Campbell Divinity installs Wakefield as dean
Campbell Divinity School
September 15, 2010

Campbell Divinity installs Wakefield as dean

Campbell Divinity installs Wakefield as dean
Campbell Divinity School
September 15, 2010

The Campbell Divinity School

celebrated the installation of Andrew Wakefield as dean at the commissioning

service for new students Sept. 14.

Wakefield becomes only the

second dean to lead the Divinity School since its founding in 1996. At that

time there were 35 students enrolled in the founding class. Today, 220 students

attend Campbell Divinity School.

In his inaugural remarks, Campbell

President Jerry Wallace praised the performance of Michael Cogdill, the

Divinity School’s first dean, saying that Cogdill, Campbell founder Archibald

Campbell and Professor of Theology Charles Howard were three “wonderful men of

God who wrote large on Campbell’s tradition of excellence.”

Photo by Bennett Scarborough

Andrew Wakefield, right, is installed as the new dean of the Campbell Divinity School by President Jerry M. Wallace.

“Dr. Wakefield, I want to

affirm to you and everyone here that you are qualified to lead this divinity

school and that the same qualities of these three great leaders reside in you,”

Wallace said. “Everyone who has ever sat in Andy’s class has been inspired by

his passion for teaching and Christian leadership. I know you will provide

outstanding guidance and vision for the Divinity School, and you will have the

support of all who love Campbell University.”

Andrew Wakefield has served

on the Divinity School faculty since 1997, most recently as associate professor

of New Testament and Greek. In 2008, he was appointed to the Lewis Edward and

Martha Barnes Tyner Chair of Bible and was recognized with the Dean’s Award for

Excellence in Teaching in 2003. He is the author of numerous publications and

has served on the board and as the associate editor for the Review &

Expositor, a consortium Baptist theological journal.

Wakefield grew up in

Southeast Asia, the son of missionaries. He earned a bachelor of arts from Wake

Forest University and a master of divinity from Southern Baptist Theological

Seminary. He earned a Ph.D. in New Testament at Duke University. He has served

as the interim pastor of eight churches and is a frequent preacher, Bible study

teacher and retreat leader in churches across North Carolina.