FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary elected five new faculty members during their fall meeting, Oct. 21-22. Additionally, recipients of the L.R. Scarborough Awards were recognized, a report indicating an increase in student enrollment was given and other business was conducted.
New faculty members
Trustees elected Dongsun Cho as assistant professor of historical theology in the School of Theology, effective Jan. 1, 2009. Cho received both his Ph.D. (2008) and Th.M. (1999) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned his M.Div. from the Korea Baptist Theological Seminary in Daejon, Korea in 1997 and his B.A. in English Literature and Language at Soongsil University in Seoul, Korea in 1994. He has been associate pastor and interim pastor at several churches in Texas and earned the James Leo and Myrta Ann Garrett Award in Historical Theology at Southwestern Seminary in 1999. Cho and his wife, Connie, have two children: Stephanie and Daniel.
Trustees elected Jason Duesing as assistant professor of historical theology in the School of Theology, effective Jan. 1, 2009. Duesing is a Ph.D. candidate in historical theology at Southwestern, expecting graduation in December 2008. Duesing received his M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2002 and his B.A. in Speech Communications from Texas A & M University in 1998. He will continue to serve as chief of staff in the office of the president at Southwestern, a position he has held since 2006. Prior to that he served as assistant to the president from 2003 to 2006. He has also served as a teaching assistant at Southwestern since 2005 and as a member of the editorial board of the Center for Theological Research. Duesing and his wife, Kalee, have two children: Gracyn and Ford.
Trustees elected Michael Keas as assistant professor of history and philosophy of science in the College at Southwestern, effective Jan. 1, 2009. Keas received his a Ph.D. (1992) and M.A. (1989) in history of science from the University of Oklahoma. He has served as professor of history and philosophy of science at Biola University and associate professor of natural science at Oklahoma Baptist University. He has also served as a senior fellow of the Discovery Institute since 2000 and as co-director of the American Council of Learned Sciences under a $50,000 grant for the Planetarium Cosmology and Cultures Curriculum Project at Oklahoma Baptist University since 1997. Keas and his wife, Christine, have one child: Josiah.
Trustees elected Mark Leeds as assistant professor of systematic theology in the School of Theology in addition to his elected administrative responsibility as registrar and associate vice president for institutional research and assessment. He earned his Ph.D. (2005) and M.Div. (2000) from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and his B.S. in biomedical science from Texas A & M University in 1996. Leeds served as assistant registrar for Southeastern Seminary from 2000 to 2004 before joining Southwestern as registrar. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children: Amber, Jason and Jacob.
Trustees elected Thomas White as associate professor of systematic theology in the School of Theology in addition to his elected administrative responsibility as vice president for student services and communications. He earned his Ph.D. (2005) and M.Div. (2001) from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and his B.A. in English from Anderson College in Anderson, S.C., in 1997. White served as director of leadership development at Southwestern from 2004 to 2006 and director of student life at Southeastern Seminary from 2001 to 2004. He and his wife, Joy, have one child: Rachel.
The seminary reported continued increases in enrollment numbers over previous years. Preliminary numbers indicate overall and new student enrollment for fall 2008 is up over fall 2007. Official enrollment for the 2007-08 academic year was 3,581 students.
L.R. Scarborough Awards
The L.R. Scarborough Award was created in honor of the seminary’s second president. He sustained and furthered the passion for evangelism and missions held by his predecessor, B.H. Carroll. Trustees honored Jack and Barbara MacGorman, Jim and June Richards and John and Virginia Seelig.
J.W. “Jack” MacGorman was born in Canada but came to further his education in the United States. He earned a B.A. from the University of Texas in 1945. Immediately upon graduation, he enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned a B.D. in 1948 and a Th.D. in 1956. He later obtained a Ph.D. from Duke University in 1965. After completing his first degree at Southwestern, he began his 53-year career as a professor. He was a professor of New Testament, serving as regular faculty from 1948-1992. He remained as adjunct faculty until 2001. He is also a published author and respected editor.
Jim Richards earned two undergraduate degrees before starting his seminary education. He has a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Richards served as the senior pastor of churches in Louisiana for 21 years before moving to Arkansas in 1995 to be the director of missions at the Northwest Baptist Association. After serving for three years, he moved to Texas to help establish the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) by accepting the position of executive director. Under his leadership, the convention has increased from 120 to nearly 2,100 churches. Since arriving in Texas, Richards has also been a great friend to Southwestern. The SBTC has given many financial gifts to help the seminary train scholars for ministry. A total of $300,000 has been given toward Southwestern’s new chapel.
John Seelig (B.S. 1946, L.H.D. 1969, M.R.E. 1969) served the seminary faithfully for three decades as vice president for public affairs. Southwestern experienced exponential growth in various capacities during his tenure. Financially, endowment funds increased from $4.4 million to $50 million and assets increased from $13.6 million to more than $100 million. Physically, Southwestern’s campus added eight buildings. Seelig initiated the President’s Club, the Founders’ Circle, the Distinguished Alumni Awards and the B.H. Carroll Awards. He also restructured the Advisory Council. Virginia (B.S. 1946 M.M. 1969) is an accomplished vocalist with performances ranging from opera and musical theater to oratorios and singing for several Billy Graham crusades. She has also performed throughout Europe, the Greek Isles and the Holy Land, including a solo performance in Handel’s Messiah, presented for the king and queen of Jordan. Southwestern Seminary was fortunate to have her as an associate professor of voice for 27 years.
In other business
- A study to explore the timing and appropriate planning of improvements in student housing was approved.
- Trustees approved B.H. Carroll Award recipients for the spring: Bob Lansford and Mr. and Mrs. David Moon.
- The Student Services Committee reported that the Riley Center, the seminary’s conference and guest housing center, continues to grow and positively contribute to the revenue of the seminary.
- Trustees accepted audited financial statements from the Business Administration Committee.