Trustees elect women’s programs dean, meet expanding needs of Southwestern

Trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary approved the new position of dean of women’s programs, expanded the academic administration in the provost’s office, elected 10 faculty members, and approved a new master’s-level program in archaeology during their spring meeting, March 3.

Dean of women’s programs

Noting the strength and expanded offerings up to doctoral-level studies in women’s programs at Southwestern, trustees elected Terri Stovall dean of women's programs and associate professor of women's ministries. Stovall has taught adult education and church administration in the School of Educational Ministries and has been the director of women’s programs since 2002.

"This is a new dean position at Southwestern,” said Craig Blaising, provost and executive vice president. “Dr. Stovall has done very well directing women’s programs, and we are happy she has taken on these increased responsibilities.”

“We are pleased with what is happening in the area of women’s studies: It is very important,” said Van McClain, chairman of trustees.

Stovall has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Corpus Christi State University, and a Master of Arts in Religious Education and Doctor of Philosophy from Southwestern Seminary. She has held staff positions at Fielder Road Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, and Handley Baptist Church in Fort Worth. She has been vice president and president for the Fort Worth Chapter of the Association of Church Business Administration, and treasurer of the Southern Baptist Church Business Administration Association.

Academic administrator

            Edward H. Pauley, 67, was elected vice provost for academic programs. Pauley has a Bachelor of Arts from Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from Boston University. His background in academic administration spans 40 years, having served in academic departments at the University of Rhode Island, Biola University, Eastern College (now Eastern University), International Christian Graduate University in San Bernardino, Calif., and Dallas Baptist University.

He is author of numerous books and articles including “Footsteps to Follow” and “Women's Devotional Prayer Journal” both published by Word.

“Dr. Pauley will be a great help to our academic administration at the seminary, especially with the new academic programs trustees voted on today," Blaising said.

Election of 10 professors

School of Theology

Scott M. Preissler, 46, was elected professor of stewardship in the School of Theology. Trustees also voted for him to occupy the Bobby L. and Janis Eklund Chair of Stewardship when it is inaugurated this fall.

Preissler is executive director of The International Center for Steward Leadership, and was dean and founder of The Meyer Institute for Stewardship Leadership. He has a B.A. in business and ministry leadership from Taylor University in Indiana, a Master of Science in higher education leadership and Master of Arts in philanthropic studies and nonprofit leadership from Indiana University, and a PhD in stewardship studies and nonprofit leadership from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“With his knowledge of stewardship and nonprofit leadership, I think Dr. Preissler brings a dimension to the School of Theology that is going to be advantageous to our students as they relate to both church and para-church groups,” said David Allen, dean of the School of Theology. “I am very excited about him being here.”

Trustees elected Joshua Williams, 31, assistant professor of Old Testament in the School of Theology. He has a B.A. from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., and an MDiv and PhD from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical  Literature. Prior to accepting this position at Southwestern, his previous positions included teaching Latin at North Raleigh Christian Academy.

Trustees elected Robert Caldwell, 38, assistant professor of church history in the School of Theology. Caldwell has two master’s degree and a doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and his bachelor’s degree is from Northwestern University. His recent book “Communion in the Spirit: The Holy Spirit as the Bond of Union in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards” was recently published by Paternoster (U.K.) and Wipf & Stock (U.S.). He has been teaching at Southwestern under presidential appointment for three years.

“Dr. Williams and Dr. Caldwell are a young scholars who bring vitality and new energy,” Allen said. “They are solid, conservative scholars who are already distinguishing themselves in the classroom.”

The School of Church Music

Stephen Johnson, dean of the School of Church Music, was thrilled with the election of three respected, experienced, and highly-qualified Christian musicians to the faculty of his school.

Jazz performer and accomplished composer Joe Hardin, 40, was elected associate professor of church music in the School of Church Music. Hardin has a Master of Music in trumpet performance from Dallas Baptist University, and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

He has held teaching positions at Appalachian State University, College of the Ozarks, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Cedarville College in Ohio. He is leading the Chapel Orchestra during the seminary’s weekly chapel services.

