Walter Strickland appointed as associate vice president of kingdom diversity initiatives

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Walter Strickland is being promoted to associate vice president of Kingdom Diversity Initiatives at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) beginning Aug. 1. Strickland was formerly the special advisor to the president for diversity.

“Having served our school with distinction as a key administrative leader, I am thrilled to appoint him as associate vice president for Kingdom Diversity Initiatives,” said Danny Akin, president of SEBTS. “God continues to bless Southeastern with a godly and gifted team of faculty and staff. These are exciting days for this Great Commission seminary.”

 Walter StricklandKingdom Diversity Initiatives (KDI) began in 2013 as an effort to increase the diversity of underrepresented races, both male and female, among the SEBTS faculty, staff and student population. Through KDI, SEBTS hopes for both this number and the female student population to be at 20 percent and 35 percent, respectively, by 2022.

Student enrollment was at 18.1 percent for minorities and 26.4 percent for women for the 2016-2017 academic year.

In March, the Kingdom Diversity Missions Initiative (KDMI) was launched in the effort to mobilize a greater number of minority students to fulfill the Great Commission through international ministry. KDMI was launched with the desire to bridge the gap of minorities that are unrepresented on the mission field. KDMI offers short-term trips to help students gain experience in overseas mission work and to better understand their role for international ministry.

“I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity to serve the kingdom at Southeastern. The structural change in my role will propel the Kingdom Diversity Initiative into greater effectiveness as we strive to reach our goals.”

Strickland is also moving from an instructor of theology to assistant professor of systematic theology at SEBTS beginning Aug. 1. In June, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Strickland has also received his Master of Theology and Master of Divinity from SEBTS.

Strickland was elected first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention in June.

“He will serve our president Steve Gaines and our people with grace and wisdom,” said Akin. “Southeastern has been blessed and continues to be blessed by Dr. Strickland’s service as a teacher and administrator.”

Strickland and his wife Stephanie have two daughters, Kendra and Kaiya, and one daughter, Hope, who is in heaven. He and his family live in Wake Forest, North Carolina and attend Imago Dei Church.  

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