October 11, 2016
With strong support from the Executive Committee of the seminary trustees, President Molly T. Marshall appointed Francisco M. Litardo as Vice President of Marketing and Community Engagement. Mr. Litardo has served the seminary community in many ways, and now he will add specific responsibilities in developing and directing a comprehensive marketing plan for Central and giving strategic direction to opening new markets for student recruitment. He will continue overseeing social media and the website.
Francisco brings a strong background in event management, media production, and communication strategies to his new role. He has worked for International Ministries of ABC, American Baptist Home Mission Society, United Methodists, and secular news outlets. Notably, he was involved in the media support for the Olympics held in Atlanta in 1996.
President Marshall stated: “Francisco brings significant professional experience to this role. He is highly relational, and his enthusiasm for the mission of Central is infectious.”
Litardo expressed delight, gratitude, and humility about the appointment: “I am delighted to accept this new leadership role at Central. I am grateful and humbled by the confidence in my leadership and creative gifts demonstrated by President Marshall and the Seminary’s Executive Committee. The Seminary finds itself in a crucial juncture that will require renewed energies, dynamic collaboration and generative outcomes to continue our vital mission.”
About Central Baptist Theological Seminary
Founded in 1901, Central Seminary prepares women and men for seeking God, shaping church, and serving humanity. Central is proud to have the first woman president of a Baptist seminary accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). With course offerings in a dozen locations and serving more than 30 Christian denominations, the seminary is Baptist in heritage and ecumenical in practice. Central has been named one of the top 12 growing theological schools in the ATS. In addition, The Auburn Center for Theological Education identifies Central as one of the “Bright Spots of Theological Education,” a place where risk has met with success. The Center for Faith and Service named Central to the 2016-2017 class of Seminaries That Change the World. For more information, visit www.cbts.edu.