Hagan to Conclude Service at End of 2013
February 4, 2013
It is with great sadness that the Board of Trustees announces that Dr. Mike Hagan plans to conclude his service to Sioux Falls Seminary as President and Professor of Hebrew Bible on December 31, 2013. Looking forward, Hagan will continue to pursue his passions of teaching and writing.
We invite you to join us in thanking President Hagan for his service to Sioux Falls Seminary over the last 29 years both in the classroom and as an administrator. His leadership has positively impacted the ministry of the seminary in countless ways, including building a strong team of faculty, administration, staff, and trustees to move the seminary forward.
“God has accomplished many things through the work and gifts of faithful servants over the years and visibly through the dedicated leadership of Dr. Mike Hagan. We are thankful and praise God for Mike and his 29 years of transformational service here at the seminary and, especially, the last 12 years as our president,” said the Rev. Brian Russell, Sioux Falls Seminary Board Chair. “A man of integrity, faith, and a love for people, Dr. Hagan has positioned the seminary well, and we see a future filled with hope, enduring stability, and a passion to be a seminary God uses for ministry around the world."
Looking Back at Hagan's Service
Hagan began teaching at Sioux Falls Seminary, then North American Baptist Seminary, in 1984 in the area of Old Testament and Hebrew Bible. In July 1995, he became Vice President for Academic Affairs and served in that role until becoming President in July 2001. In his service to Sioux Falls Seminary, Hagan helped the institution shape its vision for the future and led it through several major transitions, including a name change in May 2007 and relocation to its new LEED-Certified campus in July 2009.
In his twelve-year presidency, Hagan focused on expanding the services of the seminary to meet the changing needs of students, churches, and denominations in the region. Emphasis on contextual learning, or learning
through doing, created opportunities for students to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to real-life service in ministry contexts. In 2008, the seminary opened Summit House—giving students another outlet for contextual learning by living and serving in Pettigrew Heights while earning their degrees. When students found difficulty relocating to Sioux Falls for seminary education, Hagan and Sioux Falls Seminary began delivering educational services to students through online learning and through Sioux Falls Seminary Omaha, an extension of the seminary that offers residential Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry courses in the Omaha, NE, area.
Thanks to Hagan's vision, the effort to make seminary education more accessible has helped contribute to a rise in enrollment at the seminary over the last 18 months. Totals from March 2012 showed the school's highest numberof total students in the last decade for a complete academic year.
"Sometimes it is hard for educational institutions to change. During my time as President of Sioux Falls Seminary, we have worked together as an institution to be forward looking and nimble to meet the needs of our students and churches," said Hagan. "My time connecting with students and strengthening partnerships with churches, the North American Baptist Conference, and seminary friends has given me such great joy and fulfillment."
A transitional leadership team and presidential search committee will be established in the near future to lead the seminary through the transition and to search for a successor.