The Center for Baptist Studies at
Mercer University. He also serves as Associate
Editor of the Baptist Studies Bulletin.
Wil Platt is a native of Charleston
County, South Carolina. After completing his undergraduate degree
with a major in history at Furman University, he earned the B.D. at
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Having decided in seminary that his calling was to be a teacher in a
field other than religion, he earned a master’s degree in history
from Ohio University and the Ph.D. in British history from the
University of Georgia.
He served as a member of the
History Department of Mercer’s College of Liberal Arts for more than
thirty years. From 1982 until 1998, Wil was Assistant or Associate
Dean of the College. During this time, he also directed the
College's study abroad programs. Since his retirement from the
full-time faculty, in 2000, he has continued to teach part-time.
From 2002-2005, he directed the Honors
Program for undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts, the
Stetson School of Business and Economics and the Tift College of
Wil has served as President of
the Georgia Association of Historians and the Carolinas Symposium on
British Studies. He has read papers at various professional meetings
and has had reviews published in historical journals. He has
contributed to the life of Vineville Baptist Church in Macon as a
member of the history committee, as a deacon, as a Sunday School
teacher and as a member of the brass ensemble.
Wil has two children and four