An Announcement from Our President

 

March 31, 2014

For immediate release:

Birmingham, Alabama– Dr. Don Hawkins, President, of Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, has announced his resignation effective August 1, 2014.

In a letter to the Board of Trustees, Dr. Hawkins cited several factors, including family needs and a radio ministry opportunity, which led to his decision.  Dr. Hawkins stated, “There is a part of me which is extremely reluctant to make this move, but prayer, time in the Scriptures, and godly counsel have indicated to me that this is the time.”

Dr. Hawkins announced his decision to faculty and staff at a meeting on March 13, and explained that he believed this move could strengthen both the administrative leadership and development initiative for the college.  He explained, “I intend to offer my services to the board and my successor in a development capacity following the model utilized by other Bible college presidents. I would focus my time and energy on cultivating relationships with major supporters of the college, but would not be involved in administrative affairs. Kathy and I anticipate relocating toDallasin late summer, and I would anticipate returning toBirminghamperiodically to serve the college in this capacity.”

Dr. Mike McLemore, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Southeastern, responded to Dr. Hawkins resignation with the following statement:  “We are saddened to see Dr. Hawkins resign because for the last 13 years he has provided dedicated leadership in many  vital areas to move the college forward.  He will be sorely missed by trustees, faculty, staff, student body, alumni, and  the  many friends that he and Mrs. Hawkins have endeared themselves to over the years. It has been a great joy to walk beside him in these days as a trustee but more important as a dear friend.”

According to Southeastern Provost Dr. Vicki Wolfe, “On behalf of the faculty and staff, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Hawkins for his faithful service to the college that spans over a decade. As President, he has played a key role in keeping Southeastern focused on fulfilling our mission and casting a vision for the future.  We wish Dr. Hawkins and Kathy all the best as they transition into this next phase of life and ministry.”

During Dr. Hawkins years of service as President of Southeastern, the college has relocated to a new 22-acre campus, adopted a policy approach to trustee governance, completed two 10-year accreditation reaffirmations, launched the ACHIEVE degree completion program, and initiated the Because It Matters capital initiative.

Dr. Hawkins noted that Southeastern will move forward with strong leadership at several levels. “Our Board of Trustees has already begun the process of appointing a presidential search committee under the leadership of trustee Steve Gannett. With an outstanding and engaged Board of Trustees, and excellent leadership from our Provost Dr. Vicki Wolfe and our cabinet, our college is poised to continue fulfilling our vital mission of producing graduates who are biblically grounded, spiritually mature and culturally relevant.”

SEBC Trustee Chairman Dr. McLemore further noted, “The Board of Trustees will continue to build upon the legacy and solid foundation that all nine of our former Presidents have laid to enable Southeastern to fulfill its vision of equipping with academic and spiritual excellence.

 Our faculty is academically and spiritually qualified to teach the Word of God; our outstanding administrative staff is second to none; our students are passionate about being trained and equipped to enter into ministry or other vocations to which God leads them with a strong Christian world view; and our alumni, friends and supporters are all ready for this next chapter of college life as God directs.  We all stand together as a Christian College family with a renewed vision and spirit to be all that The Lord wants us to be.”

Dr. Hawkins, the ninth President of Southeastern, previously served as co-host and producer of the international Back to the Bible radio broadcast, as the host and executive producer of Life Perspectives radio, and as the Vice President and radio host of the Minirth Meier Clinic

The Commission on Accreditation of ABHE has announced that the accreditation of Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham has been reaffirmed.

The Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education has announced that the accreditation of Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham has been reaffirmed for 10 years, through 2024. According to Southeastern President Dr. Don Hawkins, the decision by the commission to reaffirm accreditation is the culmination of two years’ worth of intense work by the college faculty and staff.

“We began to collect and process data in the spring of 2012 in order to write a self-study for submission to the Commission on Accreditation. The self-study was submitted last July, and set the stage for the accreditation team site visit in late September. The site visit team then reported to the Commission on Accreditation, which also reviewed the self-study documents. “

The Association for Biblical Higher Education is one of 12 institutional accrediting agencies, including the regionals and other specialized accrediting organizations, which function under the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the US Department of Education. Southeastern has held accreditation with ABHE since 1962.

According to Southeastern Provost Dr. Vicki Wolfe, accreditation benefits the college and its students in several ways. “For one thing, accreditation demonstrates the college’s ability to fulfill our mission, which is to produce graduates who are Biblically grounded, spiritually mature and culturally relevant. Accreditation also affirms our compliance with rigorous academic and financial standards, fulfillment of stated student learning outcomes and continuous improvement. For our students, accreditation provides public accountability and makes it possible for students to secure Title IV funds, including PellGrants and student loans.”

According to Dr. Hawkins the reaffirmation process confirmed several of the college’s strengths. “We have an outstanding faculty, with each full-time member holding a terminal degree in his or her field. Student surveys underscore the engagement of our faculty with students in the mentoring process, and the site visit team noted the outstanding quality of our 22 acre campus on Valleydale Road.”

Dr. Hawkins further noted that Southeastern’s focus is on training and equipping individuals who will engage in some kind of ministry. “For almost 80 years, our aim has been to equip men and women to serve as pastors, missionaries, Christian educators, counselors and other vocational ministry fields as well as to prepare students for graduate school and to train lay leaders for local churches.”

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