David S. Dockery served as the 15th president of Trinity International University for five years and is now serving as the university chancellor. Prior to his time at Trinity, Dockery served as president of Union University for nearly two decades. During his presidency the enrollment more than doubled, the net assets of the institution more than tripled, the campus was transformed, and Union vaulted to a place of national leadership in Christian higher education.
Dockery has served as the chair of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the Consortium for Global Education, as well as the Christian College Consortium. He is the past president of the Evangelical Theological Society. He has also served on the governing board at Christianity Today International, Prison Fellowship (where he held the Carl Henry Chair of Theology), King’s College, the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities, and the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association.
Having authored or edited more than 30 volumes, and contributed to more than 60 other books, he is best known for his works in the area of Christian higher education, Baptist studies, and biblical interpretation. His authored books include Renewing Minds, Southern Baptist Consensus and Renewal, Biblical Interpretation Then and Now, Theologians of the Baptist Tradition, and the Holman Bible Handbook. His articles have been published in Touchstone, Books & Culture, and Christianity Today.
A native of Alabama, Dockery holds degrees from the University of Alabama-Birmingham (B.S), Grace Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Texas Christian University (M.A.), and the University of Texas system (Ph.D.), as well as additional studies at Drew University. He has been married to Lanese for 43 years. They have three married sons (Jon and Sarah, Ben and Julie, Tim and Andrea) and eight grandchildren. Their travels have taken them to the various regions of the United States and Canada, as well as to Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Middle East.