Bethany President Elected Chair of
The Council of Colleges & Universities of the Christian Church

BETHANY, W.Va. — Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, has been elected to a two-year term as Chair of The Council of Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

The Council 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 Council of Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church. The Council explores strategies for forging a strong relationship between its member institutions and the Christian Church. Dr. Miller has served on the Executive Committee of the Council for the last three years.

“Scott Miller is an important partner in furthering Disciples higher education -- where ideas and people come together in a context that values both faith and reason,” stated Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). “He brings great energy and commitment to this role. Both church and students will benefit.”

The Council also elected Dr. William B. Drake, President of Midway (Ky.) College, as Vice Chair, and Dr. Kenneth R. Garren, President of Lynchburg (Va.) College, as Secretary/Treasurer. Dr. J. David Arnold, President of Eureka (Ill.) College is 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 is an honor to celebrate the rich heritage of the Disciples of Christ in higher education by partnering with those who share our mission. I look forward to working with like-minded leaders and institutions as we work to strengthen and celebrate our common foundation and unique traditions within the church.”

Dr. Miller is in his 21st year as a college president having served Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) University from 1991-97, Wesley 1997-2007, and is in his fifth 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, 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.