WAKE FOREST, N.C. – According to Baptist Press, on Jan. 15, Daniel L. Akin was elected as the sixth president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a unanimous vote.
"This is a great day, a glorious day, a historic day," said Timothy Lewis, the board of trustees chairman who headed the presidential search committee that recommended Akin. "(Akin) is a man with a great passion for God. It's with great excitement that we're introducing him today. I thank the Lord for him and his family."
Former interim president Bart Neal also praised Akin and him being elected. "I am excited about the election of Dr. Akin as the sixth president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary for several reasons," Neal said. "He is a visionary leader, a wonderful expository preacher, a fine educator and astute theologian.
"Dr. Akin displays that rare combination of a brilliant mind and a passion for evangelism. I know that this is God's will, and I also know that God will use Dr. Akin's leadership to guide Southeastern to a bright future."
Akin, who previously served at Southeastern as assistant professor of theology and dean of students from 1992-1996, was vice president for academic administration and dean of the school of theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., a position he held until his return to Southeastern Seminary, BP reported.
"I am extremely honored and genuinely humbled at this opportunity," said Akin,. "I do count it a great, great honor to come back home and be part of one of the greatest schools in the world."
Akin indicated in his address to seminary faculty members about his firm commission to Southernestern’s missions and evangelism, preaching, and promoting marriages and families with Christ as the center.
"I don't have a renovation assignment," he said. "I have a glorious assignment of climbing on board a speeding train that's gloriously going in the right direction.
"I would like to see Southeastern continue to be the premier school in terms of missions and evangelism. Second, I have always had a passion for expository preaching. If you want to be trained to be a faithful expositor of God's Word, this school should be at the top of your list."
Akin earned a bachelor of arts in biblical studies degree from Criswell College in 1980 then earned both a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1983 and a doctor of philosophy in humanities from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1989.
Akin has served as pastor at 10 churches in Texas, Florida, Alabama and Virginia. He has also authored various articles and books.
Akin is married to the former Charlotte Bourne. The Akins have four children: twins Daniel and Jonathan, 23; Paul, 20; and Timothy, 18.