The nine-month process to find Carson-Newman’s 23rd president has been something of a rebirth of the relationship between the 168-year-old institution and the Tennessee Baptist Convection.

Search Committee Chair David Ogle, a member of Gatlinburg’s First Baptist Church, told a media representative following Monday’s press conference that he was indebted to Dr. Randy Davis, president and executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, the leadership arm of the TBC.

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