President-elect Paige Patterson responds to questions from the media following his election as the eighth president of Southwestern Seminary June 24. Photo by Richard D. McCormack
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--The announcement that Paige Patterson, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and conservative resurgence architect, was being considered for the presidency of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary drew reactions from both seminaries June 24.
During a closed meeting on the Fort Worth campus with Southwestern Seminary faculty members and staff, Patterson fielded questions on leadership style, criterion for professors and effective theological education.
Terri Stovall, Southwestern Seminary's women's program director and assistant professor of adult education, said the nearly three-hour meeting was marked
Dorothy Patterson listens to her husband accept the Southwestern Seminary presidency June 24. The Pattersons' granddaughter, Abigail Howell, sits to her right. Photo by Richard D. McCormack
by a positive tone.
"There was a freedom for the faculty and staff to ask whatever they wanted. I don't think anybody felt like they couldn't ask something," she said. "Dr. Patterson seemed to respond very openly and honestly even on some issues that may be considered a little touchy. I think the faculty and staff appreciated that."
After listening to Patterson and trustees at the meeting, Stovall said her initial reaction to the announcement that the east coast president was being considered for the presidency included a respect for the decision of the presidential search committee.
"My initial reaction was that the trustees had truly prayed about this and consulted the Lord, and that the trustees wanted the man that God had [for Southwestern Seminary]," she said. "Obviously the committee feels like it is Dr. Patterson -- that's the message I got." Read More