Around the State: Blackburn begins tenure at ETBU

Cabinet members of East Texas Baptist University laid hands on President Blair Blackburn and prayed for him as he began his tenure at the school in Marshall. ETBU staff and faculty gathered at an ice cream reception for the new president on his first day at the university.  (PHOTO: ETBU/Mike Midkiff)

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Cabinet members of East Texas Baptist University laid hands on President Blair Blackburn and prayed for him as he began his tenure at the school in Marshall (see photo above). Blackburn, who had been executive vice president at Dallas Baptist University since 2002, succeeds Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver, who became president of Union University in Jackson, Tenn., last June.

hpu sumners scholars425Students (left to right) Carrie Leach, Sydney Spencer, Danielle Parkhurst and Sydnee Petty were selected for Howard Payne University’s Sumners Scholar program.Howard Payne University accepted Carrie Leach of Hurst, Danielle Parkhurst of Alleyton, Sydnee Petty of Early and Sydney Spencer of Georgetown into its Sumners Scholar program based on their academic excellence, sense of civic responsibility and leadership potential. Each will receive a $7,500-per-semester stipend to be used for tuition, fees, books or room and board. Participants also have opportunities to attend annual leadership and policy analysis conferences to supplement their learning and expand their growth potential. 

Dallas Baptist University named Joe Matos, professor of biblical studies, adviser of the year. He came to the university in 1998 and became a full-time faculty member in 2001.

Anniversary

First Baptist Church in Lorenzo, 100th, July 5. Ronnie Ledbetter is pastor.

Retiring

Billy Anderson, after 21 years as pastor of Victory Baptist Church in Groesbeck and 58 years of ministry. He also spent 20 of his 22 years of military service as a U.S. Army chaplain, where he attained the rank of major. 

Ordained

John White Jr. and Warren Miller Jr. as deacons at Victory Baptist Church in Groesbeck.


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