Triennial Gathering Draws a Crowd
An ice cream social for alumni and friends of Taylor drew over 180 people at the recent NAB Triennial conference in Orlando, FL. There were students on hand from every era of the school, including recent graduates and going all the way back to the CTI days of the 1960's.
Taylor president Dr. David Williams provided a detailed overview of Taylor's current situation, outlining current enrolment, budgets, renovations and staffing, and reviewed Taylor's recent history. Time was also provided to the new head of the Taylor Alumni Association, Eric Peters, who gave an impassioned plea to his fellow alumni to support Taylor. The evening ended with a time of heartful prayer, led by Daunavon Buyer.
Taylor enjoyed a strong presence at the Triennial, including a busy trade show display in the ministry area and a video that was shared with the full conference. Delegates were all wearing Taylor lanyards and our new, custom-made Taylor caps were a big hit. We also received inquiries from quite a number of prospective students intrigued by Taylor's unique programs and course delivery model.
The 2015 Triennial, to be held in northern California, will coincide with our 75th Anniversary -- see you there!
Spring Edition of THE BRIDGE Available
The Spring 2012 edition of The Bridge is in the mail to thousands of homes and churches across North America.
The cover story for this issue deals with the retirement of long-time New Testament professor Dr. Syd Page. There are also many photos from the recent graduation ceremony at Taylor Seminary, and a profile of alumnus Marlene Taubensee Baerg ('80). Another story explores the reasons for a recent surge in enrolment at the school. Finally, the back cover celebrates the art of former Taylor staff member Marjorie Thomson.
After a solid fall semester and a remarkably strong spring term, Taylor’s final numbers have come in with the strongest seminary enrolment in years. Our final numbers are 25% higher than our goal, which we thought might be optimistic. Taylor Seminary ended the academic year with a total annual FTE (full time equivalent) of 147.89 students; one year ago, that number was 109.
There are several reasons for the increase, including the strong interest in Taylor’s re-designed 77-hour MDiv degree as well as other programs.
Another reason for growth in our courses this year has been the continued emphasis on streamlining our course delivery. More attention has been given to accommodating mature students, who often attend seminary on a part-time basis while continuing to work or serve in ministry. Weekend, modular and intensive courses, as well as online courses, have all made theological education more accessible.
In 2011-12, students did not simply register at the beginning of a semester. Instead, because of the way courses are offered, we enrolled students throughout the year. Enrolment Services was busy in May as new program students were accepted and registered for Spring Session courses(May 2-25).
Another important change in serving students well has been the change to offer regular semester courses on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and to arrange the course schedule in a way that makes it easy for students to move through their program.
The increased attendance brings with it increased tuition revenue. We thank God for this strong growth and look forward seeing it continue.
New Academic Dean
Taylor Seminary is pleased to announce that Dr. Eric Ohlmann will be returning to Taylor as the Academic Dean, effective July 1, 2012. Dr. Ohlmann was the Academic Vice-President at Taylor Seminary for the 2008-2009 academic year, and brings a wealth of experience to the post.
This change will free up Dr. Joost Pikkert who added the dean's role to many other duties, and Taylor president Dr. David Williams publicly thanked Dr. Pikkert for his outstanding work over the past two years.
Originally from the Edmonton area (Leduc), Dr. Ohlmann has invested his entire adult life in theological education. He has earned degrees from U of A, NABS, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Theological Union Seminary. He spent 20 years at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary and 12 years as Vice-President/Academic Dean at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer). He also continues to serve as Special Advisor for Planning and Accreditation for the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.