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Doctor Who?

A list of Christian university presidents' degrees.

The Christian Chronicle surveyed 14 accredited universities associated with Churches of Christ.

Following is a list of the universities’ presidents and their academic credentials:

ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY IN TEXAS

Phil Schubert

President since 2010.

Received a bachelor’s degree from ACU, a Master of Business Administration degree from Duke University and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.

CROWLEY’S RIDGE COLLEGE IN PARAGOULD, ARK.

Ken Hoppe

President since 2003.

Received an associate’s degree from Crowley’s Ridge and a bachelor’s degree in business from Arkansas State University.

FAULKNER UNIVERSITY IN MONTGOMERY, ALA.

Mike Williams


President since 2015.

Received a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harding and a doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania.

FLORIDA COLLEGE IN TEMPLE TERRACE, FLA.

H.E. “Buddy” Payne


President since 2009.

Received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State, a master’s degree in science education from Harvard and a Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of South Florida.

FREED-HARDEMAN UNIVERSITY IN HENDERSON, TENN.

David Shannon


Newly named president.

Received a bachelor’s degree from Freed-Hardeman and pursued graduate studies in church growth and leadership but not through an accredited institution.

HARDING UNIVERSITY IN SEARCY, ARK.

Bruce McLarty


President since 2013.

Received a bachelor’s degree from Harding, a Master of Theology degree from Harding School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary.

LIPSCOMB UNIVERSITY IN NASHVILLE, TENN.

Randy Lowry


President since 2005.

Received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from Pepperdine and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Pepperdine School of Law.

LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY IN TEXAS

Tim Perrin


President since 2012.

Received a bachelor’s degree from Lubbock Christian University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law.

OHIO VALLEY UNIVERSITY IN VIENNA, W.VA.



Harold Shank


President since 2011.

Received a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Christian, two master’s degrees from Harding School of Theology and a Ph.D. in theology from Marquette University.

OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY IN OKLAHOMA CITY

John deSteiguer


President since 2012.

Received his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Pepperdine School of Law.

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY IN MALIBU, CALIF.

Andrew Benton


President since 2000.

Received a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Christian and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Oklahoma City University School of Law.

ROCHESTER COLLEGE IN ROCHESTER HILLS, MICH.

Brian Stogner


President since 2017.

Received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. from Wayne State.

SOUTHWESTERN CHRISTIAN COLLEGE IN TERRELL, TEXAS

Ervin Seamster Jr.


President since 2017.

Received a bachelor’s degree from Southwestern, a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Methodist and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary.

YORK COLLEGE IN NEBRASKA

Steve Eckman


President since 2009.

Received a bachelor’s degree from Lubbock Christian, a master’s degree in biblical studies and a Master of Divinity degree from Abilene Christian and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Amridge University.

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