We are excited to announce that the SEU Board of Trustees has named Glenn Pearl as our Librarian Emeritus. He is the first faculty member to hold this title, and the honor was given to him due to his 37 years of service to the university and his commitment to research excellence, student mentorship, and spiritual development in the lives of students.
Pearl most recently served as the reference and serials librarian and the Steelman Library’s liaison for the Barnett College of Ministry & Theology. Pearl started out as a library cataloger when he originally came to SEU in 1986. He would then go on to work in several roles at SEU, including director of institutional effectiveness/research and planning, and as the registrar. He also taught numerous sections of Hermeneutics; Old and New Testament Surveys; Introduction to the Bible; Christ, Culture, and the University; and Introduction to Honors Thesis.
From 1994 to 2005, Pearl served as SEU’s accreditation liaison with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and was instrumental in the first two accreditation reaffirmation processes. In addition, he wrote three iterations of the online Hermeneutics course and revised the entire faculty handbook for many years.
Within his more recent position, Pearl’s responsibilities involved bibliographic instruction, preparation of library reports, assessment, and service on various committees. His knowledge and professional interests span areas such as copyright, scholarly communication, open access, and the interrelationship between the instruction of Hermeneutics and how it is applied in pastoral roles.
Pearl earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies from Southwestern College of Christian Ministries and his Master of Library Science terminal degree from the School of Library Science at the University of Oklahoma.