MARSHALL, Texas (5/19/14) – The East Texas Baptist University Board of Trustees have appointed Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Lawrence Ressler as Interim President effective June 1, 2014. Dr. Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver announced his resignation in February to leave ETBU after five years of service to become the 16th President of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. Dr. Ressler came to ETBU last fall from Taylor University to serve as interim provost.
Dr. Ressler has many years of experience in higher education at various CCCU (Council for Christian Colleges & Universities) member schools. From 2005-2010, he served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Tabor College (Kansas). Dr. Ressler served in several different positions during his tenure (1995-2002) at Roberts Wesleyan College including Professor of Social Work, Interim Academic Dean, and Director of Institutional Research and Assessment. At Taylor University (2010-2013), he served as Professor of Social Work.
Dr. Ressler earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Bachelor of Social Work from Eastern Mennonite University. His Master of Social Work degree was completed at Temple University and his Ph.D. was earned at Case Western Reserve University. He has presented at numerous higher education conferences and workshops and is an author of many books and journal articles which focus on the integration of faith and learning in social work. Also during his academic career he has been a consultant for higher education institutions providing leadership in academic development and curriculum reviews.
The ETBU Presidential Search team, led by Board Chair Judge David Anderson, are conducting a nationwide search. At the May Board meeting, Trustees approved AGB Search as the firm to assist in the presidential search.
“AGB Search focuses only on higher education with a vast network of 28 associates across the United States,” said Dr. Ressler. “Dr. Paul R. Corts will be serving as the associate for ETBU. He has a distinguished career in higher education, retiring in 2012 from the presidency of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.”
East Texas Baptist University offers graduate programs in business, counseling, religion and education, as well as 40 undergraduate degree programs. ETBU provides a Christ centered education that emphasizes the integration of faith and learning. The ETBU experience is known for “Embracing Faith, Engaging Minds, and Empowering Leaders.” For information, visit www.etbu.edu.