B.H. Carroll Institute shifting leaders

Bruce Corley is stepping down as president of a 10-year-old training institute for ministers and transitioning into a senior fellow position to aid his successor.

By Ken Camp

Bruce Corley announced plans to resign as president of the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute, effective after the October meeting of the school’s governing board.

“This step comes after careful reflection and prayer,” said Leon Leach, chair of the institute’s board of governors and executive vice president of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, who will lead the search committee for a new president.

bruce corleyCorley’s decision to step down as president is part of a strategic transition plan in place for two years, and represents “a handing off of the baton,” Leach said. “Continuity with Dr. Corley’s presidency maintains a bright future for the school.”

Corley has served as the institute’s president since its founding in 2004. Based in Arlington, Texas, the school trains students at teaching churches – congregations that partner with the institute to provide formal theological education and informal training for Christian leaders – as well as through interactive online instruction.

Corley, former dean of the School of Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and professor of Christian Scriptures at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary, plans to continue to serve as a senior fellow of the institute.

“As long as I can be effective, I wish to contribute to the long-term well-being and growth of the school,” Corley said. “I have promises to keep – made to my family, students and the Lord – chief among them, re-entry to the world of biblical scholarship where unfinished books wait for me.”