By Will Hall, Baptist Message executive editor
FORT WORTH, Texas (LBM) – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees have elected David S. Dockery as the 10th president of the institution and O.S. Hawkins to the new role of chancellor.
Dockery had been serving as interim president, and Hawkins was acting as senior adviser and ambassador at large.
Dockery succeeds Adam Greenway who resigned amid trustee concerns of “dysfunctionality amongst senior leadership, budget mismanagement, overspending resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars of deficits per month and attempts to pass the blame for these matters onto three different chief financial officers who were each removed,” according to an Oct. 18, 2022, SWBTS press release.
Greenway followed Paige Patterson who was fired in 2018 because of negative media reports and social media activism regarding women’s issues.
Dockery and Hawkins are SWBTS alumni. Before serving in their temporary SWBTS roles, Dockery was on the SWBTS faculty (since 2019) and Hawkins was retired, after serving 25 years as president and CEO of GuideStone Resources until March 2022.
The new position of chancellor is a volunteer position that will allow Hawkins to continue advising Dockery, and the title “will greatly aid his efforts in supporting the seminary,” according to an April 19 SWBTS press release.