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Hankins named as executive VP, Merrell senior adviser to EC


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - Several top-level staff changes within the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee were announced by President Morris H. Chapman during the committee's Sept. 22 sessions in Nashville, Tenn.

Chapman said David E. Hankins will become executive vice president of the Executive Committee and William A. (Bill) Merrell will become senior executive adviser to the Executive Committee.

Hankins, 54, joined the Executive Committee staff as vice president for convention policy in 1996 and was named vice president for Cooperative Program in 1998.

The Executive Committee staffing has not included the position of executive vice president since 1998.

Merrell, 60, who is continuing to recover from a stroke last fall, has served as the Executive Committee's vice president for convention relations since 1996. While his new position will be voluntary, he will continue to receive retirement and medical benefits through the Executive Committee.