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Truett to get new academic officer

Jan. 30, 2001

Professor to start post alongside seminary's dean



President Robert B. Sloan Jr. announced Friday the appointment of Dr. David Garland to fill a new post in the administration of George W. Truett Theological Seminary.

Garland, currently a professor of Christian Scriptures at Truett, becomes the seminary's first associate dean of academic affairs. He will take office on Feb. 26, the same day Dr. Paul Powell is set to begin his tenure as dean of the seminary.

Dr. Donald Schmeltekopf, provost and vice president of academic affairs, said that Powell recommended creating the new position to oversee the academic affairs of the seminary.

'Paul Powell has not had any experience in running an academic unit of a university. His background is primarily that of a pastor,' Schmeltekopf said. 'He right away said he would need help administering the seminary internally, especially the academic part.'

Garland said the new position was necessary to move the seminary forward in its goal of continued academic excellence.

'This is ideal because it is extremely difficult for a dean to do all the things that are necessary for Truett in relation to fund raising and communicating with Texas Baptists while still handling the teaching responsibilities and academic side of the seminary,' Garland said.

The new administrative position will handle the academic affairs of the seminary that had previously been managed directly by the dean. Schmeltekopf said this will enable the new dean to focus on increasing outside support for the seminary.

'Paul Powell is going to spend most of his time raising funds for the seminary and working with Baptist pastors across Texas and elsewhere building external support for the seminary,' Schmeltekopf said. 'That being the case, someone will need to take care of the day to day academic programs of the seminary.'

As associate dean of academic affairs, Garland said he plans to accommodate the growth potential of the seminary by adding both faculty and curriculum, especially in the area of missions.

Garland will continue to teach at Truett after he assumes the position of associate dean, but his course load will be reduced to make room for his administrative duties.

Garland joined the Truett faculty in 1997. He previously taught at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., where he also fulfilled administrative duties as chairman of the school's Biblical Division from 1992 to 1997.