Dockery To Speak At Lee’s Spring Commencement

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - by Brannon Roberts, Lee University
Dr. David Dockery
Dr. David Dockery

Union University President Dr. David Dockery will address graduates and guests at Lee University’s spring commencement on Saturday, May 4, at 9:30 a.m. at the Lee soccer field.

Dr. Dockery was elected the 15th president of Union (Jackson, Tenn.) in 1995. Since his arrival to Union, enrollment has more than doubled and the number of donors has more than tripled. The university has also seen a strong increase in commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship.

Dr. Dockery was named Jackson’s Man of the Year in 2008 and Distinguished Alumnus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2002. He currently serves on the Board of Reference of Prison Fellowship and as a consulting editor for Christianity Today. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities as well as the Council for Global Education.

Dr. Dockery has authored or edited 30 books including “Renewing Minds,” “Southern Baptist Consensus and Renewal,” “Biblical Interpretation Then and Now,” “Theologians of the Baptist Tradition,” and the “Holman Bible Handbook.”

Dr. Dockery earned his PhD in Humanities from the University of Texas System, and his master’s degrees from Grace Theological Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Texas Christian University. His bachelor’s degree comes from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Open seating will be available on Saturday to anyone without reserved tickets. If rain occurs, the event will be moved indoors to the Walker Arena where seating will be available to those with tickets. Additional seating will be in the Conn Center, where the ceremony will be screened for overflow viewing.

Graduation exercises will begin with a commissioning service on Friday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. on the soccer field. Both events will be available for live stream viewing at http://www.leeuniversity.edu/video/default.aspx.

For more information about commencement exercises, please contact the office of Academic Events at 614-8117.

Cleveland State Recognizes Tennessee Promise/Tennessee Reconnect Students With Special Welcome Week Celebration

Cleveland State Community College officials say they will offer a “sunny” welcome to both new and returning Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect students arriving on campus this week with a special celebration on Thursday during the college’s Convocation at 12:30 p.m. the L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium.  Under the theme “My Future’s So Bright,” Tennessee Promise and Reconnect ... (click for more)

Ruth S. Holmberg Grants Honor And Fund UTC Faculty Research

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga announces recipients of the 2016-2017 Ruth S. Holmberg Grants. "From helping veterans, US roads, and studying voting data from this year’s election, our faculty are involved in innovative research and advancing their respective fields," officials said. Congratulations were expressed to the following recipients: Dr. Zibin Guo, ... (click for more)

State Board In Nashville Approves New Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital

Members of the board of the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency in Nashville on Wednesday unanimously approved a new $25 million Behavioral Health Hospital planned by Erlanger Health Systems on Holzclaw Avenue.   Parkridge Valley Hospital and CADAS had opposed the issuance of Certificate of Need.  The 88-bed facility will provide "acute adult inpatient ... (click for more)

Pinkston Says Offer Was Made To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Him If Prosecution Of Detective Burns Was Dropped; Judge Greenholtz "Greatly Bothered" By Any Such Offer

District Attorney Neal Pinkston said at a hearing Tuesday that an offer was made to drop a lawsuit filed against him by Gatlinburg detective Rodney Burns if he would dismiss two perjury counts against Burns. The district attorney said he should not be disqualified from continuing to prosecute the case or else attorneys would begin suing him or the judge to get a new DA or trial ... (click for more)

Downtown Needs Cleaned Up

My son and I parked on Broad Street and walked to the Billiard Club on Cherry Street this past weekend. It's probably a total of two blocks. In that short walk we passed where Rone Regency used to be on 6th Street and in that doorway was about a years worth of human feces and urine covering the doors and walls. The concrete sidewalk on the street is all broken up and the metal ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: 40 Questions About ‘Blue Bags’

No. 1 – Did you know that one in every five of the 42,000 children in the Hamilton County school district is what the experts call “food deprived?” No. 2 – Can you get your arms around the fact that a huge percentage of those 8,400 children get little, if nothing, to eat from Friday at lunch until they return to our schools on Monday? No. 3 -- Did you know that you – just ... (click for more)