Steve Echols has been elected as the 17th president of Brewton-Parker College, one of three educational institutions affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention.
Echols, 59, an Atlanta native, emerged as the top candidate for the BPC presidency, four months after the college announced a search committee following the Jan. 20 resignation of Ergun Caner after just over a year of service. Echols’ duties are effectively immediately following BPC trustees’ unanimous vote May 19.
Echols comes to Brewton-Parker from the former Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, where he served as president from January 2012 until its closure in a merger with Piedmont International University in Winston-Salem, N.C., earlier this year.
From 2005-11, Echols was New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s associate regional dean for its Alabama/Georgia Extension Center System and professor of leadership while occupying the Nelson L. Price Chair of Leadership. At NOBTS’ main campus from 2001-05, Echols was director and then associate dean of professional doctoral programs and associate professor of leadership.
Trustee Lynda Yawn of Statesboro, Ga., who chaired the BPU presidential search committee, indicated the search team’s confidence in Echols was due to his “impressive credentials, vast experience and a spiritual background that fully supports Brewton-Parker’s vision and mission.”
Echols was instrumental in stabilizing the former Tennessee Temple University during his two-and-a-half years there.
In January 2012, TTU had $4.5 million in debt, was $500,000 in arrears to its vendors and was facing a year-end shortfall of $1.8 million with no cash reserves. With the exception of a $500,000 lien by a trustee who loaned the school the amount years ago for the TTU radio station, all debt had been paid.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press