Sheldon Alexander retires from Southeastern after more than two decades of service
January 19, 2017
In his many years and many roles at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS), Sheldon Alexander has continued to do what he does best—serve students. After 27 years, Alexander will retire on June 30.
“Mr. Sheldon Alexander has served Southeastern faithfully in various capacities, including Registrar and Associate Vice President for Academic Support,” said Provost Bruce Ashford. “We are truly grateful for his work ethic and indefatigable spirit.”
Alexander was born on July 24, 1951, to a Jewish family in Oklahoma. He attended West Texas University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He met his wife, Carolynn, at the department store that his family owned in Hertford, Texas, and they were married on October 10, 1977.
Alexander came to faith in Christ after a banker invited him to a Christian business leaders’ meeting where he heard a Jewish Christian speak about his faith in Christ. He later heard the same man explain the Passover in light of Jesus, and decided to place his faith in Christ. After being called to ministry, Alexander attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he graduated in 1989.
In the same year, Alexander became the Registrar and Assistant to the Dean at SEBTS, upon the request of newly appointed Dean L. Russ Bush. The early years were trying for Alexander as he worked with the faculty, struggled with accreditation issues and served students and the community. Under the leadership of then SEBTS President Louis Drummond, Alexander was part of the early efforts to turn the tide to make SEBTS a Bible-believing evangelical institution.
“It brings me great joy to recognize Sheldon Alexander on his 27 years of service at Southeastern Seminary,” said SEBTS President Danny Akin. “He serves students and he serves others unlike anybody I’ve ever met in my entire life. He is a dear friend, and respected brother.”
After serving as the Registrar for 24 years and later the Associate Vice President for Academic Support, Alexander has spent his remaining time at SEBTS as the Alumni Communication Specialist. He and his wife, Carolynn, have two sons, two daughters-in-law and six grandchildren.