Walter Strickland has been named associate vice president of Kingdom Diversity Initiatives at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Formerly special adviser to the president for diversity, Strickland will move to his expanded role Aug. 1.
Strickland, who was elected as first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention in June, has “served our school with distinction as a key administrative leader,” said Danny Akin, president of SEBTS. “God continues to bless Southeastern with a godly and gifted team of faculty and staff. These are exciting days for this Great Commission seminary.”
Strickland also is being promoted to assistant professor of systematic theology from instructor of theology at the Wake Forest, N.C., campus.
Southeastern’s Kingdom Diversity Initiatives (KDI) began in 2013 as an effort to increase the diversity of underrepresented races and of women among the faculty, staff and student population. Through KDI, SEBTS aims to increase its ethnic diversity and the female student population to 20 percent and 35 percent, respectively, by 2022.
Student enrollment was at 18.1 percent for minorities and 26.4 percent for women for the 2016-2017 academic year.
In March, the Kingdom Diversity Missions Initiative (KDMI) was launched to help bridge the gap of minorities that are underrepresented on the international mission field by offering short-term trips for students to to gain experience in overseas mission work and to better understand their role for international ministry.
“I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity to serve the Kingdom at Southeastern, Strickland said. “The structural change in my role [at SEBTS] will propel the Kingdom Diversity Initiative into greater effectiveness as we strive to reach our goals.”
As the SBC’s first vice president, Akin said Strickland will “serve our president Steve Gaines and our people with grace and wisdom.”
Strickland and his wife Stephanie have two daughters, Kendra and Kaiya, and one daughter, Hope, who is in heaven. He and his family live in Wake Forest, N.C., attend Imago Dei Church.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press
SBC Seminary & BP Staff