Throughout an institution’s history, certain individuals become instrumental to its stability and success. To Southeastern Free Will Baptist College, Dr. Danny Baer is one of those notable individuals. The Southeastern community holds Dr. Baer in high esteem for his godliness, wisdom, servant-leadership, and vision. He first began working as an adjunct faculty member for the College in 1983 and has served in the various capacities of Business Manager, full-time Professor, Registrar, IT Director, Academic Dean, and most recently, College Dean since 2018.  Throughout his tenure at the College, he has influenced a generation of students in Bible, business, and education classes. With his big hands and an even bigger heart, God has used him to shape and mold lives for the work of God’s kingdom. His influence and guidance were significant in supervising the faculty and developing and maintaining the degree programs of the College. While the Academic Dean, Dr. Baer was pivotal in spurring and achieving the recently awarded national accreditation through the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). His vision and leadership were crucial in seeing this monumental goal accomplished.

Words cannot sufficiently express our thankfulness to Danny and Debbie Baer for the years of dedicated service to our faculty, staff, and students. President Nate Ange remarked, “I am so grateful to Dr.  Baer for his friendship and his faithfulness to the Lord over decades of devoted service at the College.”

The Southeastern community collectively stands and applauds the Baers as this godly couple transitions into retirement on June 30, 2021. We know they will continue to be active in Kingdom ministry as they faithfully exercise their talents for Christ. Although we will greatly miss the Baers on campus, their influence will remain long into the future of Southeastern.