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Southern Evangelical Seminary Inaugurates New President, Dr. Richard Land

Dr. Richard LandDr. Richard Land was inaugurated as the fourth president of Southern Evangelical Seminary last week, roughly three months after he took up the post and six months after his selection by the SES Board of Trustees.

During his "Presidential Response" speech, Dr. Land said it was important for SES to strive for excellence. Quoting legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, he said, "Gentlemen, we are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well we will not catch it …. But we are going to relentlessly chase it because in the process we will catch excellence. I am not remotely interested in just being good."

"I'm not interested in us here at Southern Evangelical Seminary being just good. I don't think Jesus put us here on earth to be just good," Dr. Land added, according to The Christian Post.

Before taking up the presidency at SES, Dr. Land had long served as President of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. In making its selection, the SES Board of Trustees considered Land to be one of the leading Christian voices for cultural apologetics in America over the past quarter of a century.

According to Dr. Land, “I can think of no better place to be involved in teaching this generation and the next, than here at SES.”

Published: October 17, 2013

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