Senior Vice President for Operations and Institutional Efficiency/COO
Robert Riggs serves as the senior vice president for Operations and Institutional Efficiency / (Chief Operating Officer). He oversees the operations departments, including Information Technology, Employee Success, Institutional Effectiveness & Research, Campus Housing, Event Services, Book Store, Security, Maintenance, Facilities and Plant Operations, new construction, and Campus Services (mail, distribution, and Copy Center). Robert also serves as a board member for the Dallas Seminary Foundation.
Robert earned a bachelor’s of science degree from Texas A&M University in industrial engineering and two master’s degrees: a Master of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Dallas (operations management) and a Masters of Arts in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary. After a successful management career with local Fortune 100 companies (PepsiCo, Rubbermaid, Dresser Industries, and Walmart), Robert transferred his engineering and business background to DTS. He has coordinated the strategic planning efforts for the Seminary and has helped lead the development of the comprehensive capital campaign and master facility planning efforts for the Dallas campus and Houston and Washington, DC, extension sites. His most recent projects include overseeing a 3-year multi-stage implementation of a cloud-based technology platform to support students, staff, and donors of the Seminary and overseeing the relocation of the DTS-Houston and DTS-DC extension sites to new locations. He has also led the planning and construction of the new Bailey Student Life and Chafer Chapel Building on the DTS, Dallas campus.
Robert serves as an elder at Faith Bible Church of DeSoto, Texas, where he has attended for over 32 years. He has been married to his wife Patti for 33 years, and they have three sons and one daughter-in-law. Robert also serves as the President of the public school board in Cedar Hill, his home town for 19 years. He enjoys traveling, spending time with his three boys, sailing, and being outside with friends and family whenever possible.