Cogdill to step down as CU Divinity School dean
Campbell University
November 20, 2009

Cogdill to step down as CU Divinity School dean

Cogdill to step down as CU Divinity School dean
Campbell University
November 20, 2009

BUIES CREEK — Michael Cogdill, founding dean and

professor of pastoral leadership at the Campbell University Divinity School,

has announced his desire to step down from his current post at the conclusion

of the 2009-2010 academic year. Cogdill will begin service as a full-time

faculty member in the divinity school.

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Michael Cogdill

Cogdill has served as the divinity school’s only dean since

his appointment in December 1995. During the last 14 years, he has led the

school to numerous accomplishments. Among them are the recruitment of an

experienced and knowledgeable faculty, the development of an innovative

curriculum, the building of a solid endowment, the achievement of the school’s

full accreditation and the strengthening of church ties throughout Baptist and

other circles.

Under his leadership, the divinity school also saw the

creation of a doctor of ministry degree program. In recent years, he

helped guide the work of the Butler Chapel Campaign Cabinet resulting in the

building of Campbell’s first-ever chapel.

“In 1995 it was Campbell University’s good fortune to

position Mike Cogdill as founding dean of the divinity school. In the

ensuing years he has led the divinity school in superb fashion,” said Jerry

Wallace, Campbell’s president. “While we shall miss his leadership, we are

pleased that as a professor of pastoral leadership he will continue at Campbell

to bring his considerable knowledge and skill to bear in the training of

Christian ministers.”

In a prepared statement, Cogdill shares the following

words with the divinity school faculty, staff, and students: “It has been

a dream come true to serve as the founding dean of the divinity school. I

care deeply for the welfare of the school, and for all of its faculty, staff,

students, alumni, and friends. It is now time in my life to give thanks

for this wonderful chapter of ministry, and to embrace the new opportunities

for the future. I look forward to continuing to help the divinity school

prosper and grow as a full-time member of the faculty.”

The university will form a search committee in the coming

weeks to select the next dean.