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Summer 2003 Rapport: Annual Report 2002-2003

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From the Office of the Academic Dean...

Dr. Joe Castleberry
Academic Dean

This year has been one of transition. Dr. Edgar Lee retired from the post of Vice President for Academic Affairs after 14 years of outstanding leadership. During those years the seminary matured academically and established a reputation for excellence so notable that the Association of Theological Schools is using our accreditation self-study as a model for other seminaries to follow.

Dr. Richard Dresselhaus agreed to serve as interim dean. During his semester of service, Dr. Dresselhaus delighted faculty, staff, and students alike with his keen intellect and the wisdom of over 40 years of pastoral experience and denominational leadership. His example of integrating scholarship and ministry was inspirational.

As I began my duties as academic dean in January 2003, I faced the challenge of continuing the tradition of academic excellence and ministerial relevance that my predecessors had established. At the same time, I needed to plan for the future.

I have identified a number of issues upon which to focus in guiding us into God’s future. These include:

  • a significant year-long revision of our curriculum;
  • a program designed to create a more vigorous culture of research, writing, and publication throughout the seminary community;
  • a new emphasis on church planting that will not only train prospective church planters but also link them to opportunities around the USA;
  • and the development of a new program for training missionaries for the Muslim World.

God has assembled a great administrative team to work with a world-class faculty. Pray with us that he will add his grace to our work so that we can provide the kind of graduate training that will fulfill our mission to form servant leaders to revitalize the church and evangelize the world.

Updated: Wednesday, November 12, 2003 2:26 PM


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