Column: PC in the midst of a busy spring semester

PC has just completed Spring Break, and our faculty and students are returning rested and excited about completing this semester. We are already making plans for our hooding ceremony for the School of Pharmacy on May 13 and commencement on May 14, and we are excited about all our events that celebrate our upcoming graduates. Spring sports are in full swing, so come out and watch one of the many athletic events occurring on campus. A complete listing can be found on our new website – http://www.presby.edu. National signing day for football was held on February 3, and PC had an outstanding recruiting class of 23 student athletes. On February 13, PC held the annual Griffith Scholars competition. There were over 75 students competing for these two prestigious full scholarships. These students brought over 200 guests with them to the competition, and each student had interviews with members of our faculty throughout the day. In coming weeks, the Griffith Scholars for the class entering this fall – the class of 2020 – will be announced. We also celebrated Black History Month during February. Students, faculty, and staff participated in a number of thought-provoking and educational programs that took place on campus. We have a diverse student body, and it is important that we all understand and appreciate each other. On February 18 and 19 our board of trustees held its winter meeting. We welcomed eight new trustees to the board: Brad Bryant ’75, of Atlanta; Hartwell Dew ’75, also of Atlanta; John Jeselnik ’73, of North Augusta; Dr. Jeri Parris Perkins ’81, of Clinton; Ted Pitts ’94, of Lexington; Stan Reid ’74, of Greenville; Louise Slater, of Columbia; and Robert Vingi ’86, of Charleston. While these new trustees bring with them a variety of abilities and life experiences, they all share a deep commitment to PC and its future. At the board’s winter meeting, we recognized members of the faculty for their accomplishments through the granting of tenure and/or promotion. This year eight Arts and Sciences faculty were promoted and/or granted tenure. They were Dr. Sarah Burns, Dr. Rebecca Davis, Dr. Patrick Kiley, Dr. Justin Lance, Cynthia Lucking, Dr. Erin McAdams, Dr. Paige Meeker, and Dr. Tobin Turner. From the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy, the following faculty were promoted and/or granted tenure: Dr. Jennifer Clements, Dr. Christopher Farrell, Dr. Jack Fincham, Dr. Nancy Goodbar, Dr. Katherine Moore, and Dr. Kayce Shealy. The board also approved moving forward with plans to establish a physician assistant studies program at PC. There is a significant demand across the country, and particularly in South Carolina, for physician assistants. This would be our second graduate program: a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. We are in the process of hiring a founding director for the school, and we hope to have that search completed soon. While there is much work ahead, we are excited about this opportunity and what it can mean to PC and the community. In the coming months we will engage in developing a strategic plan that leads PC into the future—a future that holds great promise. A key component of that plan will be growing total enrollment. Over the past year we have taken many actions to enhance our admissions and financial aid programs. Recently we entered into bridge agreements with Piedmont Tech and Greenville Tech to make it easier for students to start at these schools and transfer to PC. Efforts are also underway to recruit degree-seeking international students to PC. While we have many international students at PC, most are here for a semester or a year. There are many international students attending colleges throughout the country for two-year and four-year degree programs, and we have begun actively recruiting for these students as well. The Clinton and Laurens County communities are an important part of attracting and retaining PC students, and we are grateful for the many ways in which the community welcomes everyone to campus. As we prepare for a new class of freshmen next fall, a class that will include a diverse mix of students from the United States and around the world, we appreciate your continued support of our students. Although there is much to be done, Phyllis and I are energized about having the opportunity to continue to lead PC in the coming years. All of us at PC appreciate you and thank you for your continued support. (Bob Staton is president of Presbyterian College.)

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