Williams Baptist University has announced a restructuring of its administration, highlighted by the hiring of a new vice president. Dr. Doug Walker (pictured above), who has served at several respected institutions in Christian higher education, has been hired as Vice President for University Advancement & Operations, and other administrators have assumed new responsibilities.
“Dr. Walker brings significant expertise and a wealth of fundraising experience to this position, and we are delighted to have him join us at Williams Baptist University. Doug’s desire to be a part of WBU is a strong affirmation of the quality of this institution and the bright future before us,” said Dr. Stan Norman, President of Williams.
“Soon after my arrival, I began praying that God would lead us to the person who could build upon the strong advancement foundation already here and move us forward in our fundraising efforts. We believe that God led us to Doug Walker, and our ensuing conversations and interactions confirmed that God was calling him to Williams. Both Doug and Virginia are faithful followers of the Lord and will be welcomed members of the Williams family.”
Walker comes to WBU from Trinity International University in Illinois, where he has served since 2015 as Associate Vice President for Advancement and University Relations.
He was at Union University in Tennessee from 2009 to 2015, where he was Executive Director of the Union University Foundation and Director of Major Gifts.
Walker served from 1993 to 2009 at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky, where he was Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement.
“Virginia and I are excited about the opportunity of serving the Lord through Williams Baptist University and grateful for the Lord’s call through Dr. Norman. President Norman’s vision for Williams and Christian higher education is exciting, and we are thrilled to join his team,” Walker said.
An Alabama native, he holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Alabama, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Philosophy from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Walker, who starts work at WBU on Feb. 4, will also serve as the Chief Operating Officer.
Other Cabinet members are assuming new roles at Williams, as well. Dr. Brett Cooper has been appointed Vice President for Creative Services & Technology and Special Assistant to the President. Cooper will be responsible for communications and marketing, as well as information technology at WBU.
“These enhanced responsibilities will allow WBU to more fully utilize Dr. Cooper’s expertise in communications and marketing, intensifying our focus on strategic branding and messaging,” Norman said. “Additionally, he will work closely with me, providing counsel and taking the lead on special projects and initiatives.”
Dr. Brad Baine’s administrative role has also expanded, as he assumes the new title of Vice President for Academic Affairs & Campus Life. In addition to academics, Baine will oversee areas and departments directly involving students, including athletics, student development and campus ministry.
“This structure facilitates an integration and synergy for the collaboration and planning of all matters pertaining to students. Dr. Baine’s expertise in academic affairs and his passion for Williams students will suit him very well in this role,” Norman commented.
Angela Flippo is another recent addition to the Williams cabinet, joining the university in September as Vice President for Enrollment Management.
“WBU continues to benefit from the outstanding leadership of Ms. Flippo,” Norman noted. “Her efforts are already making a difference, generating encouraging results in our recruiting efforts for next fall and beyond. Her singular focus will remain on this absolutely crucial area.”
As part of the restructure, the position of bursar has been created to provide supervision for business affairs and human resources. Aaron Andrews has been appointed Interim Bursar. Andrews is a 15-year veteran of WBU, having worked as Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving.
“This new administrative structure and talented team of leaders will help us fulfill the strategic vision laid out in our plan, ‘Renewing Minds, Transforming Lives,’” Norman said. “Tremendous days lie ahead for Williams Baptist University, and I believe that these cabinet and administrative transitions better enable us to advance our mission as we move boldly toward the future God has in store for us.”
WBU is a private, Christian university in Walnut Ridge.