Uniting Baptist

Higher Education

The International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities enriches member institutions by stimulating and supporting a quest for high-quality Christian higher education. The Association is a voluntary organization of colleges, universities, and schools that lay claim to their Baptist history, heritage and relationships. It fosters intentional Christian education, while cooperating in the advancement of mutual well-being of each member.
We have 41 member schools consisting of over 100,000 students in 16 states and 3 countries. If you would like to join the association please email Ashley Hill at ashleyhill@baptistschools.org

Who is eligible to join?

Any institution may apply to the Board of Directors for membership in the Association by documenting the following criteria:

  1. A post-secondary institution of Christian higher education accredited by a CHEA (Council on Higher Education Accreditation) recognized accrediting agency appropriate to the mission of the school. International institutions should be approved by either their government or by an accrediting agency in their country recognized by CHEA;
  2. Status as a non-profit organization;
  3. Affiliation with or in cooperation with a Baptist association or convention;
  4. Identification of itself as a Baptist institution;
  5. Commitment to the principles historically held by Baptists.

After the Board of Directors makes its recommendation, the decision on membership is made by a majority vote to the members of the Association, guided by their interpretation of the above criteria.


  • Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver
    Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver President and Board Chair

    Dub Oliver, president and board chair of the IABCU is president of Union University.

  • Ashley Hill
    Ashley Hill Executive Secretary

Executive Committee

  • Barbara McMillin
    Barbara McMillin Vice Chair

    President, Blue Mountain College

    P.O. Box 160
    Blue Mountain, MS 38610

    Phone: 662-685-4771, ext. 130
    Email: bmcmillin@bmc.edu

  • Don Dowless
    Don Dowless Treasurer

    President, Shorter University

    Shorter University
    315 Shorter Avenue
    Rome, GA 30165

    Phone: 706-233-7201
    E-mail: ddowless@shorter.edu

  • Scott Bullard
    Scott Bullard Recording Secretary

    Vice President and Academic Dean, Judson College

    302 Bibb Street
    Marion, AL 36756

    Phone: 334-683-5104
    Email: sbullard@judson.edu

Board Members

Thomas Brisco

Provost, Hardin-Simmons University

HSU Box 16200, Abilene, Texas 79698


Stan Poole

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Ouachita Baptist University

OBU Box 3761, Arkadelphia, AR 71998


Loredana Haeger

Provost, Baptist College of Health Sciences

1003 Monroe Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
Phone: 901-572-2772
Email: loredana.haeger@bchs.edu

David Wilkinson

Executive Director, Associated Baptist Press

3116 Maple Ave., Waco, TX 76707
Phone: 800-340-6626, ext. 3
E-mail: David@abpnews.com

Gary Cook

Chancellor, Dallas Baptist University

3000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211
Phone: 214-333-5130
E-mail: mitch@dbu.edu

Tommy King

President. William Carey University

498 Tuscan Avenue
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Phone: 601-318-6495
E-mail: pres@wmcarey.edu

Pat Taylor

President, Southwest Baptist University

1600 University Avenue, Bolivar, MO 65613
Phone: 417-328-1500
Email: ptaylor@sbuniv.edu

Steve Vernon

Associate Executive Director, Baptist General Convention of Texas

333 North Washington, Dallas, TX 75246
Phone: 214-828-5302
E-mail: steve.vernon@texasbaptists.org

Jeff Iorg

President, Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention

3210 E. Guasti Rd
Ontario, CA 91761

Phone: 415-380-1322
Email: jeffiorg@gs.edu

Brad Creed

President, Campbell University

P.O. Box 127
Buies Creek, NC 27506

Phone: 910-893-1205
Email: creed@campbell.edu

Ron Ellis

President, California Baptist University

8432 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504

Phone: 9551-343-4210
Email: rellis@calbaptist.edu