elected three new faculty members, tenured one faculty member and promoted four others during their spring meeting, Apr. 7-9. Additionally, trustees elected new officers, received the president’s report, heard reports on building developments and approved the annual budget for the 2008-2009 fiscal year.

New faculty members

President Paige Patterson commented that the institution continues to expand its ethnic diversity among the professors in order to reach an ever-growing diversity among the student population.  He believes that the three professors elected by the trustees reflect this commitment.

Trustees elected S. Aaron Son as professor of New Testament in the School of Theology, effective Aug. 1, 2008. Son received both his Ph.D. (1999) and his M.Div. (1988) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., and a Th.B. from the Korean Baptist University in Daejon, Korea in 1984. Son has been associate professor of biblical studies in the College of Christian Faith at Dallas Baptist University since 1999 and is the author of several books, including Corporate Elements in Pauline Anthropology: A Study of Selected Terms, Idioms, and Concepts in the Light of Paul’s Usage and Background (2001). Patterson expressed his eagerness to have a Korean professor teaching New Testament and meeting the needs of the significant number of Korean students on campus. Son and his wife, Hee Sook, have two children: Daniel and Joyce.

Trustees also elected Laura Zettler as assistant professor of homemaking in the College at Southwestern, effective Aug. 1, 2008.  Zettler earned her Ph.D. in Human Environmental Sciences from the University of Missouri in 2004.  She received an M.S. in Consumer Economics (2000) and a B.S. (1999) from the University of Alabama. Zettler served as an assistant professor in the department of consumer sciences at the University of Alabama from 2003-2007. She also served as the director of children’s ministries at Calvary Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Ala. from 2006-2007 and was a visiting scholar to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C. in 2005. She has co-authored several articles, including “Parental Borrowing for Dependent Children’s Higher Education,” published in the Journal of Family and Economic Issues. Zettler’s husband Zach is associate pastor in charge of children’s ministries at Glenview Baptist Church in Fort Worth.

Additionally, trustees elected Herbert W. Bateman IV as professor of New Testament in the School of Theology, effective Aug. 1, 2008. Bateman received both his Ph.D. (1993) and Th.M. (1987) from Dallas Theological Seminary. He earned a B.S. from Philadelphia Biblical University in 1982. He has served as interim pastor of First Baptist Church of Warsaw, Ind., since 2007 and has served as a professor for Moody Bible Institute (2006-2007) and Grace Theological Seminary (1995-2006). He has authored A Workbook for Intermediate Greek: Grammar, Exegesis, and Commentary on 1-3 John (2008) and articles in a couple of journals. He and his wife, Cindy Anne, have one daughter: Leah Marie.

Tenured professor
Trustees approved the tenure of Ian Jones, assistant dean in the School of Educational Ministries’ division of psychology and counseling and director of the Baptist Marriage and Family Counseling Center. This represents the first tenure approved since Patterson became president in 2003.

Jones has served as a professor at Southwestern since 1997, and prior to that he taught at Howard Payne University for 12 years, including 5 years as the dean of the School of Social Sciences. He earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Texas in 1991 and a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1984.  He also received both an M.Div and an M.A.R.E from Southwestern in 1979.

Faculty promotions
Four faculty members were approved for promotions by the board of trustees. Scott Floyd was promoted from associate professor to professor of psychology and counseling in the School of Educational Ministries. Margaret Lawson was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of foundations of education in the School of Educational Ministries. Marcia McQuitty was promoted from associate professor to professor of children’s ministry in the School of Educational Ministries. Lyndel Vaught was promoted from associate professor to professor of church music in the School of Church Music.

New officers elected
Trustees elected Dr. John Mark Caton (at-large) as chairman of the board of trustees. He has been a trustee since 2004, serving as vice-chairman from 2007-2008. Caton serves as senior pastor of Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church, a vibrant, growing church in Allen, Texas. He received both his Ph.D. in Ethics (2001) and M.Div. with Biblical Languages (1992) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Trustees also elected Geoffrey Kolander (at-large) as vice-chairman, and Harlan Lee (Ariz.) was re-elected secretary. Kolander has served on the board since 2004 and Lee has served since 2001.

President’s report

In his president’s report, Patterson updated the trustees on matters related to the seminary. He shared with them his 14 expectations of faculty members, which include five expectations relating to a personal walk with the Lord and nine expectations related to teaching, denominational service and evangelistic involvement.

Patterson reported that he sees an increasing number of students who come to Southwestern with a mission and are willing to go any place in the world for the sake of the Gospel. He mentioned that several denominational leaders, such as Thom Rainer, O.S. Hawkins, Daniel Akin, Jerry Rankin and Geoff Hammond, have been on campus this year, which helps build a cooperative Baptist spirit into the students.

Patterson also informed the trustees about an initiative to protect students from the steadily increasing costs of higher education. A personal letter from the president will be going out shortly to alumni and donors asking that every one of them begin each year by giving his first financial gift to Southwestern’s general fund. This will help offset general operating expenses so the seminary does not have to raise tuition at as fast of a rate as universities and colleges.


In other business
-    The trustees received a report from the president where he provided his annual disclosure of his compensation information and entertained questions related to it and the same information for the rest of the seminary's senior administration.

Chairman Van McClain stated that "since Southern Baptists expect that their entities supported by the Cooperative Program will be governed with integrity and accountability, I am glad the salary of the president of Southwestern has been fully and willingly disclosed to all of the trustees of the seminary, even though Dr. Patterson has refused an increase in compensation since his arrival in 2003.”

-    The Business Administration committee made the board aware of the progress being made on the Horner Homemaking House and additional student housing, which were approved in the fall trustee meeting.  The groundbreaking for the Horner Homemaking House will occur soon, and all funds have been secured for the project. 

The new student housing project has received some redesigns due to building codes.  Instead of the original plan of having four quad units, totaling 16 apartments, the new plan provides three units with six apartments each for a total of 18 apartments. Current projections have the units being completed by January 2009.

-    A $36,987,017 seminary budget was approved for the 2008-2009 fiscal year. This represents a 2.4 percent increase over FY 2007-2008.

-    Trustees approved the nomination of Dr. and Mrs. John Earl Seelig, Dr. and Mrs. Jack MacGorman and Dr. and Mrs. Jim Richards to receive the 2008 L.R. Scarborough Award.

-    Trustee Mike Boyd (Tenn.) presented every trustee with a free copy of the biography Bill Wallace of China. Boyd, who is pastor of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tenn., is also donating a copy of the book to every student at Southwestern.  For every copy of the newly reprinted book that is sold, a New Testament translated into Mandarin will be sent to China.


About Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary


Southwestern Seminary celebrates its centennial in 2008. Since its founding, the seminary has trained and sent out over 40,000 graduates to serve in local churches and mission fields around the world. In 1908, B.H. Carroll established the seminary on the campus of Baylor University. It was moved to its current location on Seminary Hill in Fort Worth in 1910 and was placed under the direction of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1925. Paige Patterson was elected as the eighth president of the seminary in 2003.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Thomas White, Vice President for Student Services and Communications
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
817.923.1921 ext. 7300
Email: twhite@swbts.edu
Web: www.swbts.edu

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