FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has announced the creation of a new position within its student services division, naming Kyle Walker as dean of students. Walker, who has served as director of the school’s admissions office since 2010, will continue in his current role and add responsibilities in the area of student life.

“Kyle Walker has been a proven leader as director of admissions the last four years, overseeing the work during a strategic time in the life of the seminary,” said Vice President for Student Services and Communications Steven Smith.

“As dean of students, Kyle will continue to serve as the head of admissions as well as serve as the student life director. As such, he will be charged with assessing the student life needs of the campus and relating to the various offices on campus.

“The goal is to move student life from the backdrop to the front burner, creating a culture of brokenness for the lost and love for God and His word amid our already present culture of academic rigor. We believe Kyle can be used to do this, and we are thrilled about the future under his leadership.”

Walker plans to continue introducing prospective students to Southwestern and aiding them in the admissions process. Additionally, he wants to focus on the student body by “deepening the culture of student life and discipleship on campus.”

“I am excited and humbled to have the privilege of serving the Lord and Southwestern in this capacity,” Walker said. “I love Southwestern deeply, and the chance to serve its students further thrills me more than I can say.

“Overall, my goal as the Southwestern dean of students is to ensure that students successfully complete their academic training for ministry, and that most of all they grow ‘in the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ’ (Eph. 4:13),” Walker said.

Walker is currently in the dissertation stage of his Ph.D. in preaching and systematic theology at Southwestern. He earned his bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from the University of Alabama and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Seminary. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys hunting, fishing, sports, and spending time with his wife and family.