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  • Ph.D. in Leadership Studies

    Lead with Distinction.

    Through our commitment to servant leadership, we develop you for the leadership role you have today—and in the future. Our experienced faculty work alongside your particular interests to guide you to the next level of excellence in your chosen field.

Ph.D. Program Faculty

Name Current Position Education
Dr. Gary Cook Chancellor and former President,
Dallas Baptist University
M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
M.S., University of North Texas
D.Min., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Jim Denison Co-Founder and President,
Denison Forum on Truth and Culture
M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Kimberly Figaro Assistant Professor of Statistics and Leadership,
Gary Cook School of Leadership,
Dallas Baptist University
M.B.A., Dallas Baptist University
Ph.D., Dallas Baptist University
Dr. Justin Gandy Associate Professor of Management,
Gary Cook School of Leadership,
Dallas Baptist University
M.B.A., Texas Tech
M.Div., Logsdon Seminary at Hardin-Simmons
Ph.D., Dallas Baptist University
Dr. Bob Garrett Director, Piper Chair of Missions, and Professor of Missions,
Dallas Baptist University
M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Rodney Garrett Professor of Higher Education,
Gary Cook School of Leadership,
Dallas Baptist University
M.Ed. in Higher Education, Dallas Baptist University
Ph.D., University of North Texas
Dr. Jack Goodyear Dean, Gary Cook School of Leadership, and Professor of Political Science,
College of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Dallas Baptist University
M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Baylor University
Dr. Rick Gregory Assistant Provost For Regional Education In Outreach at the Southaven Regional Campus of the University of Mississippi,
Adjunct Professor of Qualitative Research,
Gary Cook School of Leadership,
Dallas Baptist University
M.Ed. in Kinesiology, Sam Houston State University
Ph.D., University of Houston
Dr. Norma Hedin Provost, and Professor of Leadership and Research,
Gary Cook School of Leadership,
Dallas Baptist University
M.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Sue Kavli Associate Dean and Director of Research,
Gary Cook School of Leadership,
Dallas Baptist University
M.S., North Dakota State University
Ph.D., Capella University
Dr. Blake Killingsworth Vice President for Communications,
Dallas Baptist University
M.A., Wheaton College
Ph.D., Texas Christian University
Dr. Jim Lemons Director, M.A. in Theological Studies and Professor of Theological Studies and Leadership, Mary C. Crowley College of Christian Faith,
Dallas Baptist University
M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Jon Lineberger Director of Major Gifts,
Prestonwood Christian Academy
M.A.C., Dallas Baptist University
Ed.D., University of Alabama
Dr. Joe Matos Professor of Biblical Studies, Mary C. Crowley College of Christian Faith,
Dallas Baptist University
M.Div. B.L., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Terri Moore Adjunct Faculty,
Dallas Baptist University
M.A. in Theological Ministry, Dallas Theological Seminary,
Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary
Dr. Mary Nelson Director, Ph.D. in Leadership Studies, Gary Cook School of Leadership, and Professor of Leadership and English,
Dallas Baptist University
M.A., Southern Methodist University
M.A. and Ph.D., Rice University
Dr. Ross O’Brien Director, Center for Business as Mission, and Professor of Management, College of Business,
Dallas Baptist University
M.B.A., Dallas Baptist University
Ph.D., University of Texas-Arlington
Dr. Herb Pedersen Director, Mentored Leadership Internship Program,
Dallas Baptist University
M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
D.Min., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Sandra Reid Chair, Graduate School of Business, and Professor of Business,
Dallas Baptist University
M.B.A., University of Dallas
Ph.D., University of North Texas
Dr. Michael Whiting Assistant Professor, Christian History and Leadership,
Dallas Baptist University
M.A., Wheaton College
Ph.D., University of Wales, Lampeter
Dr. Mike Williams Professor of History, College of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Dallas Baptist University
M.A.C.T., Auburn University
M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Adam Wright

President,
Dallas Baptist University

M.Ed. in Higher Education, Dallas Baptist University
Ph.D., Dallas Baptist University

"The Ph.D. in Leadership challenges students as scholars all the while cultivating their strengths as leaders and galvanizing their pursuit of God's calling."

— Dr. Mary Nelson, Ph.D. Director

“At DBU, you will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with other top leaders in business, education, government, ministry, and other disciplines.”

— Dr. Jeremy Dutschke

“Being a part of the Gary Cook School of Leadership remains one of the defining moments not only in my educational pursuits, but also in my life and journey as a follower of Jesus.”

— Dr. Marcus Goodloe, Ph.D. Graduate

“The thing that drew me to DBU was the opportunity to pursue a degree that was Christ-centered and had the discipline and rigor associated with the formal Ph.D. program.”

— Dr. Doug Lawson, Ph.D. Graduate

“The Ph.D. in Leadership Studies professors are my coaches spurring me on to become the leader God has called me to be.”

— Dr. Joseph Myung
Senior Pastor, San Diego, CA

“The Leadership Studies Ph.D. at DBU is a life-changing experience. Hard work and challenge await those who enter the program, but the results are personally and professionally rewarding.”

— Dr. Chris Medenwald, Ph.D. Graduate