Vice President for Operations/COO
Robert Riggs serves as the vice president for Campus Operations / (Chief Operating Officer) and oversees the operations departments, including Information Technology, Human Resources, Housing, Food Service, 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, two masters' 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, Halliburton, and Walmart), Robert transferred his engineering and business background to DTS. He has coordinated the strategic planning efforts for the Seminary and has been a leader in 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 the planning and development for the New Chapel and Student Life Building currently under construction and the modernization of the computer systems used to operate DTS.
Robert serves as an elder at Faith Bible Church of DeSoto, Texas, where he has attended for over 30 years. He has been married to his wife Patti for 31 years, and they have three sons. Robert also serves as the Vice President for the public school board in Cedar Hill, his home town for 17 years. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his three boys and loves playing soccer, sailing, and being outside with friends whenever possible.