Freed-Hardeman University has named a dean of graduate studies and outreach, according to an announcement by Dr. C.J. Vires, vice president for academics. Dr. Jesse Robertson, assistant professor of biblical studies, is currently in transition to the new position as he finishes teaching classes for the fall semester.
As dean of the graduate program, Robertson will work with graduate directors, faculty and deans to improve the university’s offerings and to increase enrollment in graduate, off-campus and non-traditional programs, Vires said. He will continue to teach Bible courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as serve as coordinator of the Master of Divinity program.
Robertson has been a member of the faculty since 2002, with a three-year leave to pursue a doctorate. He holds a B.A. in Bible from FHU, a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Tennessee Tech, an M.Div. from Harding Graduate School of Religion, and a Ph.D. in religion from Baylor University. His first book, “The Death of Judas, The Characterization of Judas Iscariot in Three Early Christian Accounts of His Death,” will be published next month.
In addition to his work at FHU, Robertson is one of the ministers of the Estes Church of Christ and has been involved with mission work in Haiti for many years. He and his wife Kayla have three children: Jacob, Emily and Anna.
Freed-Hardeman offers graduate degrees in Bible, business, counseling and education. Courses are available on-campus and online. Additional information about graduate opportunities may be obtained by contacting Robertson or visiting fhu.edu/graduatestudies.