Southeastern academic dean resigns abruptly
    February 3 2010 by Norman Jameson, BR Editor

    David Nelson, dean of the faculty at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, resigned Feb. 3, effective immediately.  

    In an email to the seminary family, he cited both health reasons and a realization that “my gifts and interests may best suit me for another environment.”  

    SEBTS photo

    David Nelson


    He said several health issues, none of them life threatening,  “have nagged me over the last 18 months.” He said their persistence caused him “to consider quality of life, and the relationship of my job to my health.”  

    Relief from responsibilities at Southeastern, he said “will help me to address these issues directly.”  

    Preferring “another environment” in which to continue his career, following the sabbatical he began with his announcement, he said he may pursue “a university setting, where there is a community of scholars from widely-varied disciplines in the arts and sciences.”  

    “What comes next for me remains unknown at this point, but I am confident of God’s leadership through all this,” he said.  

    A staff source at the seminary said Nelson’s leaving should “in no way” be considered a firing.  

    “Dr. Nelson’s resignation is a great loss to me personally,” said Southeastern president Daniel Akin in a press release from the seminary. “His contributions to Southeastern on so many levels are immeasurable. We share a close and blessed friendship and a like-mindedness that is truly a gift from the Lord.”   

    Nelson, who also held the title of senior vice president of academic administration, was on the faculty for more than a decade and was the dean for the past four years.  

    According to the press release, Nelson coined the phrase, “every classroom a Great Commission classroom.” Under his leadership Southeastern developed close working relationships with Southern Baptist mission agencies and launched the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture.  

    Ken Keathley, dean of graduate studies, will serve as interim senior vice president and dean of the faculty until Akin has completed a search for a new dean.    
    2/3/2010 11:52:00 AM by Norman Jameson, BR Editor | with 4 comments




Comments
Curtis Pixler
Dr. Nelson will be greatly missed at Southeastern. I wish him the best as he pursues God's leading at another university or seminary.
2/8/2010 10:07:06 PM

Ken Dowdy
Brother Scarborough, Why so bitter?
2/8/2010 11:11:46 AM

Thomas Kiker
Why speak towards an issue you have no knowledge about?
2/5/2010 3:18:22 PM

Gene Scarborough
As with all GCR changes--there is the story---and then the "real story." The real on always comes out in time!
2/5/2010 2:32:27 PM

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