Dr. J. Blair Blackburn of Dallas visits with East Texas Baptist University softball coach Janae Shirley and ETBU Interim Provost Dr. Tommy Sanders after addressing students, faculty, and staff of the university. The ETBU Board of Trustees elected Dr. Blackburn as its next president during a special meeting Tuesday. Courtesy Photo/ETBU/Mike Midkiff

MARSHALL– The East Texas Baptist University Board of Trustees elected Minden native Dr. J. Blair Blackburn to serve as its next president.

The announcement came from ETBU Board of Trustees chair Hal Cornish after a special called trustee meeting Tuesday afternoon.

“Dr. Blackburn is an exceptionally well qualified and highly experienced individual ideally suited to be ETBU’s next president,” Cornish said. “The Board of Trustees and the entire ETBU community is very excited about the University’s bright future under the presidential leadership of Dr. Blackburn.”

Dr. Blackburn will succeed Dr. Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver who left to become the president of Union University

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