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Who Was William Carey Crane?
William Carey Crane, the fourth president of Baylor, was the best prepared, most widely read Baylor educator before the twentieth century. As a young man, he dedicated his life to the church and to Baptist higher education. Classically trained at some of the country's finest institutions, he was respected for his intelligence, erudition, and energy by political, religious, and educational leaders in Texas and beyond. A tireless worker, Crane virtually single-handedly saved Baylor from extinction during the dark days of the Civil War and Reconstruction. When not lecturing, writing, and speaking, he mended fences, painted buildings, and performed other menial tasks around Baylor. At night he tutored African-American students over his kitchen table. An eloquent speaker, Crane spoke regularly at churches, government bodies, teachers' conventions, and private organizations in addition to giving daily class lectures. A prolific writer, he wrote volumes of material that are now contained in the Texas Collection.
Familiar with the best English literature, philosophy, science, theological and biblical work of his day, Carey sought to relate the best of human learning to the best of the Christian faith. It is fitting, then, to honor William Carey Crane by identifying him as a model for today's Christian scholars at Baylor. The William Carey Crane Scholars Program endeavors to inspire young scholars to follow Crane's example of rigorous scholarship in service to the church. As the inscription on his tombstone reads, "He gave his life for the cause of education and religion."
Dr. Lori Baker
Dr. Todd Buras
Dr. Darin Davis
Dr. John Davis
Dr. Michael Foley
Dr. Ginger Hanchey
Rev. Susan Pendleton Jones
Dr. Jill Klentzman
Dr. Sinda Vanderpool
Dr. Jason Whitt
Qualifications for Entrance into the Program
Since it is the express purpose of this program to prepare young scholars for entrance into the best graduate schools, only the finest students at Baylor may enter the program. Students must have and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5. Students also must demonstrate an interest in faith-informed scholarship.
For Further Information...
Contact Dr. Darin Davis by calling 254-710-4805 or email IFL@baylor.edu.