July 28, 1999




TEXAS TIDBITS
___ Search committee reports. The committee searching for a new executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas issued a brief statement July 15, noting it has "begun focusing on the names of candidates submitted," has conducted two days of interviews and has further interviews scheduled this month. While the committee has set no deadline for completing its work, it is "mindful of the announced retirement date" of Bill Pinson, who will leave the post Jan. 31. The committee requests the continued prayers of Texas Baptists and asks for understanding about the need for confidentiality in the search process.

___ Baylor Medical ranks high. For the seventh consecutive year, Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas has ranked among the nation's top hospitals in the annual "America's Best Hospitals" guide published by U.S. News & World Report. Baylor ranked among the top 50 hospitals in 11 specialities: cancer (37); digestive tract (17); ear, nose and throat (44); geriatrics (31); gynecology (25); hormonal disorders (35); neurology and neurosurgery (30); orthopedics (43); respiratory disorders (20); rheumatology (25); and urology (34).

___ HSU names department heads. Herbert Grover has been named head of the biology department at Hardin-Simmons University, and Michelle Marlene Dose has been named head of the chemistry and physics department.

___ Sloan names assistant. Randall O'Brien, acting chair of the religion department at Baylor University, has been named executive assistant to President Robert Sloan. O'Brien has served on the religion department faculty since 1991. In his new role, he will represent the president at some functions and be responsible for day-to-day management of the president's office.

___ Glorieta scholarships available. LifeWay Conference Center at Glorieta and the Baptist General Convention of Texas evangelism division have made available 50 scholarships for the Texas prayer conference scheduled for Aug.1-5. Those eligible are pastors, associational prayer coordinators and associatioal directors of evangelism. Scholarships cover the program fee and lodging at Glorieta. Recipients must provide their own transportation and are required to purchase the meal ticket at Glorieta, which is $55 per adult and $33 per child. For more information, call the Glorieta registration office at (800) 797-4222.



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