The Lee University School of Religion honored Dr. Donald N. Bowdle as the first recipient of its distinguished alumni award. This award was presented during this year’s homecoming festivities to Bowdle by Dr. Terry Cross, dean of Lee’s SOR.
“Having attended Bible college here at Lee in the 1950s and then having returned in 1962 to teach full-time for the next 50 years, Dr. Bowdle seemed to us to be the most worthy candidate of our very first School of Religion Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award,” said Dr. Cross. “This award was not merely for his longevity in the various positions at Lee, but also for his excellence in teaching the Bible and theology to thousands of students who are currently ministering throughout the world.”
Dr. Bowdle is considered a master of the Koine Greek text and has published over 250 articles and book reviews. During his career at Lee, he received the Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Scholarship awards, and in 2010, was recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Educator Award by the Church of God. He has also served Lee in numerous academic leadership roles, including dean of Lee College’s Division of Religion and chair of the Department of Bible and Theology.
Having authored and contributed to numerous academic journal reviews, curriculum and books, Bowdle’s works include “Ellicott’s Bible Commentary,” “Redemption Accomplished and Applied, The Promise and Power (cont.),” “A Journey Through the New Testament,” and “Faith Foundations for Life and Ministry in the 21st Century.” His article, Holiness in the Highlands: A Profile of the Church of God, was published in Christianity in Appalachia: Profiles in Regional Pluralism by the University of Tennessee Press.
Dr. Bowdle earned his Doctor of Theology at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia in American Christianity and his Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in ancient and medieval studies. He was also a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Edinburgh and Yale University. Bowdle received his PhD and MA from Bob Jones University in New Testament Text and Theology and his BA from Lee College.
He is married to Jean, and together they have three married children and seven grandchildren.