Mon, May 2 2011
LeTourneau University has named Dr. Larry J. Frazier its new dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1. Frazier is the current associate provost and dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and a professor of religion and philosophy at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, N.C.
“Dr. Frazier was chosen following a national search and comes heartily recommended,” said LETU President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford. “He is a native of East Texas and a proven leader who brings a passion for graduating students who will integrate their Christian faith into their professional careers.”
Frazier joined the faculty of Chowan University in 2001 and previously served as assistant dean of Academic Affairs and founding chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.
During his tenure at Chowan, Frazier was honored with the “Excellence in Teaching” Award, helped create an adult degree completion program, implemented a new critical thinking program, served as founding president of their faculty senate organization and served as lead author and chair of the school’s Quality Enhancement Plan. He serves on the board of his local Habitat for Humanity and is active in his local church.
Frazier was his class salutatorian when he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from East Texas Baptist University, double majoring in Christian Ministry and Behavioral Sciences in 1990. He earned a Master of Arts in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1994 and a Ph.D. in religion from Baylor University in 2002. At Baylor, his work focused mainly on the history of Christianity and his dissertation applied a sociological methodology in examining the responses and adjustments of Baptist churches in East Texas during the oil boom of the 1930s.
“I am honored to join Dr. Lunsford, Dr. Coyle, and the rest of the LETU faculty and staff,” Frazier said. “During my brief time on campus I got a sense of the spirit and mission of this special place, and I look forward to being a part of what God has in store for the future of LETU.”