Dr. David E. Garland accepted the appointment as Baylor University interim president on May 26, 2016, and began his service on June 1, 2016.
Garland is professor of Christian Scriptures at Baylor's George W. Truett Theological Seminary, where he also served as the seminary’s fourth dean from June 2007 to June 2015. During this time, he also served as interim president of Baylor from August 2008 through May 2010 and as interim provost from July 2014 to June 2015.
Garland joined the seminary faculty in 1997 as professor of Christian scriptures, was appointed associate dean for academic affairs in 2001, and was named The William M. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures in 2005. In addition to his research, teaching and administrative duties, he directed Truett's self-studies for accreditation by the Association of Theological Schools from 2000-02 and 2005-07. He was honored to have The David E. Garland Chair of Preaching provided for the seminary through the initial gift of an anonymous donor and the subsequent gifts from others.
Before joining the Truett faculty, Dr. Garland served as The Ernest and Mildred Hogan Professor of New Testament and chair of the Biblical Division at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he taught for 21 years.
A magna cum laude graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and U.S. Navy veteran, he received his master of divinity and doctoral degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and also completed postgraduate work at Eberhardt-Karls Universitat in Taübingen, Germany, and Macquarrie University in Sydney, Australia. He is an elected member of the prestigious Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.
Dr. Garland has authored, co-authored and edited 23 books, which include commentaries on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Colossians and Philemon, and 1 and 2 Corinthians, and the Theology of Mark, and Acts. He also has published more than 50 academic journal articles. He and his late wife, Diana, inaugural dean and namesake of Baylor's Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, published Flawed Families of the Bible: How God's Grace Works through Imperfect Relationships.