Presidential Inauguration

The Inauguration of Dr. Eric A. Turner, 25th president of Southwest Baptist University

The Inauguration of eric A. Turner, Ed.D.

Ceremony Details

Please join us as we formally mark the beginning of Dr. Turner's leadership at SBU, while celebrating the University's rich history and reaffirming the University's mission.

Friday, April 26, 2019

10:00 a.m.

Mabee Chapel

SBU Bolivar Campus

Event Accommodations

Several Bolivar hotels are offering discounted rates for guests of Dr. Turner's Inauguration. Please call the front desk at the number listed and ask for the SBU Inauguration rate to receive the discount.

Best Western Plus
777 E San Martin St
Bolivar MO 65613
(417) 326-0188

Comfort Inn
2451 W Tower Dr
Bolivar MO 65613
(417) 326-6169

Super 8
1919 S Wommack Ave
Bolivar MO 65613
(417) 597-4950

Biography of Dr. Turner

Dr. Eric A. TurnerEric Turner was named president-elect on July 20, 2018, by the Southwest Baptist University Board of Trustees. He began his service as president-elect on Aug. 6, 2018, and assumed the presidency on Sept. 1, 2018. 
He comes from Black River Technical College (BRTC), where he served four years as president. Prior to this, he served 17 years in various administrative capacities at ā€ˇWilliams Baptist University. 
Under his leadership at BRTC, the college developed new community educational partnerships and collaborative efforts, launched three new academic programs and constructed the 39,000-square-foot Health Science Complex and Fire Drill Tower. Additionally, Turner rectified long-standing issues related to finance, accreditation and academics. 
During his time at Williams, Turner's work focused primarily on fundraising and accreditation. He and his team secured the largest planned gift in institutional history, along with numerous gifts earmarked for scholarships, capital construction, and renovations. 
He and his wife, Barbara, have a 16-year-old daughter, Emma.

About SBU

Founded in 1878, Southwest Baptist University is a private, Christian liberal arts university with four campuses to provide exemplar Christian higher education conveniently throughout southwest and south central Missouri. Campuses are in Bolivar, Mountain View, Salem and Springfield, Mo. The University offers more than 80 areas of academic study on undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.

Rooted in the Baptist faith, SBU's mission is to be a Christ-centered, caring academic community preparing students to be servant leaders in a global society.

SBU is committed to the following core values:

  • Christian Distinctiveness
  • Baptist Heritage
  • Compassion and Care for SBU Family
  • Academic Excellence
  • Social and Spiritual Development
  • Personal Wellness

Highlights of SBU's History

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Brittany Earl
Executive Coordinator
President's Office
(800) 526-5859
(417) 328-1500


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