Cogdill to step down as CU Divinity School dean
    November 20 2009 by Campbell University

    BUIES CREEK — Michael Cogdill, founding dean and professor of pastoral leadership at the Campbell University Divinity School, has announced his desire to step down from his current post at the conclusion of the 2009-2010 academic year. Cogdill will begin service as a full-time faculty member in the divinity school.

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    Michael Cogdill

    Cogdill has served as the divinity school’s only dean since his appointment in December 1995. During the last 14 years, he has led the school to numerous accomplishments. Among them are the recruitment of an experienced and knowledgeable faculty, the development of an innovative curriculum, the building of a solid endowment, the achievement of the school’s full accreditation and the strengthening of church ties throughout Baptist and other circles.  

    Under his leadership, the divinity school also saw the creation of a doctor of ministry degree program. In recent years, he helped guide the work of the Butler Chapel Campaign Cabinet resulting in the building of Campbell’s first-ever chapel.

    “In 1995 it was Campbell University’s good fortune to position Mike Cogdill as founding dean of the divinity school.  In the ensuing years he has led the divinity school in superb fashion,” said Jerry Wallace, Campbell’s president. “While we shall miss his leadership, we are pleased that as a professor of pastoral leadership he will continue at Campbell to bring his considerable knowledge and skill to bear in the training of Christian ministers.”

     In a prepared statement, Cogdill shares the following words with the divinity school faculty, staff, and students:  “It has been a dream come true to serve as the founding dean of the divinity school. I care deeply for the welfare of the school, and for all of its faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends. It is now time in my life to give thanks for this wonderful chapter of ministry, and to embrace the new opportunities for the future. I look forward to continuing to help the divinity school prosper and grow as a full-time member of the faculty.”

    The university will form a search committee in the coming weeks to select the next dean.

    11/20/2009 4:49:00 AM by Campbell University | with 3 comments

Del Parkerson
Mike, your leadership in founding and developing Campbell University's Divinity School has been singularly outstanding. In developing a very creative curriculum you have set a standard that other divinity schools would be wise to follow. I don't know how you do all that you do, but it has all contained the mark of excellence. I'm glad you are going to remain on the faculty. One day you will hear these words from the Lord of Lords andKing of Kings, "Well done, good and faithful servant!"
11/21/2009 9:08:28 AM

Gene Scarborough
I could not say it any better than my new friend, Jim Willingham!

Best of luck and some fewer strains on your valuable influence.
11/20/2009 8:58:47 PM

Dr. James Willingham
Congratulations to Mike for his service as dean and in his cheerful demeanor in his relationships with North Carolina Baptist ministers. His cordiality is one of the things I have noted about Dr. Cogdill every since our years at SEBTS. We wish him many more years as professor of pastoral leadership. Would that we al could be so thoughtful and considerate.
11/20/2009 11:34:17 AM

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