By Robert Dilday
A veteran professor and administrator at a community college in Texas has been elected dean of Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond.
Timothy Gilbert, a professor of philosophy at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas, for nearly 30 years, was elected during a board of trustees’ conference call Nov. 20. He assumes the post July 1, succeeding Israel Galindo, who is completing a five-year term as dean and has chosen to return to the classroom.
“Tim brings a wealth of experience to his new responsibilities,” said BTSR President Ron Crawford. “He is a gifted administrator and teacher. He is a splendid churchman.”
Gilbert joined Tarrant County College, one of the largest community colleges in Texas with more than 50,000 students on five campuses, as an adjunct instructor in 1983. Since then he has served as a full-time instructor, coordinator, department chair and divisional dean. He also has held leadership roles as faculty senator at two campuses, senate chair and faculty association president.
Gilbert has a Ph.D. in ethics and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in religion from Oklahoma Baptist University. His wife, Karen Grubb Gilbert, works contractually for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. The couple has two daughters, one of whom is a current student at BTSR.
He co-authored Christian Ethics — A Primer with William Tillman in 1986, and contributed a chapter on Christian ethics to Has Our Theology Changed? Southern Baptist Thought Since 1845, in 1994.
— Bob Allen contributed to this story.