Presidential Search

Application Process and timeline

Southwest Baptist University is seeking its 25th president, who will have an unparalleled opportunity to take one of America’s Best Christian universities to the next level with the support of an outstanding Board of Trustees, faculty, students, alumni, staff, and external constituencies. We are searching for a principled leader who can harness the University’s strengths, while inspiring and championing a collective future vision.


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Position posting and application deadline: February 15 - April 23, 2018

Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to April 23, 2018.

Anticipated timeline

April-May 2018 Search Committee evaluates applications and selects initial interview candidates
Early June 2018 Search Committee conducts initial interviews
June 2018 Search Committee selects final candidates for on-campus interviews
Early July 2018 Board of Trustees on-campus interviews of finalist candidates
July 2018 Offer extended to final candidate


We encourage faculty, staff, students, alumni and other friends of the University to nominate individuals for the position. To make a nomination, please contact Dr. Allison Langford, Search Committee Chair.

By email:

By mail:
Dr. Allison Langford
Southwest Baptist University
1600 University Ave.
Bolivar MO 65613

A Legacy of Service

Dr. C. Pat Taylor, has left a profound legacy after leading SBU for nearly 22 years.As the University prepares for a transition of leadership, we celebrate Dr. C. Pat Taylor’s 22 years of service as the longest-serving president in the University’s 140-year history.

Dr. Taylor has been instrumental in fundraising, expanding academic offerings and obtaining record student enrollment numbers. He also led the adoption of a new mission statement that continues to guide the institution today.

For more information about Dr. Taylor's legacy, read his biography or the news release announcing his retirement.

Honor Dr. Taylor's Legacy