Position Description

Reporting to the University Provost, the Director of the Christian Education and Leadership Program (CELP)/Chaplain provides opportunities for students of various denominational groups to participate in leadership initiatives and academic opportunities that deepen or help them find their faith in Christ. The Director/Chaplain will also serve as liaison to local churches and will work to involve area churches in the campus religious activities for students, staff, and faculty. The Director/Chaplain develops and coordinates campus worship opportunities; promotes student missions and service work; assists in curriculum and program development; and plans, promotes, and is active in the religious and social activities of students.

The Director/Chaplain chairs the Advisory Committee that makes recommendations about the CELP program offerings, the guidelines for admission into the program, and the scholarship awards. This position also assists the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), and other clubs and organizations that support student development. The Director/Chaplain provides general leadership and oversight for the department budget, strategic planning, programs, and events. The position makes referrals to counseling, department chairs, academic advising, student health, and other on-campus and off-campus resources as needed. The Director/Chaplain will serve on college-wide committees.

The Position

Qualifications

Minimum requirements include a master of divinity degree or related degree and/or ordination in a Christian denomination, as well as progressive experience working with college-level students in higher education. Other preferred qualifications include an emphasis on Christian counseling and strong Christian leadership skills; visionary thinking and planning/organization skills; the ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty and staff; the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with students, with an emphasis on dynamic communication and collaboration; demonstrated problem-solving and strategic visioning skills; and a demonstrated personal and professional commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Additionally, the following characteristics and attributes were identified by stakeholders when considering the Director of Christian Education and Leadership Program/Chaplain position:

  • the ability to assess the current program and move forward to serve the changing student population;
  • experience in teaching on the college level and providing leadership for academic partnerships;
  • a person who can coordinate meaningful student engagement in mission and service work;
  • the ability to provide confidential counseling to students on a broad range of issues;
  • a diplomatic leader who works well with all areas across campus;
  • a person who is approachable and can market the CELP program to all students;
  • a good communicator who exhibits strong listening and public speaking skills;
  • a strong manager who can raise funds and support for the program;
  • a leader who promotes intellectual discussion of the role Christianity plays in society;
  • a positive representative of the university to the campus and local community.

Likely Opportunities, Priorities, and Challenges of the Position

The new Director of the CELP/Chaplain will be welcomed into a close-knit family at Limestone – an ethos that is deeply valued among all Limestone constituents. The faculty, staff, and students care genuinely about the institution’s rich history and its exciting future. There is a high value for the spiritual development of students and an understanding of the role that Christian service can play in alleviating humanitarian needs and spreading the gospel.

This position will report directly to the Provost and provide guidance as CELP will become a springboard for new related academic programs. The new Director/Chaplain will also encounter the following opportunities, priorities, and challenges:

  • marketing the program for incoming students;
  • building trust with returning program participants;
  • providing the leadership to navigate and define new processes for CELP;
  • learning about Limestone and its unique student culture;
  • managing resources creatively in a changing economy;
  • building relationships and trust with partners across campus;
  • developing connections with area churches and non-profit organizations;
  • assessing opportunities for service outreach post COVID-19;
  • counseling students in an environment with increasing mental health needs;
  • meeting and surpassing defined participation goals for CELP.

History of the Position

The Christian Education and Leadership Program was instituted at Limestone in 2000. The program was developed to address the spiritual development of students through leadership initiatives, service work, and academic opportunities. Ron Singleton served in the Director and Chaplain role from 2006 to 2020.

Institution & Location

Institutional Background

Limestone University is an accredited, independent, coeducational four-year liberal arts institution chartered by the State of South Carolina and a non-denominational Christian college. The university offers bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of social work, associate of arts, associate of science, and master of business administration degrees.

The mission of Limestone University is to educate students from diverse backgrounds in the liberal arts and selected professional disciplines. By providing degree programs throughout South Carolina and by way of online instruction, Limestone University offers opportunities for personal and professional growth to individuals who may find access to higher education difficult. In a nurturing, supportive environment based on Christian ideals and ethical principles, students are challenged to become critical thinkers and effective communicators who are prepared for responsible citizenship, successful careers, and graduate study.

The university faculty and staff, academic and co-curricular programs, financial resources, and support services are dedicated to an educational climate that upholds high academic standards and fosters respect for learning and beauty, creativity and hard work, tolerance and personal integrity, vigorous activity, and spiritual reflection.

Limestone has always been a pioneer in providing access to higher education for those who otherwise might not have enjoyed that access. In 1845, when higher education was only a dream for young women, Limestone was founded as the first women’s college in South Carolina and one of the first in the United States. In the early 1900s, when young men from the local area sought higher education, but could not afford to attend distant universities, Limestone admitted them as daytime commuting students.

