Congratulating Dr. Brian D. Smith of the Dallas Christian Collegeby Representative Kenny Marchant
Posted on 2015-01-21
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Mr. MARCHANT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate and honor Dr.
Brian D. Smith. On November 1, 2014, Dr. Smith began serving as the
eleventh president of Dallas Christian College in Farmers Branch,
Texas. He will be formally inaugurated this Saturday, January 24, 2015.
Dallas Christian College was founded in 1950 and maintains a mission to educate and mentor students to be ``People of Influence, Under God's Influence, for a Life of Influence.'' I have no doubt that the strong work of the College toward this end will continue to excel under Dr. Smith's new leadership.
Dr. Brian D. Smith has a remarkable career in Christian higher education. He received a Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry from Florida Christian College (FCC) in 2003. Two years later he earned his Master's from Lincoln Christian University in Contemporary Christian Theology and Philosophy. Smith received his Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Exeter in England in 2011. He has published several chapters in academic works.
During his initial working years, Smith remained with FCC, which eventually merged with another school to become Johnson University Florida. He quickly advanced from serving as registrar to Associate Dean of Academics and Institutional Effectiveness, then Vice President of Academics and ultimately Assistant Provost. During his time there, Smith led the university through the process of accreditation with the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
His strong and faithful professional life made him the top contender when the Board of Trustees for Dallas Christian College took up the task of searching for a replacement for their preceding president, Dusty Rubeck. The chair of the search committee, Dr. Keith Keeran, reported that the applicant pool was remarkable and seven well- qualified candidates were interviewed, but only one reached the final interview before the Board. Keeran further commented that ``the Lord's hand was on the search process from the beginning.'' Dr. Smith has always prayerfully desired to spread the Gospel and loves serving that cause through the work of Christian higher education. He and his wife, Samantha, have four children together. I welcome them to the 24th District of Texas.
Mr. Speaker, it is my honor to ask all of my distinguished colleagues to join me in congratulating and wishing well Dr. Brian D. Smith as he begins to serve as President of Dallas Christian College.
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