Dr. Paul Potter


Dr. Paul Potter, Professor of Communication, teaches an emphasis in mass media and in general communication studies for Hardin-Simmons. He is a graduate of North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) where he earned a Ph.D. in college teaching (higher education) with a teaching field of speech communication and drama. He completed a Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts in broadcast film arts at Southern Methodist University. Potter also studied with the late Ben Bard, New Talent Director for 20th Century Fox Motion Pictures.

Prior to his appointment at HSU, he held the endowed James Pedas Professor of Communication Chair at Thiel College in Western Pennsylvania. He has also served as executive director of a church leadership training program in Tennessee; administrative pastor for Door of Hope Church in Fairbanks, Alaska; director of administration and operations for a church camp and retreat center in Alaska; and a number of positions in academic teaching and administration for universities in Texas, Oklahoma, and Ohio.

After nearly a decade of being a disc jockey, announcer, news reporter, program director, producer, director, writer, editor, in radio, television and being talent in film, Potter returned to school to develop his skills as an educator in broadcasting, film, and speech communication. He has professional production credits with Warner Cable TV, ABC television and radio, NBC radio, and the Baptist Radio TV Commission. Potter is ordained as a Baptist Minister.

Degrees Earned

  • Associate of Arts, El Centro College-Dallas County Community College District, 1968
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Broadcast Film Arts, Southern Methodist University, 1969
  • Master of Fine Arts, Broadcast Film Arts, Southern Methodist University, 1970
  • Postgraduate Study, Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology, 1971
  • Postgraduate Study, Dallas Baptist University, 1972-73
  • Doctor of Philosophy, College Teaching (Higher Education) Speech Communication and Drama, North Texas State University (now University of North Texas), 1978
  • Postdoctoral Study, University of North Texas, 1992-1993
  • A Princeton Review Best Western College
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities  
  • Center for Student Opportunity: Promoting a College-Bound Culture
  • US News Best Colleges
  • Military Friendly
  • Colleges of Distinction
  • College Choice Best Christian Colleges and University
  • University and College Accountability Network