The Rev. Dr. Robert
E. Fannin to become
Bishop in Residence at Florida Southern College
LAKELAND, Fla. (Jan. 21,
2004) - Bishop Robert E. Fannin, a 1958 FSC graduate and former
senior minister of First United Methodist Church of Lakeland, will
become Bishop in Residence of Florida Southern College in September
following his retirement. Fannin is currently presiding bishop of
the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC)
"We are delighted to have Dr. Fannin as our Bishop in Residence,"
said FSC president Dr. Thomas Reuschling. "He will be extraordinarily
valuable in our church relation efforts because of his high stature
in the Florida Conference."
Following completion of his master's and doctoral studies at Candler
School of Theology, Emory University, Fannin served in the Florida
Annual Conference of UMC in Lake Alfred, Gainesville, Stuart, Lakeland
and Miami, where he was district superintendent of the Miami district.
He was involved there as a member of the Hispanic Social Services
board of directors; trustee of the South Florida Center for Theological
Studies and the Haitian Advisory Council; and member of the coalition
of Religious Leaders in Miami. To honor his work, Metropolitan Dade
County declared June 9, 1991 Dr. Robert E. Fannin Day. Upon election
to the Episcopacy at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference
in July 1992, Fannin was assigned to the Birmingham area.
Fannin was a delegate to the General and Jurisdictional Conference
in 1984, 1988 and 1992, and to the World Methodist Conference in
1986, 1992, 1997 and 2002. He serves as vice-chair of World Evangelism
of the World Methodist Council; vice-chair of General Council on
Finance and Administration; vice-chair of Emory University Board
of Trustees; and president of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Court
of Appeals. He is a board member of several national boards and
agencies of UMC including the General Council on Ministries and
Board of Higher Education and Ministry; and presently serves on
the board of trustees of Birmingham-Southern College, Bethune-Cookman
College and Huntingdon College. He is a past president of the Southeastern
Jurisdictional Administrative Council and current chair of its finance
Fannin and his wife, Faye Thomas Fannin '59, whom he met at FSC,
are looking forward to their return to Lakeland after 12 years in
Birmingham. "We hope to serve the FSC community in any way we are
needed," the bishop said. "Our experiences at FSC were significant
in the molding of our lives."
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.