WACO—A search committee has been named to find the next dean of Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary.
David Garland stepped down from the dean’s post June 1 when he assumed the role of Baylor’s interim provost, and Baylor President Ken Starr appointed Larry Lyon, vice provost and dean of the graduate school, to chair the search committee.
Chris Rios, assistant dean of graduate studies at Baylor, will serve as search manager to oversee and facilitate day-to-day operations, Lyon announced.
Six other members of the search committee represent Truett Seminary—Andy Arterbury, associate professor of Christian Scriptures; Kimlyn Bender, associate professor of Christian theology; Jan Cason, financial manager; Joel Gregory, professor of preaching; Roger Olson, professor of Christian theology and holder of the Foy Valentine Professorship in Christian Ethics; and Mike Stroope, associate professor and holder of the M.C. Shook Chair of Christian Missions.
“The search will be national in scope, considering promising candidates both from within the university and beyond,” Lyon said.
After the search committee develops a job description and position announcement, it will begin accepting applications and nominations for Garland’s successor, he said.
Garland has served on the Truett faculty since 1997, was appointed the seminary’s associate dean for academic affairs in 2001 and was dean from 2007 until this summer. He served Baylor as interim president from August 2008 to May 2010. When his time as Baylor’s interim provost ends, Garland plans to return to Truett as professor of Christian Scriptures.