“With expertise in composition, trumpet performance and jazz, Dr. Hardin is a valuable asset to our seminary,” Johnson said. “He is leading our students to deepen the more contemporary forms of worship by looking at the literature of jazz, the predecessor of the praise band …  As a man after God's own heart, Dr. Hardin has continuously pointed our students to the scriptures and to Christ.”

Trustees elected Tom Kemsup Song, 57, associate professor of church music in the School of Church Music, and selected him to occupy the Thad Roberts Chair of Church Music Ministry.

A native of Korea, Song holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from Jung-Ang University, an MDiv in church music from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Mississippi College. For 13 years he was minister of music for the 15,000-member Suwon Central Baptist Church founded by Dr. Billy Kim in Korea. In addition to expertise in directing church music groups of all sizes, Song is an accomplished vocalist who has performed leading roles in operas such as “Carmen,” “The Barber of Seville,” “La Traviata,” and “Rogoletto.”

“Professor Song … comes with a tremendous spirit of humility and seeks to encourage our students on a continual basis,” Johnson said. “It is clear by his actions and his words everything that he does is for ministry. He seeks to be God's servant wherever he goes. We are truly blessed to have him as an essential addition to our faculty.”

David Thye (pronounced "tee"), 50, was elected professor of church music in the School of Church Music. Trustees also voted to install him in the Robert L. Burton Chair of Conducting, effective Aug. 1.

Since 2005, Thye has been conductor-in-residence for MidAmerica Productions in New York City, the company that produces classical concerts featuring soloists and choral and instrumental organizations from around the world for performances in Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center. According to Johnson, Thye will be based in Fort Worth but will continue his relationships and duties with these world-class musical venues in New York.

Thye has been a guest conductor and lecturer at more than 300 colleges, high schools, churches and music organizations, and conducted more than 150 oratorios, operas, choral masterworks, musicals, and large-scale music productions. His B.A. is from the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota, and his M.M. and D.M.A. are from the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music.

“David comes with a deep heart for developing Christian character in the lives of our students,” Johnson said. “Excellence is to be assumed, and thus his focus is on ministering to the community in which he is placed ... He is dedicated to being a light in the Fort Worth community by showing kindness and the love of Christ as he leads our students, the Oratorio Chorus, and at times, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.”

The School of Educational Ministries

Trustees elected Chris Shirley, 47, assistant professor of adult ministry in the School of Educational Ministries. He comes to Southwestern from Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth where he has been associate pastor for Christian development for 10 years. He has taught adjunctively at Southwestern since 1999. Shirley holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Belmont University in Nashville, and a Master of Arts in Christian Education and PhD from Southwestern Seminary.

“Dr. Shirley fills a need we had to be able to train graduates to go into churches and set up ministries from newborns all the way through senior adults,” said Robert Welch, dean of the School of Educational Ministries. “We are very happy he has come on board. He is good friends with many of our professors already, and he has so many good ideas for our programs. He has a proven track record already. His student evaluations from his classes are often some of the highest we have.”

The College at Southwestern

Harvey E. Solganick, 62, was elected professor of humanities in The College at Southwestern. He has a B.A. and Master of Education from the University of North Texas (formerly North Texas State University), a Master of Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University, and a PhD in humanities and rhetoric from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has done graduate studies at the University of Heidelberg International Institute and the Goethe Institute in Germany.

Solganick is a well-respected scholar who comes to Southwestern from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. He has been on the teaching faculties of Missouri Baptist College of St. Louis, Eastfield College in Dallas, Tarrant County Junior College, and Texarkana College. He has won academic awards and fellowships, and contributed articles to numerous academic journals, particularly in the area of Christian ethics.

Lee Williams, 55, was elected associate professor of history in The College at Southwestern. Williams has his B.A. from Oklahoma Baptist University, and an M.A. in U.S. and European history and PhD in U.S. History from the University of Arizona. His PhD dissertation was titled “Civil War and Reconstruction in the Yazoo Mississippi Delta, 1863-1875.” Williams studied under Heiko Oberman, a highly-acclaimed Reformation scholar.

