SAN ANTONIO – June 13, 2007 – Union University presented Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page with its M.E. Dodd Denominational Service Award during a June 13 dessert reception at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.
The Dodd Award is the highest denominational service award Union gives. It is named for the man who was a Union alumnus, served as president of the SBC and who was the father of today’s Cooperative Program, the method by which Southern Baptists pool their resources to fund their mission efforts.
The award is given annually to a leader within the Southern Baptist Convention who displays excellence and leadership in Southern Baptist life, as well as friendship and commitment to Union University. Past recipients include Jimmy Draper (2004), Adrian Rogers (2005) and Morris Chapman (2006).
“We applaud Frank Page for his leadership in Southern Baptist life, for his statesmanship and for his deep dedication to the vision of M.E. Dodd and the Cooperative Program,” Union University President David S. Dockery said.
Page, pastor of First Baptist Church in Taylors, S.C., said he was honored to receive the award, “especially in light of those who have received it previously.”
“I look for excellence everywhere I go,” Page told Union alumni and friends at the reception. “I have found it at Union University.
“There are other Christian institutions with a commitment to the truthfulness of Scripture, and there are other institutions with outstanding academic programs,” Page continued. “Bringing the two together is rare – and almost singular – and Union University exemplifies it all.”
As part of the reception, Dockery updated those in attendance about some of the highlights from Union University over the past year, including:
Thanking those in attendance for their prayers and support, Dockery noted that these highlights were examples of so many other good things that were a part of the best year ever at Union University.