Paul Powell, Truett Seminary dean, will retire May 31 and David E. Garland will begin his term as dean June 1. Garland is the associate dean for academic affairs and holds the William B. Hinson Chair of Christian Scriptures.
A former Baylor regent and chairman, Powell was appointed Truett dean in 2001. The seminary's enrollment more than doubled to 381 students and its endowment increased to more than $38 million during his tenure.
"I would say of Paul Powell what (former Houston Oilers football coach) Bum Phillips once said about Earl Campbell: 'He might not be in a class by himself, but it surely doesn't take long to call the roll,'" said Provost Randall O'Brien.
Powell will be special assistant to the dean of the seminary.
"Being dean of Truett Seminary has been a wonderful way to cap off my career," Powell said. "I came to help give a clear identity to the school, to help people realize that we are a Christ-centered, Bible-based seminary committed to our historic Baptist principles. Our mission is to train the next generation of ministers and missionaries. While older and more established seminaries are in decline, Truett is emerging as the seminary choice among true Baptists."
An honored New Testament scholar and author, Garland began at Truett in 1997 as professor of Christian scriptures and was appointed to the Hinson Chair in 2005. He was appointed associate dean for academic affairs at Truett in 2001, as Powell began as dean.
Before coming to Baylor, Garland taught more than 20 years at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. A magna cum laude graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and U.S. Navy veteran, Garland received his master of divinity and doctoral degrees from SBTS and also completed postgraduate work at Eberhardt-Karls Universität in Tnbingen, Germany, and Macquarrie University in Sydney, Australia.
He is the author or co-author of 17 books. His wife, Diana R. Garland, is dean of Baylor's School of Social Work.
Also on June 1, Pattie Orr, a Wellesley College staff member, will become vice president for information technology and dean of libraries June 1. She will succeed William B. Hair III, interim dean of libraries, and Rebecca L. King, interim chief information officer.
Orr was director of user services and the policy and planning officer in the information services division at Wellesley.
Hair, associate dean and director of the University Libraries, and King, director of information systems and services, assumed responsibilities previously held by Reagan M. Ramsower, dean of libraries and CIO.
Orr will lead an information technology organization that provides administrative and academic technology services, technology infrastructure, library services and support for digital assets. She received a bachelor of science degree in education summa cum laude from Abilene Christian University in 1975 and her master's degree in education from Lesly College in Cambridge, Mass., in 1994. She is pursuing a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Orr and her husband Steve will join their daughter, Ivy Hamerly, who is completing her doctorate in political science from the University of California at San Diego and has been appointed to a tenure-track position beginning in the fall. Their son-in-law, Greg Hamerly, is an assistant professor of computer science.