David E. Garland

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David E. Garland
Born (1947-09-24) September 24, 1947 (age 70)
Crisfield, Maryland
Nationality American
Occupation Former Interim President at Baylor University
Known for Academic, University President
Academic background
Education University of Tübingen, Macquarie University
Alma mater Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D.)
Academic work
Discipline Biblical studies
Sub-discipline New Testament studies
Institutions Baylor University
Notable works Mark (NIVAC); 1 Corinthians (BECNT); Theology of Mark (Zondervan)

David E. Garland (born September 24, 1947)[1] served as the interim president of Baylor University, in Waco, Texas. His term began in June 2016 amid the Baylor sexual assault scandal and resignation of former president Ken Starr. Garland's term concluded May 31, 2017. He is credited for leading the school during its arguably two most tumultuous and difficult periods by exhibiting servant-leadership, restoring values, reconciling relationships, and creating an environment for possible future growth. For example, during his second interim-presidency, the university reports he was able to implement all 105 recommendations related to the institution's response to sexual violence. He expanded Baylor's parental leave and adoption assistance benefits; established student services such as the Beauchamp Addiction Recovery Center; and committed to join other universities such as Duke, Harvard, Michigan and UCLA in educating a combined 50,000 more high-achieving, lower-income students by 2025. In appreciation for his services during two occasions as interim president, the David E. Garland Scholarship Fund was established. The fund is dedicated to scholarships for students at Baylor's George W. Truett Theological Seminary, where Dr. Garland continues to teach.

He is Professor of Christian Scriptures at Baylor's George W. Truett Theological Seminary, where he served as the seminary's fourth dean from June 2007 to June 2015. During this time, he was Baylor's interim president from August 2008 through May 2010 and Interim provost from July 2014 to June 2015. He was honored to have The David E. Garland Chair of Preaching provided for the seminary through the initial gift of an anonymous donor and subsequent gifts from others. He also served on the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary faculty for 21 years, was chairman of the Biblical Division from 1992 to 1997, and was the Ernest and Mildred Hogan Professor of New Testament Interpretation from 1993 to 1997. A magna cum laude graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and U.S. Navy veteran, he received his master of divinity and doctoral degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and also completed postgraduate work at Eberhardt-Karls Universitat in Taübingen, Germany, and Macquarrie University in Sydney, Australia.

In addition to his administrative duties, Garland is a New Testament scholar, having authored, co-authored, and edited 24 books, which include commentaries on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Acts, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Colossians, and Philemon. His publishers include Mercer University Press, Baker Books, and Zondervan Publishing. He has also published more than fifty articles and contributed to the acclaimed DVD series, "Deeper Connections," produced by Zondervan. His Mark: NIV Application Commentary [NIVAC] received a Silver Medallion from the CBA in 1996. "The Gospel of Mark" in Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary received the Gold Medallion Award from the ECPA in 2003. 1 Corinthians (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) received a Silver Medallion from the ECPA and an Award of Merit from Christianity Today in 2004. His most recent book, The Theology of Mark (2015), was nominated as a finalist in the Bible Reference category of the ECPA Christian Book Award. He is an elected member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.

Dr. Garland remains closely connected to local church ministry. He has preached in churches throughout the US, Australia, and Africa, and has served as interim pastor of sixteen churches in Kentucky, Indiana, and Texas.

Dr. Garland's late wife, Dr. Diana S. Richmond Garland, served as the founding dean of Baylor's School of Social Work, which was renamed in her honor. They co-authored several books, including Flawed Families of the Bible: How God's Grace Works Through Imperfect Relationships (Brazos Press).


September 22, 2017: The Houston Chronicle reports a court filing revealed Baylor University Interim President David E. Garland stated in online communication with a Baylor administrator that some women who said they had been sexually assaulted were willing victims who deserved God's wrath. Garland cited an NPR episode in which the author chronicled alcoholism in college. Garland said the piece "added another perspective for me of what is going on in the heads of some women who may seem willingly to make themselves victims."[2]


  1. ^ "David E. Garland faculty page". Baylor University. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ex-Baylor president: Some women 'make themselves victims'". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-10-15.