Around the State: International association moves to DBU

Snow blanketed the Dallas Baptist University campus on Feb. 15. (DBU Photo)

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The International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities—an organization that seeks to advance Baptist higher education through connection, collaboration and sharing best practices—has moved its home office from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., to the Dallas Baptist University campus. “Christian higher education is at a crossroads,” said Ashley Hill, executive secretary of the association. “Never before in history have there been greater challenges, but with great challenges come great opportunities.” The association’s goal is “to ensure that our Baptist colleges, universities and seminaries band together to weather these days and come out better positioned to serve students as they seek to serve the Lord,” she said. It sponsors an annual conference each summer, publishes The Baptist Educator journal and hosts webinars, fellowships, mentoring programs, and other services. Hill earned her undergraduate degree from Auburn University and a Master of Arts in Professional Development degree with a concentration in higher education from DBU. She is pursuing an Ed.D. in higher education administration from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She and her husband Jonathan have two daughters—Patterson, who is in the seventh grade; and Mary Anneliese, a freshman at DBU.

Howard Payne University has postponed its Spring Family Reunion, originally scheduled for Feb. 20. The move was prompted by the American Southwest Conference’s decision to postpone competition through Feb. 21 due to extreme weather conditions. HPU’s event was to feature tailgate activities prior to the HPU football game at Gordon Wood Stadium. The university will announce a rescheduled date and other related details when finalized.

Katie Evans was named dean of the College of Science and Engineering and professor of mathematics at Houston Baptist University. For the past 16 years, Evans was a professor and administrator at Louisiana Tech University. President Robert Sloan said Evans’ “academic experience, commitments to teaching and research, personal faith and history of administrative excellence make her a great fit for this important role at HBU.” Her appointment at HBU is effective beginning July 1. As a first-generation college student, Evans graduated summa cum laude in mathematics from Morehead State University, then earned her Master of Science Degree and doctorate in mathematics from Virginia Tech. After a postdoctoral research experience in mechanical engineering at Oregon State University, she began her academic career at Louisiana Tech.



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