McDonald wins prestigious Holston Conference Award

Posted on: June 18, 2013

Tennessee Wesleyan College's Dr. William McDonald was honored with the Francis Asbury Award for Fostering Ministries in Higher Education.

At the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church’s 2013 Annual Conference, Tennessee Wesleyan College’s Dr. William McDonald was honored with the Francis Asbury Award for Fostering Ministries in Higher Education.

Bishop Francis Asbury encouraged United Methodists to build schools in locations central to churches so that young adults and youth would have more opportunities to broaden their minds. The Francis Asbury Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to higher education and campus ministry at the local, district, or annual conference level of the church.

“I am surprised and deeply honored by this award,” said Dr. McDonald, TWC chair of the department of religion and philosophy and associate professor of religion and philosophy. “My teaching has been sharpened by good students, some of whom are now serving in the Holston Conference and beyond.”

Dr. McDonald was nominated for this award by collegiate and church peers associated with the Holston Conference.

“William shows a true commitment to Tennessee Wesleyan and its students,” said Dr. Harley Knowles, TWC president. “I am grateful to the Holston Conference for recognizing the hard work and dedication of an amazing TWC faculty member.”