FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Trustees at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary approved the 2009-10 budget, a Christian School Education concentration in the Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE) degree program, elected a faculty member and promoted another at their spring meeting, April 8.

The seminary’s board of trustees approved the 2009-10 annual budget, which includes no tuition increases for the upcoming academic year. The move confirms the administration and trustees’ commitment to protect students from the burden of increased tuition in a financially uncertain time. Tuition for Southern Baptist students in the College at Southwestern will remain at $208 per semester hour. Tuition for Southern Baptist students in the master’s programs will remain at $173 per semester hour. Doctoral programs will also remain at the current tuition rates. The zero deficit budget is an 8.5 percent reduction from the 2008-09 budget.

Christian School Education Concentration
Trustees approved a 15-hour Christian School Education concentration within the MACE, which provides students with a focus on skills and knowledge related to creating and managing Christian school education. Courses for the concentration include Philosophy of Christian School Education, Christian School Curriculum, Methods and Instructional Strategies, Christian School Administration, and Christian School Legal Issues and Finance.

Faculty elected and promoted
Trustees elected Karen Kennemur as assistant professor of children’s ministry in the School of Educational Ministries, effective August 1, 2009. Kennemur earned both her Ph.D. in Childhood Education (2008) and MACE (2003) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University in 1983. She served as director of the curriculum center for the School of Educational Ministries from 2003-06 and as a graduate assistant and instructor of children’s ministry at Southwestern from 2002-06. Prior to her service at Southwestern, she served as children’s minister at two North Texas churches and director of the pre-Kindergarten program at Spring Baptist Church in Spring, Texas.

Trustees also promoted William Colson to distinguished professor of music theory and composition in the School of Church Music, effective immediately. Colson has served at Southwestern since 1971 and holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in composition degrees from the University of Illinois. He also earned a music degree in composition from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He serves on the Commission on Academic Activities and Standards of the Texas Association of Music Schools. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Schenkerian Studies, a peer-reviewed journal published by the Institute for Schenkerian Studies of the University of North Texas.

President’s Report
President Paige Patterson gave his president’s report to the trustees, noting the many things happening at Southwestern. He recognized the School of Educational Ministries and their recent Youth Ministry Lab, which boasted a registration of 1,344, the highest ever in its 41-year history.

Patterson also reported students’ efforts in evangelism, including the Spring Evangelism Practicum over spring break and a report from a professor at the Havard School in Houston, detailing that 14 of his students have told him of their personal evangelism resulting in 10 professions of faith.

In other business
- Gary Ledbetter was announced as the recipient of the seminary’s 2009 Distinguished Alumnus award to be presented at the SBC annual meeting in June. Ledbetter is editor of the Southern Baptist Texan, the state paper of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.  During the meeting, the trustees received a copy of Ledbetter’s book documenting the history of the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention, titled The Day of Small Things 1998-2008.

- The Student Services committee announced that the Riley Center, the seminary’s conference and guest housing center, reported that conference revenue is up nearly nine percent, guest room revenue is up 10 percent and the center continues to serve as a profitable asset for the seminary.