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DTS Presidential Search – SUMMER UPDATE


Dallas Theological Seminary has officially begun the presidential search process to find the successor to current president, Dr. Mark Bailey, who announced his retirement which will be effective June 30, 2020. The Presidential Search Committee has been established by the Board of Incorporate Members and is chaired by board member David Stevens. The search committee, with the approval of the Board of Trustees, has selected one of the nation’s leading executive recruiting firms, The Dingman Company, to give professional assistance in the search process for DTS’s sixth president.

Opportunity Profile

The Dingman Company

The search for DTS’s sixth president will be led by Mr. Bruce Dingman and Dr. David Gyerston. Mr. Dingman, a proven leader in executive recruitment, has conducted seventeen presidential searches for evangelical seminaries, colleges, and universities. Dr. Gyertson, who has served as president of Asbury University, Taylor University, and Regent University, has often teamed with Mr. Dingman for executive searches in Christian higher education. 

Nominations can be directed to Bruce Dingman.

Anticipated Search Timeline

Fall 2018 – Search consultants meet with board and officers. 

Late Fall 2018 – Search consultants conduct stakeholder listening sessions on campus. 

Winter 2019 – Presidential Leadership Profile describing the ideal candidate and summarizing the priorities for the next president is posted. Open solicitation of applicants commences. 

Spring 2019  Applications accepted and reviewed.

Summer 2019  Search committee conducts preliminary interviews and selects finalists to move forward by late summer.

Fall 2019 – Final candidate interview rounds. 

Late Fall 2019 – DTS Board elects president and makes public announcement. 

Spring/Summer 2020 – Seminary prepares for presidential transition.

July 2020 – New president takes office.

Recent Updates

Updates will be posted approximately every 60-90 days.

Spring/Summer Update:

Since beginning the search for the sixth president of Dallas Theological Seminary in October 2018, the DTS Presidential Search Committee has been busy looking through the nominations. The committee has reviewed each of the names submitted to determine whether the nominee’s skills and experience match the job requirements and has evaluated the nominee’s theological views to ensure alignment with DTS’s doctrinal commitments. As a result, a small number of candidates who best “fit” the seminary’s requirements will continue to the next stage of the review process. 

Over the next several weeks, we will extensively interview each of the remaining candidates. At the conclusion of these interviews, we will narrow down the candidates in order to make a recommendation to the DTS Board of Incorporate Members in the fall.

We are asking for your continued prayers as we take our next steps in this process. The Search Committee has committed to pray daily for God’s guidance. We have also committed ourselves to fasting. We invite you to join us in these disciplines should the Lord so move your heart.

–       David Stevens, DTS Presidential Search Committee Chair & Board of Incorporate Members Vice-Chair


To nominate a candidate, please email Bruce Dingman at the Dingman Company.  

As we embark on this search for a sixth president, we would greatly appreciate your prayers for the search consultants, the Presidential Search Committee members, the candidates, and our entire seminary family. It is our belief that God will bring the right leader “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).