SEBTS president searches for new president
October 17 2003 by Steve DeVane , BR Managing Editor

SEBTS searches for new president | Friday, Oct. 17, 2003
  • A proven, godly leader;
  • Committed to conservative theology;
  • In agreement with the school's abstract of principles and the 2000 version of the Baptist Faith and Message;
  • Able to deal with students, faculty and staff;
  • Familiar with funding issues and donors;
  • A capable, expository preacher;
  • Courageous, visionary leadership;
  • A thorough understanding of the purpose of the seminary;
  • A heartbeat for missions and evangelism;
  • Good people skills;
  • Able to represent the school;
  • Able to recruit students;
  • Academic achievement; and
  • A supportive wife.

    "He represents the school wherever he goes, to churches and in churches to prospective donors and students," Lewis said.

    The characteristics listed by Lewis are similar to those suggested by Patterson in his last meeting with trustees in July.

    During their meeting Oct. 14, the trustees voted unanimously to leave it to the search committee's discretion regarding how much information to provide trustees before a special called meeting to consider a candidate for president.

    Lewis said the action was taken to protect the candidate, who will likely be working somewhere else when he is considered for the SEBTS position.

    In other action, the trustees responded to a motion at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting asking that the school accept money from any Baptist. The response says the school will continue to follow SBC guidelines, but reserves the right to accept or reject any gift outside the Cooperative Program.

    "The decision to accept or reject is based on the gift's impact on the mission of the institution in light of the beliefs set forth in the Baptist Faith & Message 2000 and our effort to glorify God," the seminary statement said.

    The SEBTS trustees also held two closed meetings for a total of about an hour and a half.

    The trustees were also told that N.C. students attending the seminary's college program will get $1,800 a year under a bill recently passed by the N.C. General assembly. Students in the school pay tuition of $145 per credit hour, meaning a student taking 15 hours per semester pays $4,350 a year. That cost does not include room, food or other expenses.

    School officials said tuition at the school will likely increase next year.

  • Friday, Oct. 17, 2003

    SEBTS searches for new president

    By Steve DeVane BR Managing Editor

    WAKE FOREST - Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary's (SEBTS) new president could be a pastor, an academic or a denominational employee, the head of the search committee said.

    SEBTS has been searching for a new leader since Paige Patterson left in July to become president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Patterson had led the seminary for 11 years.

    Timothy D. Lewis, who serves as chairman of the committee and the SEBTS trustees, said in an interview after the trustees meeting Oct. 14 that the committee has "substantially" narrowed its search from a list of less than 50 candidates. Lewis said it's too soon to say when a president may be named.

    "We're still seemingly far away," he said.

    Lewis said the new president will not have to be well known in Southern Baptist circles. He said the man who takes over the reins at SEBTS could come from the pastorate, an academic setting or a denominational position.

    "All of them are a little different, ... but can prepare you to be a seminary leader," he said.

    Lewis said the search committee has met three times. Committee members talked with faculty and staff members about the type of person they want as president. They also got information from the school's Board of Visitors, he said.

    The committee has developed a profile to help in the search, Lewis said. Among the qualities desired in the new president are:

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