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