Trinity International University (TIU) announced Feb. 28 David Dockery as the institution’s 15th president. Former president of Union University in Jackson, Tenn. for 18 years, Dockery was unanimously selected by TIU’s Board of Regents.
Robert Kleinschmidt, chairman of the TIU Board of Regents, said, “Dr. Dockery brings a great wealth of experience and knowledge about higher education from his years at Union University.
“I know he will be a great leader for Trinity and look forward to the tasks ahead.”
Located in Deerfield, Ill., TIU is a private, Christian university comprised of four schools: Trinity College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Trinity Graduate School and Trinity Law School.
TIU also three academic centers: the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding, the Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity and the Jonathan Edwards Center at TEDS.
It has regional centers in South Chicago, Florida and California.
Dockery said, “What a joy it will be to seek to reflect the influence and leadership of 20th century evangelical giants like Kenneth Kantzer and Carl Henry, who invested so much at Trinity.
“Their emphasis on serious and rigorous academics shaped and informed by the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, the full truthfulness of Holy Scripture, international missions, cultural renewal and engagement, transdenominational and transcontinental evangelical cooperation and service to the global church will…continue to characterize all aspects of Trinity’s life and work.”
Prior to his position at Union – a Tennessee Baptist-related institution – Dockery served as the chief academic officer at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., where he also was professor of theology and New Testament.
A native of Birmingham, Ala., Dockery and his wife, Lanese, have been married for 38 years. They have three married sons and six grandchildren.
Dockery will begin serving as acting president on June 1. He will officially assume TIU presidency when affirmed by the conference of the Evangelical Free Church of America.