Travis Trawick was elected the new vice president for Institutional Advancement (I.A.) at Southwestern Seminary during the trustees’ fall meeting, Oct. 18. He was recommended for the position by Southwestern President Paige Patterson.

Trawick first came to Southwestern in 2004, completing a Master of Divinity degree in 2008 and subsequently enrolling in the Ph.D. program in systematic theology (which he plans to complete in 2018). He earned his Bachelor of Science in Information Studies/Science from Florida State University in 2003.

Trawick began working part-time in I.A. during his first semester at the seminary and worked his way up to associate vice president by 2016. He characterizes his 13 years with the office as ministering “to the sweet people whom God has brought to Southwestern Seminary” and helping them “as God has touched their hearts to impact the Kingdom work at Southwestern Seminary.” Upon being presented to trustees as Patterson’s candidate for vice president for I.A., Trawick said he is “very excited and honored to be considered to continue this great work and to help minister to the folks who want to help us advance the Gospel through Southwestern.”

Outside of I.A., Trawick has also served as a teaching assistant for systematic theology at Southwestern, and he received the LifeWay Pastoral Leadership Award in 2008. He has extensive ministry experience as well, having worked in college and youth ministry, supply preaching, and evangelism.

Trawick is married to Kristen, whom he met at Southwestern. They have two children, Benjamin and Eliana. He says Matthew 28:18-20 is his mission, and his life verse is 1 Corinthians 4:4—“For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord.”

Trawick will assume the position on Jan. 1, 2018. Current vice president Mike Hughes will remain at Southwestern as special assistant to the president, effective Jan. 1. He will also serve as chairman of the Harold E. Riley Foundation, which supports Southwestern Seminary and Baylor University.