JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) — Union University President David S. Dockery will assume the leadership of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill., after the institution’s Board of Regents unanimously elected him as president Feb. 28. “We are overwhelmingly grateful to God for the invitation from the Trinity Board to serve the students, staff, faculty and various institutional constituencies in the days ahead,” Dockery said, who has served as the Jackson, Tenn,, university president for nearly 18 years. “We are humbled by the confidence that the Board has communicated to us in this call to guide Trinity forward in the days and years to come.” John D. Woodbridge, research professor of church history and the history of Christian thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, said, “David Dockery is truly an evangelical statesperson. He is one of the most respected Christian educators, authors, theologians and biblical scholars in the United States. Members of the community … look forward to giving Dr. Dockery their full and enthusiastic support as he leads them in creating an education for students that integrates the gospel of Jesus Christ with a first class education.” Union trustees on Feb. 10 elected Dub Oliver as Dockery’s successor. Dockery will officially assume the Trinity presidency June 1 after the Evangelical Free Church of America’s board of directors approves his appointment.