LAKELAND, Fla. – Dr. Jerry Haag, president of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes announced his resignation at a staff meeting Thursday morning. Haag will be leaving on April 15, 2011 to begin his new responsibilities as vice president of university development at Baylor University, his alma mater.
“Judge Ken Starr has asked me to join his President’s Council and to lead the development efforts for all of Baylor. I have known God’s call on my life to Baylor for more than two decades, and this is His fulfillment of that calling,” Haag said.
As vice president and member of the president’s executive council, Dr. Haag will lead Baylor’s development office, which is charged with working with Baylor’s donor community to raise funds in support of university initiatives and programs. Most recently, the development office has partnered with President Starr on the $100 million President’s Scholarship Initiative, to be completed in 2013.
University President, Judge Ken Starr describes Haag as the right person to help Baylor achieve its ambitious fundraising goals.
“Dr. Haag is an accomplished and gifted Baylor alumnus. Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Haag has exhibited visionary leadership, abiding faith, selfless service and a profound commitment to purpose, both in his personal and professional life,” Starr said.
“Those characteristics make him the right person to help Baylor achieve its ambitious fundraising goals by engaging the entire Baylor family, while confidently reaching out to those outside our family who share our vision and generously wish to support our distinct and important mission. It is a great joy and privilege for me to welcome Dr. Haag back to his beloved alma mater as vice president for development.” “Under the faithful leadership of Judge Starr, Baylor is in a phenomenal position for future growth,” Haag said. “Guided by our president and a remarkably committed board of regents, and anchored by an outstanding faculty and staff and the most incredible students, Baylor is experiencing momentum on a national scale that distinguishes our university from all others. I am delighted to be called to serve at this momentous time in Baylor’s history, and I could not be more pleased and excited to return to the university that I love so dearly,” Haag said.
Haag said that he expects a smooth transition after his departure. “I am working closely with Bobby Musselwhite (chairman of the board of trustees) our board’s executive committee, and our staff leadership to insure there is a smooth transition,” Haag said.
“Knowing that this is God’s will for my family, I am confident of God’s continued protection and leadership for the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes. God has already gone before us and knows who the next president will be. I am confident that person will build on the work we have done together for children and families.
“Christi and I love this amazing ministry and our Florida Baptist family! Now more than ever, the Children’s Homes needs our support and financial gifts as Mother’s Day approaches. This ministry is fulfilling God’s mandate for each of us to care for widows and orphans. As individuals, pastors, and churches, now is the time for each of us to make a difference in the lives and eternities of children through our advocacy and promotion of the Mother’s Day Offering.
“Christi and I know this to be some of the sweetest four years of ministry, friends and family that we have experienced,” Haag said.
Under Haag’s leadership the Children’s Homes has grown from nine locations to 17 domestically, launched an international childcare ministry One More Child, and increased the number of children and families cared for by more than 200%.
Haag received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Baylor and earned a doctorate in finance and real estate in 1995 from the University of Texas at Arlington. He served from 1995 to 1997 as an assistant professor at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan., where he was named the Mortar Board Top Professor in 1995 and 1996. From 1997 to 1998, he taught at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., before joining Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham as administrative pastor from 1998-2000. He also has corporate work experience with AT&T and is a Certified Financial Planner