Written by The Entire Biblical Staff and Faculty
Friday, 14 June 2013 14:29
After 27 years, Dr. David G. Dunbar is handing the reins of the presidency to Dr. Frank James on July 1, 2013. Dr. James will become Biblical’s fourth president.
Dave’s relationship with Biblical dates back to the school’s beginning. Having completed two years at Faith Seminary, he transferred to Biblical the year the school opened in 1971, graduating with the first class of nine students in 1972.
After earning his PhD at Drew University, he joined the faculty of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL in 1980. Six years later, he was invited to become president of Biblical, a school not yet accredited. In fact, the initial evaluation team from the Middle States Association advised Dave that Biblical was not prepared even to pursue accreditation. Their opinion was sobering: “It will take a miracle for Biblical to receive accreditation.”
Dave and the board of trustees accepted their assessment as a challenge from the Lord. Through hard work, determination, and consistent prayer, Biblical was accredited in March 1990!
Dave’s greatest contribution to Biblical and to the larger church has been his patient, persistent determination to help Biblical expand beyond its “Reformed fundamentalist” roots toward a generous orthodoxy. This shift has produced a community rich in diversity, on a trajectory of growth, and with a resolute focus on the missional heart of God. The percentage of female students at Biblical has more than tripled, and there has been dramatic growth among African-American, Asian, and Latino students. In addition, Biblical has added an urban location in North Philadelphia to complement the academic and residential campuses in Hatfield. (The residential campus was acquired in 1995.)
In the words of Dr. James, “Because of Dave’s leadership, Biblical is unlike any seminary I have ever known. Carolyn and I want to be a part of this.” On behalf of the board of trustees, faculty, staff, and the nearly 1,700 graduates, “Thank you, President Dunbar!”
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