JACKSON, Tenn. – Sept. 15, 2008 – Union University celebrated God’s blessings and the beginning of a “new day” at the annual fall convocation service Sept. 12.
In an abbreviated convocation address, Union University President David S. Dockery recapped for students the events following the Feb. 5 tornado that heavily damaged the Union campus.
“God’s mercy has sustained us for seven months and seven days,” Dockery said. “We came together and we prayed. We trusted the Lord to help us. It would not have been possible for us to move forward apart from God’s grace, his enablement and his amazing providence to us.”
Dockery expressed gratitude to the thousands of people who stepped up to help Union in its time of need – local volunteers, community and business leaders, Baptist friends in the Tennessee Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention, other colleges and universities, and donors from all over the country.
Charles Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship, greeted the Union community via video at the opening of the service.
“Union is one of the few institutions in this country that is really teaching the full orbit of biblical understanding of all of life -- the biblical worldview,” Colson said.
As part of the convocation, Union designated seven men – all contractors who played a key role in Union’s rebuilding effort -- as honorary alumni: Frank Wagster, James E. Campbell III, Charles Michael Gardner, Montie Forrest Matlock, Robert H. Worsham, Kenneth D. Brasfield and William D. Dement.
The university officially installed four faculty members in new positions of leadership: Roland Porter as director of the Center for Racial Reconciliation, Mark Kossick as senior fellow in the School of Nursing, Richard Wells as dean of the chapel and David Kuhl as Baptist Memorial Health Care Chair of Pharmacy.
Union also recognized the following new faculty members: