Around the State: Super Summer under way; Baylor adds to provost’s office

Students enjoy a Super Summer session at Howard Payne University.

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HPU SuperSummer 300Super Summer at Howard Payne UniversitySeven Super Summer schools of Christian leadership are under way at six Texas Baptist schools. Super Summer sessions were held in June at East Texas Baptist University, Hardin-Simmons University, Dallas Baptist University, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Howard Payne University. Sessions are scheduled July 18-22 at Houston Baptist University and Hardin-Simmons University. This marks the 43rd year the Baptist General Convention of Texas has offered Super Summer camps.

Baylor University named three individuals to leadership posts in the provost’s office—Michelle Berry as vice president for academic operations and strategic finance; Lori Baker as vice provost for strategic initiatives, collaboration and leadership development; and Darin Davis as vice president for university mission.

Kylah Clark Goff 200Kylah Clark-Goff Howard Payne University appointed Kylah Clark-Goff dean of the university’s School of Education. Clark-Goff most recently served six years as assistant professor at Tarleton State University. Prior to that, she served as an elementary school teacher in a private Christian school in Maryland, as well as in public school districts in Crowley, Mansfield and Abilene. She also taught English-as-a-Foreign-Language courses in Mozambique and Jordan through the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board. She earned an undergraduate degree in education with a specialization in early childhood education from Baylor University in 1995. She went on to earn a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2001 and a doctor of philosophy degree in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University in 2008.

Clay Jacobson joined the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board staff as church starter for Northeast Texas. Previously, he was pastor of Lamar Street Baptist Church in Sweetwater.

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will launch “MyWay”—the school’s first online, self-paced, competency-based program—in mid-August. The transfer-credit-friendly program is designed for students who have taken other college courses—perhaps from multiple institutions—but never completed a degree. Students pay $3,000 for a six-month subscription to the program, and during that time, students can complete as many competencies as they are able to demonstrate they have mastered. For more information, click here.

Dallas Baptist University will launch a master of arts in Christian counseling program in the fall semester. The 36-hour non-licensure program provides both counseling foundation and sound psychological theory while integrating biblical principles and servant leadership. Graduates will be prepared to use their skills in various areas, including the local church, denominational agencies and ministry-based organizations. For more information, call (214) 333-5883 or email


Toby T. Irwin, 10th, as pastor at Belmore Baptist Church in San Angelo.

Darren Dement, 20th, as minister to students at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas.

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