His work experiences include teaching junior high mathematics and directing computer system administration and security for a corporation in Burlington, Mass. He has taught on the faculties of Southern New Hampshire University (formerly New Hampshire College) in Manchester, the University of Arizona, Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., and Henan University of Science & Technology in Luoyon, China.

“The College could not be more blessed in having these two godly scholars join our ranks because together they represent the perfect balance of our Bible-based, classics-based curriculum,” said Emir Caner, dean of The College at Southwestern. “Both are thoroughly equipped, academically and spiritually, to teach students biblical distinctives and apologetics. More importantly, these two men are wonderful examples of true Christian character and witness.”

J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies

Paul Li-Tah Chen, 55, was elected assistant professor of Old Testament in the J. Dalton Havard School of Theological Studies in Houston. He has taught there adjunctively since 2005, and has held academic posts at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Seminario Teologico Servo de Cristo in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Chen has a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, an MDiv from Witness Theological Seminary in Sao Paolo, a Master of Sacred Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a PhD from Trinity.

“We are delighted that Dr. Chen was elected to our expanding faculty here at the Havard School,” said Denny Autrey, dean of the Houston-based school. “He is a renowned Old Testament scholar, a gentleman who is thorough in his understanding of the Old Testament, and he is also gracious in dealing with students. Dr. Chen is a great addition to our resident faculty.”

Archaeology degree approved

Trustees unanimously approved what is the nation’s only program currently offering a Master of Arts in archeology and biblical studies. The program will be administered through the School of Theology. This graduate-level degree offers advanced work in the classical archaeological  disciplines of archaeological methods; fieldwork; archaeological, historical and biblical backgrounds; and ancient biblical and cognate languages.

“It is a 98-hour, comprehensive program that will be the premier program of its kind in the United States” said David Kammler, chairman of the trustees’ Academic Administration committee and professor of mathematics at Southern Illinios University at Carbondale.

“I am personally delighted that the seminary is going in this direction,” said trustee chairman McClain. “As a professor of Old Testament, I know there is a great need.”

“Our new archeology program is developing and is critically important [because] archaeology programs in our seminaries have ceased to exist,” said President Paige Patterson. “Yet there is both apologetic and educational value in these studies.”

Steven Ortiz, associate professor of archaeology and biblical backgrounds and director of Southwestern’s Charles C. Tandy Museum, was impressed by the trustees’ action.

 “I am encouraged by the boldness and visionary leadership of the trustees to support our new archaeology program,” Ortiz said afterwards. “This program will be preparing students for the field of archaeology and also bringing Southwestern back as a major contributor to current biblical archaeological research.”

In other business

-         Wesley O. Black, professor of youth and student ministry at Southwestern since 1983, was voted to occupy the Jack D. and Barbara Terry Chair of Religious Education in the School of Educational Ministries.

-         Trustees approved major revisions to the Advanced Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Worship, and Master of Music degrees.

-         Trustees adopted written guidelines for themselves titled “Responsibilities and Duties of Trustees.”

-         The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention approved the seminary’s fundraising efforts to finance a new, 3,500-seat chapel and a building to house the Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions. Trustees approved moving forward with fundraising plans according to the Excutive Committee’s guidelines, under a campaign titled “Preparing Tomorrow’s Ministers Until Jesus Comes.”

-         Stacy Taylor (Chair), Larry Burns, Geoffrey Kolander, Paul Redmon, Joseph C. Sleeth Jr., Ralph E. Smith and Steve Spotts were elected to the Southwestern Seminary Foundation board.

-         Trustees Mike Eklund, Harlan Lee, and Jack Smith, and non-trustees Lee Weaver, Jerry Yowell, and Richard Headrick were elected to annual terms as directors of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Development Foundation, Inc.

-         A $36,109,966 seminary budget was approved for the 2007-2008 fiscal year. This represents a 5.48 percent increase over FY 2006-2007.

-         Trustees unanimously nominated and elected Van McClain (N.Y.) to a second one-year term as chairman of trustees, John Mark Caton (at-large) as vice-chairman, and Harlan Lee (Ariz.) as secretary.


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