Dr. Scott Hummel Appointed Provost at WCU
Hattiesburg, Miss., March 19, 2013 -
Dr. Scott Hummel has been appointed executive vice president and provost at William Carey University. He is currently the vice president for advancement and church relations, professor of religion, and director of the Carey Scholars program. Dr. Hummel helped build the honors program and he leads the Carey Scholars to England every other year. He traveled to Linyi, China to help establish WCU’s exchange relationship with Linyi University. He has also led mission trips with Carey students to India and Peru.
Dr. Hummel earned a B.A. in biblical studies from Carey and while there, he received both the Greek and Hebrew awards. In addition, he received the Jenkins-Chastain citizenship award, which is the highest student award given by the college. The Petal Rotary Club sponsored Hummel as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, which allowed him to study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1988-1989. In 1991 he earned a Master of Divinity with biblical languages, and in 1996 he earned a Ph.D. in biblical backgrounds and archaeology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
Before coming to Carey, Dr. Hummel served as associate professor of biblical studies and chair of the department of biblical studies and Christian ministries for 10 years at Le Tourneau University in Longview, Texas. While at Le Tourneau University, he developed and taught physical settings of the Bible in several countries, including Israel, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, and Italy. He served as the president of the Teaching Faculty Organization in 2002-2004. In 2008, he received the Robert Selby Teaching Scholar Award from Le Tourneau University. He has presented papers at academic conferences and published numerous articles in the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, Biblical Illustrator, and Baker Bible Dictionary.
Dr. Hummel was the president of Longview Greggton Rotary Club, served on the Longview Rodeo Board, and the Cultural Activities Commission for the City of Longview. He is the president-elect of the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg, and serves on the boards of R3SM and the United Way of Southeast Mississippi. Dr. Hummel also serves on the Leadership Council of the American Cancer Society in Hattiesburg. He is currently the interim pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Wayne County. Dr. Hummel has been married to Starr for 22 years and they have three daughters: Lauren, a student at Carey, and Rachel and Julia, who attend Oak Grove schools.