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 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.”
The Spring 2014 Newsletter has hit the stands. Check out all that is happening at Southeastern Bible College.
Alyssa Lehr Evans was granted the Louisville Institute Doctoral Fellowship for 2013-2015. This Fellowship is a two-year award focused on first and second year Ph.D. students who are considering theological education as their vocation. The program is designed to support the formation of ecclesially engaged academics. Ten students are selected for this opportunity, and the cohort will meet in Louisville three times during each fellowship year. The Louisville Institute is a Lilly-Endowment-funded program based at Louisville Seminary.
Using the funds from this award, Alyssa was able to spend the month of July in Göttingen, Germany, and take a course at the Goethe Institute. In addition to connecting with Reformation scholars at Göttingen University, she was privileged to travel to Lutherstadt Wittenberg.
On May 10th, SEBC celebrated the graduating class of 2013. In the commencement ceremony, Dr. Hawkins charged the graduates to avoid the hazard of comparison and trust God to fulfill his unique purpose for each of them. Our guest speaker was Jeff Jones, an SEBC alumnus, who is the senior pastor of Chase Oaks Church in Plano Texas. He spoke from 2 Timothy 2:1-9, explaining to the students that they were responsible for influencing their generation for the cause of Christ and for passing the gospel to the next generation. He gave each gradate a baton to remind them of the task that is now theirs. Ferrell Lucas Gossett was the class valedictorian and Kellie April Curb the salutatorian. Congratulations to the 2013 graduates!
Photo by Appear Photography, http://appearphotography.com/.
SEBC has been selected to be a recipient of the International Society for Science and Religion library award. The award is a 224 volume set of books on the subject of science and religion, spanning all areas of the interface between science and spirituality. The books were selected by the ISSR Editorial Board, ISSR members, and experts from many academic disciplines, faith traditions, and geographical regions. The collection ranges from information on science and spirituality to 11 other subject areas such as social sciences, history, philosophy, et. al.
SEBC’s Student Senate and Student Organizations have opened a new on campus coffee shop for students and guests. The coffee shop features coffee from a partner organization, UglyMug Coffee, and offers a variety of products from freshly pressed coffee to flavored espresso drinks. The money raised goes to support the student organizations of SEBC.
To find out more about UglyMug Coffee visit www.uglymugcoffee.com
To support SEBC’s student organizations through UglyMug, use the coupon code “southeasternbiblecollege” at checkout.
The Southeastern Bible College Spring 2012 Newsletter is now available. To view the newsletter and catch up on the exciting things happening at SEBC click here.