September 29, 1999

Dallas Baptist University:
God deserves glory for 100 great years

___"Great things he hath taught us; great things he hath done."
___Just as these words from the beloved hymn describe God's love for us and our gratitude for his grace, they apply equally to the miraculous history of Dallas Baptist University. Time and again over the past 100 years, DBU has experienced the grace of God. It has grown from solid, yet humble, beginnings into a multi-faceted, thriving institution. Its earliest years tell the story of many devoted and visionary people who were

committed to creating a school in Decatur that would be an important asset to Texas Baptist higher education. The countless students and lives that were forever impacted by Decatur Baptist College can attest to their success.
___But God had ways to use the school beyond the scope of its original roots in Decatur. After nearly 70 years, the school moved to Dallas. The transition was accompanied by many difficult obstacles that often seemed potentially fatal. However, now with more than 30 years on University Hill overlooking Mountain Creek Lake, Dallas Baptist University continues to firmly hold its place among Texas Baptist institutions and the other schools of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. What a joy it is to serve the Lord through this Texas Baptist ministry of Christian higher education. We are indebted to the thousands of Texas Baptists who have sacrificed financially to assure the future of DBU. We are also indebted to those who have prayed for the health of the institution and for our students, faculty and staff.
___DBU is reaching more students than ever. This fall semester, we have 3,921 students registered. About 3,100 of these students are undergraduates, and about 800 are graduate students. They come from across the nation and around the world to be part of DBU's continuing history. This fall, we have 255 international students from 41 countries. They come to experience its many innovative programs both in and out of the classroom, such as a college which recognizes the valuable experiential learning of adult students who return to meet their educational goals, a dynamic intercessory prayer ministry and a nationally prominent baseball team. They come to study in 55 undergraduate academic programs and eight graduate programs. They come to be part of a school where the trustees, faculty and staff demonstrate genuine care for them. Most importantly, they come to learn in an environment that unashamedly incorporates faith in Jesus Christ with the academic experience while they discover what God has in store for their lives.
___On the verge of a new millennium, as DBU pauses to enjoy this moment of achievement and prepares for the opportunities of its next century, I can only echo the concluding words of the university hymn: "And give him the glory; great things he hath done."


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