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Truett-McConnell Inaugurates Eighth President

On March 26, 2009, Truett-McConnell College will celebrate a historic event—the inauguration of its eighth president, Dr. Emir F. Caner. TMC alumni and friends of the college are invited to attend the inauguration at 9:30 AM in the college gymnasium.
Dr. Emir Caner

Dr. Caner holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He came to Truett-McConnell in mid-August of 2008 from Fort Worth, TX, having served as Dean of the College at Southwestern, the undergraduate division of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Director of the Center for Free Church Studies at the seminary.

He was reared a Sunni Muslim and is the first former Muslim to become president of a college or university affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. At the age of 38, he is also the youngest man to take the helm of Truett-McConnell.

Featured speakers on the inaugural program will include Dr. Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Seminary; Dr. Johnny Hunt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention; Dr. Ergun Caner, brother of the TMC president and president of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, VA; Dr. Robert White, executive director of the Georgia Baptist Convention; Dr. Frank Cox, pastor of North Metro First Baptist Church; and Rev. Bucky Kennedy, president of the Georgia Baptist Convention.

Dr. Caner is married to the former Hana Titerova, a native of the Czech Republic. The Caners have three children: John Mark, 6; Daniela, 3; and Anna, 1.

He is the author or co-author of 16 books with several more in various stages of preparation for publishing. He and his brother are co-authors of Unveiling Islam: An Insider’s Look at Muslim Life and Beliefs, which has proved to be a very timely and popular explanation of Islamic belief and practice. Dr. Caner is in great demand as a speaker both nationally and internationally.

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