René Maciel was elected President of the Baptist General Convention of Texas
(BGCT) during its 2015 Annual Meeting in November. Prior to his election as
President, he served as First Vice President (2015) and Second Vice President
(2014) of the Convention.
Maciel, who serves as President of Baptist University of the
Américas in San Antonio. earned his Bachelor of Behavioral Science in 1981 from
HSU and his Master of Science in Education from Baylor University. He later
returned to HSU serving first as a recruiter and admissions counselor, then
later as Director of Admissions.
Prior to joining Baptist University of the Américas, Maciel
served as Chief Administrator of the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home in
Portales, New Mexico, and in several key positions at Baylor University’s Truett
Maciel has received Distinguished Alumni Awards from both Hardin-Simmons University and HSU’s Logsdon School of Theology. An active student leader
at HSU, Maciel was in Tau Alpha Phi, played varsity basketball, and lettered in
varsity golf. René and his wife Sabrina (Dunham ’84) live in Castroville and
have two grown children, Briana & Carmen.