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Retired history professor continues to serve Victoria College

Hummel After graduating from Baylor University, Dr. Michael Hummel returned to Victoria College to serve as a history professor for 48 years.

It seems Dr. Michael Hummel can’t go anywhere in his hometown without being reminded of Victoria College’s impact on the community.

“Going to the doctor’s office, I see nurses who were trained at Victoria College,” said Hummel, who served as a professor of history at Victoria College for 48 years. “I see people in businesses around town who received their training and education at Victoria College. I see former Victoria College students who are high in administrative ranks in the Victoria Independent School District.

“It is very rewarding to have people come up to me at the store or some event, reintroduce themselves and state what an impact my teaching had on their lives.”

Hummel’s connection with Victoria College began as a student in 1960, when he opted to attend VC for two years before transferring to Baylor University. 

“Victoria College made it possible for me to go to a four-year university,” said Hummel, who was born and raised in Victoria. “My parents, with three children, could not afford to send us all to four-year universities. Victoria College was affordable and provided me a quality education.

“I was a bit anxious about attending Baylor because of its strong academic reputation. I didn’t know if I was going to be able to compete. When I arrived and started taking classes, I found I was very well prepared.”

Hummel obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Baylor and returned to Victoria College in 1965 to begin his long teaching career.

“I became interested in history because of very good instructors at Victoria College,” he said.

Hummel, who received his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in U.S. history from the University of North Texas in 1982, was instrumental in forming Victoria College’s Faculty Senate and organizing VC’s annual Lyceum Lecture Series.

After retiring in 2013, Hummel, 76, has remained active at Victoria College by serving on the VC Foundation’s board of directors, working out almost daily at VC’s Sports Center and attending various VC events with Cora Jo, his wife of 53 years.

Recently, a former student honored Hummel by anonymously creating an endowed scholarship in his and his wife’s name.

Hummel said he plans to continue serving Victoria College and assisting the VC Foundation all he can to maintain its vital role in the community for decades to come.

“Victoria College has been a huge part of my life,” Hummel said. “I have seen it grow so much over the years, and I look forward to actively participating in charting the next steps to make Victoria College even better than the great institution it already is.”

by Coy Slavik, Communications Specialist, Victoria College