Long-Serving BCM Director Receives Honorary Doctorate

Scott Smith (center) being awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters. Source: Biblical Recorder

Scott Smith, the director of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) has made history. In May, he received an honorary doctorate from Lander University, where he has spent the last 36 years in leadership, making him the first BCM director to receive this honor.

It’s also only the second time current Lander University President Richard Cosentino has presented the award, the other being to then-Congressman Trey Gowdy (S.C.) in 2016, according to the Biblical Recorder.

The Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters was given to Smith on May 11, because of decades of cultivating a relationship between Lander University and the Baptist Collegiate Ministry.

“When I arrived, I was all about students. But then I realized we have a campus full of professors and administrators struggling just as much,” Smith told the Biblical Recorder.  “I’d start walking around and checking in on them, asking how they were. If they had a family member in the hospital or a funeral, I’d visit.”

His ministry included encouraging BCM students to support and attend other university functions.

In addition, the new Scott M. Smith Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to a full-time Lander student who is also involved at the BCM.

You can learn more about Smith’s work at Lander and the BCM here.