About the SWCRS

The Southwest Commission on Religious Studies was established in 1974 to encourage, support, and coordinate scholarly activities in the field of religious studies in the Southwest. The Commission serves as the umbrella organization for the regional American Academy of Religion, American Schools of Oriental Research, Association for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Society of Biblical Literature. The Commission is supported by membership and sponsoring institutions. Only faculty or staff from sponsoring institutions are eligible for nomination to receive the John G. Gammie Distinguished Scholar Award and the Junior Scholar Grant.
The annual meeting of the Commission brings together 300-400 scholars and graduate students, along with major publishers in the fields of religious studies.  Several Related Scholarly Organizations join the Member Organizations for major plenary speeches, seminars, and working research panels.
The Commission is directed by a board composed of representatives from the four Member Organizations. 
The legal name of the organization is Southwest Commission on Religious Studies, Inc.
The organization is registered as a nonprofit corporation according to sections 501.c.3, 509.a.1, and 170b.1.A.vi of the Internal Revenue Code. 
The Federal Identification Number is 23-7447479. 
The organization's Registered Agent is Richard J. Bautch, who serves as the Executive Secretary.
Former Chief Officers of the SWCRS
2013-14 Carole Holcomb, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor 

2012-13  Mikeal C. Parsons, Baylor University

2011-12  Warren Carter, Brite Divinity School

2010-11   Andrew O. Fort, Texas Christian University

2009-10   Jeffrey Bingham, Dallas Theological Seminary

2008-09   Nadia Lahutsky, Texas Christian University

2007-08   C. Mackenzie Brown, Trinity University

2006-07   Sharyn Dowd, Baylor University

2005-06   C. David Grant, Texas Christian University

2004-05   Jesse Long, Lubbock Christian University

2003-04   Francisco Garcia-Treto, Trinity University

2002-03   Amy Oden, Oklahoma City University; Stephen Stell, Austin College

2001-02   Stephen B. Reid, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

2000-01   James Moyer, Southwest Missouri State University

1999-00   Terry Muck, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

1998-99   Roy F. Melugin, Austin College

1997-98   Nadia Lahutsky, Texas Christian University

1996-97   Claudia V. Camp, Texas Christian University

1995-96   Harold Hatt, Phillips Theological Seminary

1994-95   Philip Shuler, McMurry University

1993-94   Paula Cooey, Trinity University

1992-93   Victor Matthews, Southwest Missouri State University

1991-92   Robert B. Sloan, Baylor University

1990-91   Toni Crave, Brite Divinity School

1989-90   George Boyd, Trinity University

1988-89   Thomas W. Nuckols, Austin College

1987-88   Richard A. Hoehn, Brite Divinity School

1986-87   John Alsup, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

1985-86   Joe E. Barnhart, North Texas State University

1984-85   William O. Walker, Jr., Trinity University

1983-84   Joseph B. Tyson, Southern Methodist University

1982-83   Kenneth T. Lawrence, Texas Christian University

1981-82   M. Eugene Boring, Phillips Graduate Seminary

1980-81   Bruce C. Cresson, Baylor University

1979-80   Roy F. Melugin, Austin College

1978-79   Thomas H. Olbricht, Abilene Christian University

1977-78   W. Eugene March, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

1976-77   W. L. Hendricks, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

1975-76   John G. Gammie, University of Tulsa

1974-75   Albert C. Outler, Perkins School of Theology



2006-13   Stacy L. Patty, Lubbock Christian University

2003-06   William Pitts, Baylor University

1997-03   Willam H. Bellinger, Baylor University

1991-97   Toni Craven, Brite Divinity School

1990-91   Gary Lance Johnson, Phillips Graduate Seminary

1987-00   Daniel B. McGee, Baylor University

1980-87   Thomas H. Olbricht, Abilene Christian University

1978-80   William O. Walker, Jr., Trinity University

1974-78   Joseph B. Tyson, Southern Methodist University