Former Southern Seminary Dean Joins Baylor, Advocacy Center

Aug. 27, 1998

Dr. Anne Davis, founding dean of Southern Seminary's Carver School of Church Social Work, has joined Baylor University as a consultant to Baylor's new master's in social work (MSW) program, the only program of its kind in Baptist and mainline Protestant institutions.

Davis, who retired from Southern Seminary in 1995 after 25 years, also will serve as part-time director of operations for Waco's Advocacy Center For Crime Victims and Children.

Davis is assisting Dr. Preston Dyer, director of Baylor's division of social work, and Dr. Diana Garland, coordinator of the MSW program, in the development of the university's new graduate social work program.

Beginning in 1999, the new graduate degree will offer students social work specialization in a number of career areas including religious organizations, faith communities and other professional social work settings.

Though retired, Davis said she moved from Kentucky to Waco because she believes in the MSW program which offers students career preparation for a variety of social work areas.

"I am really interested in what Baylor is doing and I want to invest myself in the program, " Davis said. "I think Baylor is on the right track and I would like to give Baylor the experience that I have."

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