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Union trustees approve library feasibility study, honor Dockery for 15 years of leadership

David and Lanese Dockery pose next to the portrait of Dr. Dockery added to wall of Union University presidents in the Carl Grant Events Center. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)
David and Lanese Dockery pose next to the portrait of Dr. Dockery added to wall of Union University presidents in the Carl Grant Events Center. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)

JACKSON, Tenn.Dec. 3, 2010 – Union University trustees at their meeting Dec. 3 approved a feasibility study that will explore all aspects of building a new library and academic resource center on the Union campus.

Trustees Rod Parker, Paul Priddy, Norm Hill, Lisa Rogers, Harry Smith and Gil Fletcher will serve on the committee to oversee the campus master plan and study the possibility of a new library.

Trustees also approved Union President David S. Dockery’s annual report to the board, in which he recapped some of the major developments in the life of the university over the past year.

“In terms of enrollment, personnel, projects, resources and activity, the university has continued to see significant advancement,” Dockery reported. “The quality of the faculty, staff and student body has never been greater. The goal and challenge for the future is to ensure that the quality of the university’s work grows faster than the quantity of our work. …

“Ultimately, we give thanks to God for his blessings, guidance and enablement.”

Trustees honored Dockery for 15 years of service to the university. On Dec. 8, 1995, Dockery was elected as Union president, and the university has seen substantial and unprecedented growth during his administration – enrollment has more than doubled, the physical campus has expanded significantly, the number of donors has tripled, the budget has quadrupled and many new degrees and educational programs have begun.

“In my opinion, he put Union University on the map,” said Parker, chairman of Union’s Board of Trustees. “We have become much more visible in evangelical circles because of Dr. Dockery’s work.”

Trustees presented Dockery and his wife Lanese with various gifts, including funds and time for a study leave. The university added Dockery’s portrait to the wall of Union University presidents located in the foyer of the Carl Grant Events Center, and held an unveiling at the close of the trustee meeting.

In other matters, trustees gave full approval to the university’s plans to build a new building in Hendersonville and to partner with Baptists in Singapore. Randy Davis, executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, provided the devotional to open the meeting.

“Our hope is in Christ alone,” Davis said. “If you look at your limitations, you’re going to be really discouraged. But to think about what Christ can do, and Christ alone, you’re going to be blown away if you trust him.”


Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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