Presidents of Cedarville
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Thomas White became the 10th president of Cedarville University on July 1, 2013. Having served in a variety of leadership roles and responsibilities, White came to the position with more than a decade of administrative, teaching, and research experience combined with strong leadership and a pastoral heart for ministry.
As the son and grandson of Baptist ministers, White grew up with a firm spiritual foundation and was saved in September 1993. He graduated from Anderson University (South Carolina) in 1997 with a degree in English and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2001 with a Master of Divinity degree and in 2005 with a Ph.D. in systematic theology. Throughout seminary, White combined theological depth with evangelistic passion. While studying with astute theologians, he put the Gospel into action by participating in missions and itinerate preaching. In addition, White served as Director of Student Life at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina. In July 2004, White was called to serve at Southwestern Seminary in Texas as Director of Leadership Development. In June 2006, he was promoted and served until June 2013 as Vice President for Student Services and Communications. During his tenure, he enjoyed the challenge of identifying problems, evaluating people, finding the right solution to move forward while minimizing harm, and casting a clear vision while building a successful team.
White also served as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Southwestern Seminary. In his faculty role, he taught in the Oxford University study program and was a visiting professor, along with his wife, Joy, at Word of Life Bible Institute in New York. At Southwestern, he developed online graduate-level classes; taught master’s and doctoral courses in subjects including systematic theology, public relations for the local church, and advanced expository preaching; and revamped the seminary’s evangelism program.
White has been active in research, writing, and contributing to the academy. Early in his career, he received an academic excellence award and a study grant, which led to his publishing a three-volume series on James Madison Pendleton. He co-authored Franchising McChurch: Feeding Our Obsession with Easy Christianity in 2009 and served as editor of First Freedom: The Baptist Perspective on Religious Liberty, Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches, and Upon This Rock. White has contributed to other books, written numerous articles, and is active in social media through Facebook, Twitter, and his blog.
Video of announcement of Dr. White as Cedarville University's 10th President
"Thomas White" (2013). Presidents of Cedarville. 10.
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