Duane Cummins, Adjunct Faculty

Duane Cummins served as President of Bethany College from 1988 until his retirement in 2002.  In addition to the Bethany presidency, he served as Chairman of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, as President of the West Virginia Association for Independent Colleges and Chair of the East Central College Consortia.  In 1993, he completed his term as a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities’ Commission on Policy Analysis.

Dr. Cummins has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Independent Colleges; the Board of Directors of WesBanco Bank in Wheeling, WV, the Pittsburgh Opera Board of Directors in Pittsburgh, PA; and previously served from 1978 to 1988 as a member of the Board of Trustees of Tougaloo College and of Culver-Stockton College. He has served as a member of the Phillips Graduate Seminary Board of Trustees and Chair of the Board of Trustees of National City Christian Church Foundation.  Beginning in 1967, President Cummins spent 10 years at Oklahoma City University, where he served as Darbeth-Whitten Professor of American History, Chairman of the Department of History, curator of the George H. Shirk Oklahoma History Collection, Director of the Robert A. Taft Institute of Government and Director of the Division of Continuing Education.

He is the author of 15 books and numerous articles. Recent lectureships have included the 2007 Abilene Christian University Church History Lectures; the 2005 Watkins lecture in Washington DC, the 2004 Boder Lectureship; the 1998 Prix de West Lecture; the 1998 Forrest H. Kirkpatrick Lectureship; the 1996 E. C. Anderson Lectures; the 1996 Lee Thompson Lectures; and several articles and book reviews. His recent books, released in April 2007, is a biography entitled Kenneth L. Teegarden: The Man, The Church, The Time, published by TCU Press and in July 2009 the bicentennial history of Disciples, The Disciples: A Struggle for Reformation published Chalice Press.