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Cunningham named official chaplain

Sept. 26, 1996

New position adds to diverse ministerial background


By Amy Priour

Lariat Staff Writer

President Robert B. Sloan Jr. named the Rev. Milton Cunningham as University chaplain Wednesday.

Cunningham replaces Dr. Bill Austin, who had served as chaplain since January 1990.

'I am very grateful for the challenge and the opportunity to be chaplain of Baylor University,' Cunningham said.

Cunningham has been serving as acting chaplain and will continue to serve as director of denominational ministries.

'I think it will take some adjustments as it relates to time,' Cunningham said about serving both positions.

He said he will spend more time on campus and less time traveling.

'I want this job (of chaplain) to be the highest priority with me,' Cunningham said.

Cunningham received a bachelor's degree in divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctorate of divinity degree from the University of Corpus Christi in 1962.

He has pastored churches in California and Texas and served as director of the Baptist Student Union at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, where he was also dean of students and assistant to the president.

Cunningham was a missionary in Rhodesia and Zambia from 1957 to 1967 and was a mass media consultant for the Foreign Mission Board in Africa from 1967 to 1972.

He served as president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas from 1977 to 1979.

Cunningham was chairman of the Baylor Board of Trustees from 1985 to 1986. He received the James Huckins Award for meritorious service to the University and in 1989 was named a Distinguished Alumnus.

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