“As dean of the Logsdon Seminary,” Hall says, “Brisco will be remembered for championing the Doctor of Ministry degree and leading Logsdon’s effort to achieve accreditation for the seminary from the Association of Theological Schools.”
A search advisory committee, chaired by Dr. Nancy Kucinski, an associate professor of management in the HSU Kelley College of Business, presented the president with a “short list” of candidates, from which Brisco was chosen. Kucinski says, “The Search Advisory Committee believes Dr. Brisco is an excellent choice for the HSU vice president for academic affairs. His credentials are outstanding, and we found him to be a person of character and vision with a deep commitment to Christian higher education and to Hardin-Simmons.”
Brisco has served as dean of Logsdon School of Theology and Logsdon Seminary on the Hardin-Simmons campus since 2003. He is an author, professor, minister, and an archeologist. He replaces former provost Dr. Bill Ellis who left HSU to become president of Howard Payne University last fall.
Dr. Brisco came to Hardin-Simmons from Baylor University, where he taught in the department of religion. Prior to that, Dr. Brisco taught for 21 years at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and served as the associate dean for the Doctor of Philosophy program. He also earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Southwestern. Brisco began his teaching career on the faculty of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where he served as an instructor of religion from 1977 to 1980.
Brisco specializes in ancient Near Eastern history and archaeology, particularly as the subjects relate to the historical, cultural, and geographical settings of the Bible. His archaeological field experience includes work at Tel Aphek and Tel Batash in Israel, as well as excavations closer to home in both New Mexico and Texas.
Brisco has served as an archaeological consultant for the Biblical Illustrator, collecting visual materials for the publication at sites throughout the Middle East and Italy. Brisco is the author of the Holman Bible Atlas, a volume that received the Gold Medallion Book Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Brisco is also an ordained minister, having served as an interim pastor at churches in Texas, Colorado, Arkansas, and Switzerland.
“Dr. Brisco will bring extensive preparation and dedication to the significant leadership post of provost and chief academic officer,” says Hall. “I predict great academic accomplishments during his service to HSU in this key administrative position.”As a fellow professor, Kucinski says, “I look forward to working for Dr. Brisco, and I am excited that he will be leading the fine faculty members we have at HSU.”
Dr. Don Williford, professor of New Testament, has served as the interim vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Brisco took over as provost on June 1, 2010.
- Bachelor of Arts in Religion, Ouachita Baptist University, 1969
- Master of Divinity, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1973
- Doctor of Philosophy, Biblical Backgrounds and Archeology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1981