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Trinity Board elects Perrin as President, honors Dockery’s service

Trinity CommunicationsJune 07, 2019

The Trinity International University Board of Regents elected Nicholas Perrin as the 16th president of the institution, awarded an honorary doctorate to outgoing president David S. Dockery, and approved tenure for two divinity school professors during its June meetings.

A 10-member search committee recommended Perrin as the next president. Perrin interviewed with the full board June 6, just prior to the unanimous vote to elect him president. He assumes the presidency immediately. (Please see a separate story about Perrin’s credentials and reactions to the election.)

Outgoing president David S. Dockery (right) receives encouragement from EFCA president and TIU regent Kevin Kompelien. | photo by Lisa Weathers

Dockery concluded 23 years of service as president at two institutions, including five years leading TIU. In his final report to the Board as president, Dockery said confirmed deposits for admission to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School are 40 students ahead of the four-year average for enrollment, and 50 students greater than the previous year’s pace.

He reported the university’s expenditures for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which concluded on April 30, had been reduced by $1.3 million. Dockery praised administrators for putting curbs on spending. The university’s overall net assets declined slightly, due mostly to a downturn in the stock market that affected investments in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Dockery said programs such as the growing Doctor of Ministry program in South Korea, far-reaching online degree programs and an alumni footprint in about 100 countries all convey the global impact of Trinity.

“You can’t tell stories of transformed lives simply by looking at data analysis,” Dockery told the Board, “but we can rejoice together that this place is truly making a difference.”

The board appointed Dockery University Chancellor, a role in which he will advise the new president during the transition. The board also awarded Dockery an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from TEDS, making him an honorary alumnus.

A full summary of accomplishments during the Dockery era appears in the latest edition of Trinity magazine.

The board also approved recommendations from its academic committee to grant tenure to associate professor for educational and leadership studies Deborah Colwill and associate professor of evangelism and missional ministry David Gustafson.

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