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Clark Earns Promotion at Cumberlands


Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands (UC) announces that Dr. Kirby Clark, Associate Professor of Missions and Ministry and Director of Supervised Ministry, has been recently promoted from Associate Professor to Full Professor.

During Dr. Clark’s twelve years at UC, he has not only helped prepare students to go on to seminary with necessary ministry skills, but has touched the lives and provided spiritual guidance to students who might have not been believers in Christ.

“I love working at the University of the Cumberlands and the most rewarding part about my career would have to be that I enjoy working with the students and opening them up to what God is trying to say to them,” explained Dr. Clark. “I enjoy the course, interpreting the Bible, because I am able to help the students interpret God’s message and learn how to apply it to their lives. Although not all of my students taking courses in this department go on seminary, I still love the fact that I get to assist them in developing skills for the ministry and for seminary.”

Dr. Clark attended the University of New Mexico where he received his Bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy. He then went to Western Kentucky University and earned his M.P.S (public administration). He worked as a teaching assistant at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and he also taught at Wayland Baptist University and the Southern Baptist Seminaries’ Seminary Extension program in various locations. Dr. Clark also served as an officer in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He also earned an M.R.E., an Ed.D. and a Ph.D. degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Clark has accumulated over forty years of experience as a minister and professor of religion.

“I hope the University of the Cumberlands likes what I’m doing because I’m enjoying it,” said, Dr. Clark. “This is a wonderful place to sink your roots into.”

Dr. Clark is a member and deacon at the First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, where he also teaches a men’s Sunday school class. He also works as an Interim Pastor around the region when needed. Dr. Clark, along with his fellow colleagues from the Missions and Ministry Department at UC, travels annually to the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) meetings to represent the University of the Cumberlands and talk with students about the wonderful opportunities that UC provides. They also learn new things each time they go as they witness God making positive changes in the lives of others in the region.

Dr. Clark is extremely passionate about UC and feels that the Christian atmosphere and strong moral values which surround the students make for a more positive outcome in the students’ lives while on campus and in all their future endeavors. He feels that with programs such as Appalachian Ministries (AM) and the Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM), the students have more opportunities to express their love of God and show others that God is very present and working through them. “Dean Whitaker does an amazing job with BCM,” said Dr. Clark. “UC’s strong BCM provides students a chance to grow in their faith.”

Dr. Clark says that he is constantly trying to encourage and motivate students and tries to stress to them the importance of always being open to learning new things. Dr. Clark says that he continues to learn new things – especially from his students. He strives to encourage his students to read the Bible and develop spiritually.

“I’m very grateful for my recent promotion and the confidence UC has in me, “concluded Clark. “ I’m glad to minister here with many fine Christian colleagues. I hope that I represent the University of the Cumberlands well.”

The requirements for promotion at UC include evidence of effective teaching and substantial professional growth as well as service for the required number of years. Faculty members seeking promotion are also required to compose a narrative explaining their teaching philosophy. They must also collect letters of recommendation from supporting faculty and students and appear before the Tenure and Promotions Committee for an interview.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit