August 4, 1999

___ Tolar named interim dean at Southwestern. William Tolar has been named interim dean of the school of theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Tolar, distinguished professor of biblical backgrounds and special consultant to the president, was vice president for academic affairs and provost from 1990 to 1996 and dean of the school of theology from 1981 to 1990. President Ken Hemphill said he is conducting a nationwide search to replace Thomas Lea, who died July 3.

___ Wake divinity school to open. Wake Forest University Divinity School will open in North Carolina this fall with 24 full-time students from a variety of denominational backgrounds, officials have announced. Nineteen women and five men will comprise the first class seeking a three-year master of divinity degree through the new program. They range in age from 21 to 74, said Scott Hudgins, director of admissions and student services, and come from religious traditions including Baptist, Lutheran, Catholic, Moravian, Presbyterian, Episcopalian and United Church of Christ.

___ Mission action set for Australia. A prayer vigil on the steps of Australia's parliament building and a Habitat for Humanity-type housing project are among the avenues of missions action planned for the Baptist World Alliance's 18th Baptist World Congress, Jan. 5-9, 2000, in Melbourne, Australia. Congress participants also will work with inner-city youth, visit hospitals, join Australian Baptists in an environmental project and witness in a street ministry and a global festival aimed at the diverse Melbourne population.

___ Trull retiring. Joe Trull has announced his early retirement from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he has been a professor of Christian ethics since 1985. A former Texas pastor, he has relocated to Wimberley.

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