The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor announces the two finalists for its next Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. John Vassar

Dr. John Vassar is a native of Shreveport and received his bachelor's degree in History from LSU Shreveport in 1991 and his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Baylor University in 2003.

After joining the LSU Shreveport faculty, Dr. Vassar has taught philosophy, history, and religious studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He served as Chair of the Department of Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, and Humanities from 2004-2012.

Dr. Vassar currently serves as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at LSU Shreveport.Named interim Provost in 2013, he helped implement the state of Louisiana's first Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Digital Media as well as Shreveport's first Doctorate degree in Leadership Studies. Dr. Vassar has also overseen the approval of a SACSCOC level change to permit future additional doctoral programs at LSU Shreveport.

Dr. Vassar served as Professor of Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences at LSUS. He taught in the Masters of Liberal Arts core and has served as faculty senator and a member of the Faculty Senate's Executive Committee. Dr. Vassar is the author of numerous articles in the fields of Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Film.

Dr. Vassar and his wife Karen have 3 children; Hannah, age 21; Bethany, age 18; and Paul, age 14. In addition to his work at LSUS, Dr. Vassar continues to serve as an ordained pastor.  Through his training and direction from BGCT’s pastorless church division, he has served churches in Louisiana and Texas, several of them as Intentional Interim Pastor.

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Dr. Daniel Mynatt

Dr. Daniel Mynatt was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and grew up in western North Carolina.  After graduating from Wake Forest University (1984) with a B.A. in Religion, he went to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky where he earned both the M.Div. (1987) and Ph.D. (1992) degrees.  He also met his wife, Marcy, while at Southern. 

During graduate school, Dr. Mynatt was pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Scottsburg, Indiana.  He was Professor of Religion at Anderson University (SC) from 1992-2011.  At various times during his tenure, he also served as Director of the Chapel Program, Director of the Honors Program, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Coordinator for Retention.  In 2011, Dr. Mynatt came to UMHB to serve first as Dean of the College of Humanities and then Dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences.  He currently serves as Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Mynatt is currently the national Executive Secretary for the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion.  He previously served as the Masoretic Studies Program Unit Chair for the Society of Biblical Literature.  He is the author or co-author of several books and articles in the field of Masoretic Studies and frequently presents at the SACSCOC annual meeting on compliance issues.  His 1992 dissertation The Sub Loco Notes in the Torah of Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia was picked up in 2017 for reprint by Gorgias Press.

Dr. Mynatt and his wife Marcy have two sons; Joshua, who is in graduate school at the University of Delaware and Caleb, who is a freshman at Texas State University.  Dr. Mynatt is an avid runner and enjoys science fiction.  The Mynatt family attends Meadow Oaks Baptist Church in Temple, TX.  

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