Special to the Bulletin

Dave Fair, a double major in pastoral counseling and psychology studies from Brownwood, has been named valedictorian of the 2007 Bethel Bible College and Seminary graduating class and presented the valedictory address during commencement exercises June 16 on the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark.

Fair, who was awarded a Ph.D., earned a 3.83 grade point average.

Guest speaker for the commencement breakfast was Jonesboro Mayor Doug Forman. Also present and giving the welcome was Jonesboro Alderman Ann Williams.

Commencement speaker was V. Rick McDaniel, PhD, senior associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at Arkansas State University. Also speaking was Dr. Dorothy King, chancellor of Bethel Bible College and Seminary, and the Rev. Dr. Y. Rebekah Newkirk, chaplain services, Washington, D.C.

Greetings were read from Arkansas Gov. Mike Bebe and Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

In February 2007, Fair was awarded a doctorate of clinical Christian counseling from Central Christian University in Lexington, N.C. He earned his Master’s in Christian care and counseling from Bethel in August 2000.

Fair was granted a professorship in January of 2007 by the Certification Institute of Religious Educators, and is dean of Specialized Chaplaincy Studies for Chaplain Bible Institute. He is a faculty member for the Wayne E. Oates Institute, in Lexington, Ky., having recently completed their course work and practicum as a pastoral care specialist.

Fair, serves as chair of the Education Committee of the International Conference of Police Chaplains, and is a member of the board of the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology, as well as member of the Scientific and Professional Advisory Committee of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

Fair serves as director of law enforcement chaplaincy for Chaplain Fellowship Ministries International, and is on the advisory board of PoliceUSA.

Fair is chair of the Brownwood, Brown County EMS Oversight Committee and a member of the Board of Trustees of Central Texas Mental Health, Mental Retardation (Center for Life Resources). He also serves on the Ethics and Professional Standards Committee of the American College of Medical Quality.

Fair a first lieutenant, serves as a brigade chaplain, 2nd Battalion, Second Brigade, Texas State Guard, and is director of Chaplain Services of the Brownwood Police Department; chaplain, Brown County Sheriff’s Department; senior chaplain, Region IV, Texas Department of Public Safety; and vice-president of Volunteer Chaplains at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

An elder at Abundant Life Church, Fair was ordained to the ministry in 1986. He carries a master chaplain credential from the International Conference of Police Chaplains.

Fair operates a limited faith-based practice specializing in trauma. He holds board certifications in forensic traumatology, school crisis response, crisis chaplaincy, and expert in traumatic stress. Additionally, the Certification Board in Homeland Security of the American College of Forensic Examiners certified him at Level III in Homeland Security.