Bethany College President Concludes Second Term as Chair of
The Colleges & Universities of the Christian Church

BETHANY, W.Va. — After serving two terms leading The Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Bethany’s President Dr. Scott D. Miller “passed the gavel” to new leadership this week.  TCUCC held their annual meeting of affiliated presidents in San Diego Sunday. 

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Bethany College President Dr. Scott D. Miller finished his second term as the Chair of The Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on Sunday. He is pictured with Dr. Kenneth R. Garren (President, Lynchburg College), new chair;  Dr. Guy Waldrop (Director of TCUCC), and Chris Dorsey (President of the Higher Education and Leadership Ministry).

Dr. Miller, who served two terms as Chair, is succeeded by Dr. Kenneth R. Garren, President of Lynchburg College.  Dr. Miller has also represented TCUCC higher education nationwide on the Board of Directors of St. Louis-based the Higher Education and Leadership Ministry and Washington, D.C.-based Executives in Church Related Higher Education.

TCUCC is comprised of the presidents and chancellors of the 14 undergraduate institutions related to the Christian Church, according to Dr. A. Guy Waldrop, Director of The Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). 

TCUCC explores strategies for forging a strong relationship between its member institutions and the Christian Church. Dr. Miller has served on the Executive Committee for the last seven years. Dr. Miller is credited with creating a new cohesive organizational model, a new branding and enrollment model for TCUCC, and furthering the connection between colleges and universities and seminaries and theological schools. 

A new slate of officers took office at the annual meeting: Dr. Kenneth R. Garren, President of Lynchburg (Va.) College is the new chair; Dr. J. David Arnold, President of Eureka (Ill.) College is vice chair, and Dr. John Marsden, President of Midway (Ky.) College, is the new Secretary. Dr. Miller remains on the Executive Committee as the immediate past chair.

Dr. Miller is not new to leadership positions in church-related higher education. For more than 10 years he served as president of Wesley (Del.) College, a United Methodist Church-affiliated institution. In that capacity he managed a wide variety of responsibilities, including membership on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church. 

“Bethany has worked diligently to ensure that our relationship with our founding principles remains vibrant and continues to grow and guide the College as it encounters each new era,” Dr. Miller said. “It has been an honor to celebrate the rich heritage of the Disciples of Christ in higher education by partnering with those who share our mission. I appreciate the confidence placed in me by my fellow presidents and have enjoyed working with like-minded leaders and institutions as strengthen and celebrate our common foundation and unique traditions within the church.”

Dr. Miller is in his 24th year as a college president having served Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) University from 1991-97, Wesley 1997-2007, and is in his eighth year at Bethany. He holds a B.A. degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College, M.S. from the University of Dayton, Ed.S from Vanderbilt University, and Ph.D. from The Union Institute & University. 

Bethany College’s foundation is built upon the ideals of its founder Alexander Campbell who, along with his father Thomas, also served as a leading influence in the initiation and development of the Disciples of Christ. Since Bethany’s beginning in 1840 and Campbell’s service as its first president until 1866, the College’s mission has continually advanced his educational convictions and commitment to lifelong learning and ethical citizenship and service.

The oldest Disciples of Christ college, celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, Bethany houses an extensive archive of Campbell documents and other collections that document the institution’s unique relationship with such an outstanding national figure. Born in Ireland, Campbell joined his father, a noted Presbyterian minister, in western Pennsylvania in 1809 and moved to Brooke County in 1811. The Campbell Mansion, Campbell’s home and a registered National Historic Landmark, is a prominent site in the Town of Bethany and serves as the focal point of a wide variety of tour group visits throughout the year.

Bethany’s Buffalo Seminary celebrates the College’s ties with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), preparing future leaders and providing continuing education opportunities to strengthen lay, licensed and ordained ministry efforts alike. This is accomplished through a variety of outreach activities, including short-term workshops and events such as the annual Oreon E. Scott Lectures.