The Fletcher Otey Thomas Professorship in Bible was established in 1977 in memory of Mr. Thomas, a lifelong resident of Bedford County, Virginia, by his sons, John Newton Thomas of Richmond, Class of 1924, Rector Emeritus of the University Board of Trustees, and the late William O. Thomas of Bedford, Class of 1931. Fletcher Otey Thomas was a prominent religious, business, and civic leader in Bedford.
Current Fletcher Otey Thomas Professor of Bible:
Harlan R. Beckley, Professor of Religion
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
M.A., M. Div., Vanderbilt University
B.S., University of Illinois
Louis Wendell Hodges (retired )
David Worth Sprunt (retired 1987)