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Akin is committee's nominee as Southeastern's sixth president
January 05, 2004
By Jerry Higgins
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary’s presidential search committee will recommend to the board of trustees the election of Daniel L. Akin as the seminary’s sixth president.
The board will meet in special session on Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. at the school’s Wake Forest, N.C., campus to vote on Akin.
“Dr. Akin is a man with great vision, keen insight and spiritual understanding,” said Timothy D. Lewis, chairman of the search committee, as well as the head of Southeastern’s board of trustees.
“His enthusiasm is contagious and genuine. We do not feel any other man in Southern Baptist life could better follow [former President] Dr. [Paige] Patterson than Dr. Daniel Akin.”
Akin, 46, is currently the senior vice president for Academic Administration/dean of the School of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has connections to Southeastern, as he was professor of theology, dean of students and vice president for Student Services at Southeastern from 1992-96.
Akin holds a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Criswell College in Dallas.
Akin has pastored churches in Florida, Alabama and Virginia and has ministered in Australia, Thailand and to the Papago Indians. He was New Testament editor of The Holy Bible Baptist Study Edition by Thomas Nelson, and author of the volume on the Epistles of John for the New American Commentary series.
In 1996, Christianity Today named Akin as one of 50 emerging Christian leaders under the age of 40.
He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Southern Baptist Historical Society, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Evangelical Theological Society.
Some of his more recent works include God on Sex: The Creator’s Ideas About Love, Intimacy, and Marriage; Songs of Songs (Holman Old Testament Commentary series, Volume 14); and 1,2,3 John (New American Commentary series, Volume 38).
Bart Neal, Southeastern’s interim president, said Akin would be an excellent choice as president.
“I am profoundly happy to know that under the leadership of the Lord our presidential search committee is recommending Dr. Danny Akin to our full board of trustees as the next president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary,” Neal said. “Dr. Akin’s gifts and experience make him uniquely qualified to serve as our president. Not only is he an inspirational and visionary leader, he is an outstanding theologian, educator and preacher.
“Mrs. Neal and I had the privilege of serving with Dr. and Mrs. Akin when we came to Southeastern in 1993, prior to their going to Southern Seminary. It will be a joy for us to have the opportunity to serve with them again as our new president and first lady.”
Akin and his wife, Charlotte, have been married for 25 years. They have four children: twins Daniel and Jonathan, 22; Paul, 20; and Timothy, 18. (BP)