• Longtime Baylor Bear retiring as president of Carson-Newman University

    Dr. Randall O'Brien at Carson-Newman Commencement

    At the end of December, Dr. Randall O’Brien — a former longtime Baylor professor and administrator — will step down from his position as president of Carson-Newman University into retirement after a decade of service at the Tennessee Baptist school.

    O’Brien worked at Baylor from 1991, when he was hired as a religion professor, until 2008, when he was named president of Carson-Newman. During his time in Waco, O’Brien received multiple teaching awards from students — including three different outstanding professor awards — before moving into administration, where he at various times served as chair of the religion department, vice president for academic affairs, interim dean of Truett Seminary, and provost.

    Beyond the classroom, O’Brien is an established author, frequent pastor and decorated military veteran. He has published more than 100 scholarly articles and written multiple books, including Set Free by Forgiveness: The Way to Peace and Healing and Who Is Jesus?. O’Brien also has served as pastor at churches throughout Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana, and he received four medals (including the Bronze Star) for his service in Vietnam.

    Upon his retirement, Dr. O’Brien will be leaving a long list of Baylor graduates who serve as top executives at colleges and universities nationwide and even around the world:

    Sic ’em, Dr. O’Brien and Baylor presidents everywhere!

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