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Criswell College Appoints Bill Watson as Assistant Professor of Greek & New Testament

Brandon Smith

June 6, 2014 – Criswell College announced that Bill Watson, current Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Research, has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Greek & New Testament. He will fill the faculty position left vacant by Daniel R. Street, recently named to the faculty of Houston Baptist University.

Having taught as an adjunct instructor of New Testament & Theology at Criswell since 2012, Watson will teach undergraduate Greek and New Testament courses full-time, continuing his remarkable reputation as a budding young scholar and a student favorite.

Upon his appointment, Watson expressed excitement for his new task: "I am honored and grateful to God for the honor of serving in a new role at the college. The staff, students, and faculty of Criswell College have had an immeasurable impact on my life for over a decade. I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to the college’s mission as a faculty member."

Dr. Barry Creamer, Chief Operating Officer & Vice President of Academic Affairs, said of Watson, “I have spent 14 years working in academics on three campuses and have never met anyone with a sharper mind or more humble commitment to Jesus than Bill. His commitment to Scripture, service to students, leadership for peers, and voracious appetite for learning make him the ideal new professor for Greek and New Testament studies at Criswell College."

A two-time graduate of Criswell College, Watson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies in 2007 and Master of Divinity in 2011. He graduated summa cum laude both times. Additionally, he was awarded nearly every academic honor a Criswell student can receive. In his years as an undergraduate and graduate student, he won the W. A. Criswell Award for Academic Excellence, the Paige Patterson Preaching Award, the Outstanding New Testament Studies Graduate Award, the Outstanding Theology Graduate Award, the Christine Caskey Simmons Scholarship Award, and was twice listed in Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

As a staff member of the college, Watson has served as Interim Library Director (2011), Director of Distance Education (2011-2012), and Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Research (2012-2014). During this time, he founded the college’s “For Christ & Culture” blog, oversaw the college’s launch of a healthy distance education program, helped shape and write well-received accreditation reports for new degree plans, revamped internal planning and procedures for faculty and staff, directed and implemented staff meetings, and was often called upon by the Executive Cabinet to offer insights on institutional strategy.

A Ph.D. student in Humanities at University of Texas at Dallas for the past two years, Watson is now pursuing a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies. He regularly guest hosts “For Christ & Culture,” a radio show airing weeknights on 90.9 KCBI and preaches often throughout the state of Texas. Bill is married and has three children. He and his family attend Lake Highlands Baptist Church in Dallas.

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