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Union presents Chapman with M.E. Dodd Award

Morris Chapman, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, speaks to Union alumni and friends after receiving the M.E. Dodd Award. Also pictured are Chapman's wife Jodi, and Union trustees Jerry Tidwell (left) and Mike Weeks. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)
Morris Chapman, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, speaks to Union alumni and friends after receiving the M.E. Dodd Award. Also pictured are Chapman's wife Jodi, and Union trustees Jerry Tidwell (left) and Mike Weeks. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)

JACKSON, Tenn.June 16, 2006 – Union University presented Morris Chapman, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, with its M.E. Dodd Award during a reception in Greensboro, N.C., June 13.

“Dr. Chapman is a worthy recipient and a person we have grown to love at Union University,” Union President David S. Dockery said. “He has given great leadership to our convention as president of the Executive Committee. We thank God for him and for his leadership among Southern Baptists.”

The M.E. Dodd Award is the highest denominational service award Union gives. It is named for the man who was a Union alumnus, served as president of the SBC and who was the father of today’s Cooperative Program.

The award is given annually to a leader within the Southern Baptist Convention who displays excellence and leadership in Southern Baptist life, as well as friendship and commitment to Union University. Past recipients include Jimmy Draper (2004) and the late Adrian Rogers (2005).

Dockery presented Chapman with the award at Union’s dessert reception during the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting. As part of the reception, Dockery updated the 275 alumni and friends in attendance about some of the highlights from Union University over the past year, including:

“Union University is a place very serious about excellence-driven, Christ-centered, people-focused and future-directed education,” Dockery said. “We are serious about bringing academic rigor and a Christian worldview together.”


Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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