Criswell College Family & Friends Gather for Inauguration of Barry Creamer, Board Elects New Faculty

Brandon Smith

DALLAS – Criswell College family and friends gathered on October 2, 2014 for the inauguration of Barry K. Creamer, elected as the seventh president of Criswell College on July 7.

The inauguration was part of a special chapel service that included a sermon from Ronnie Floyd, current President of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Following Dr. Floyd’s message, trustee and past interim president Jimmy Draper delivered the inaugural invocation and board chairman John Mann presented the charter and seal of Criswell College to Creamer, charging the new president to “serve our college with wisdom, compassion, and dedication.”

A group of prospective students, visiting the college for Preview Day, were also in attendance. Creamer noted in his address that a major goal of the college is to graduate students who will transform the culture for Christ.

The board of trustees were also on campus for the event and for the bi-annual board meeting. Of note, the board voted to elect Dr. Joe Wooddell as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Bill Watson as Assistant Professor of Greek and New Testament.

The board also elected Susan Stilley, Jeff Nyberg, and Don Hodges as trustees and re-elected David Herbert. Robert Welch, Sr., Dante Wright, I, and Chris Osborne will serve as trustees pending approval by messengers at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention in November.


Brandon Smith is Director of Communications at Criswell College

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