In the 1970s, when most colleges and universities had no interest in educating working adults, Limestone established the Block Program, one of the pioneer programs for non-traditional students. The Block Program allowed students to complete their bachelor’s degrees entirely through evening classes, using a novel one-course-at-a-time accelerated format. In the mid-1990s, through the establishment of the Virtual Campus, Limestone emerged as a national leader in applying computer technology to teach students who could not utilize traditional classroom settings. In 2005, the Block Program and the Virtual Campus were combined into the Extended Campus Program and in 2018, it was renamed the Online & Evening Program. Providing higher education access to those needing it the most has been a proud theme throughout the history of Limestone College.

The institution that became Limestone College was founded by Dr. Thomas Curtis and his son, Dr. William Curtis, distinguished Baptist ministers and scholars who were born in England and immigrated to the United States in 1833. Dr. Thomas Curtis served churches in Maine, Georgia, and South Carolina, including the Wentworth Street Baptist Church in Charleston, while Dr. William Curtis was pastor of the First Baptist Church in Columbia.

In 1845, Dr. Thomas Curtis was able to fulfill his dream of establishing an institution of higher learning for young women by purchasing a magnificent building at Limestone Springs, which had been constructed in the 1830s as a resort hotel. The village of Limestone Springs, now a part of Gaffney, had developed adjacent to a mineral water springs, which attracted families from the Midlands and Lowcountry who wished to avail themselves of the supposed medicinal value of the spring water and avoid the oppressive summer heat of their home regions.

Originally named the Limestone Springs Female High School, the new institution attracted the daughters of the most influential families of South Carolina, who sought the finest liberal arts education available in the antebellum period. On November 6, 1845, a total of 67 young women began their classes at Limestone.

Limestone College has always been deeply involved with improving educational opportunities in Gaffney and Cherokee County. In the late 1890s, shortly after the creation of Cherokee as a separate county, Limestone administrators supported the efforts of local citizens to establish a public school system. When the new system opened its doors, every teacher was a Limestone graduate. More than a century later, Limestone provides a large percentage of teachers to Cherokee County and the upstate of South Carolina.

Limestone’s intercollegiate athletics program began during the 1972-1973 academic year with four sports – men’s basketball, men’s tennis, men’s golf, and women’s volleyball. Blue, gold, and white were selected as the school colors. The selected nickname for the athletic teams was “Saints,” and a Saint Bernard dog was chosen as the Limestone mascot. Facilities for intercollegiate athletics improved dramatically in 1976 with the opening of the Timken Physical Education Center, which contained a 1,500-seat basketball arena and an aquatic center. In 1984, the men’s golf team brought home Limestone’s first national title, winning the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Championship. Limestone added a men’s baseball program in 1987 and selected as its first coach former major league pitcher and future Hall of Fame member Gaylord Perry.

In 1991, Limestone secured membership in NCAA Division II, and in 1998 joined the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference (CVAC). In 2007, the name was changed to Conference Carolinas. The Saints have remained in the league that gave them their first championship opportunity at the NCAA level and currently have 18 of their 25 teams competing within the conference. In 2017, Limestone joined the South Atlantic Conference as an associate member in football while the field hockey and men’s wrestling programs began competing in the co-brand South Atlantic Conference Carolinas in 2018.

The men’s and women’s lacrosse teams have enjoyed particular success at the national level. The men’s team won NCAA Division II National Championships in 2000, 2002, 2014, 2015, and 2017. The women’s lacrosse team has advanced to the national tournament nine times in recent years. The 2011 and 2013 women’s squads also advanced to the national championship finals.

Field hockey, men’s volleyball, football, acrobatics and tumbling, and women’s wrestling have been added in recent years, bringing the total number of intercollegiate sports to 25. Limestone also offers competitive cheerleading and dance. The Saints played their inaugural football season in 2014. Today, more than 60 percent of Limestone’s day students participate in intercollegiate athletics.

Limestone is committed to the liberal arts and sciences and to educating men and women for leadership, service, and professional responsibility in the 21st century. While receiving a strong foundation in the liberal arts, Limestone students generally major in fields directly related to career preparation – business administration, education, computer science, social work, physical education, and criminal justice.

Limestone is privileged to have a distinguished and dedicated faculty. Nearly 80 percent of the day faculty possess the Ph.D. or other terminal degree in their academic disciplines. A small student-to-faculty ratio allows the university’s students to get individualized attention and more than 80 percent of the day campus classes at Limestone are taught by full-time faculty and staff.

Limestone’s first graduate degree program, leading to the master’s of business administration (MBA), was initiated in July of 2012. The MBA program is designed to prepare students for management positions in business and industry, government, and nonprofit institutions, and to provide further educational opportunities for those persons already employed. In fall of 2020, Limestone will offer the master’s of social work (MSA) and near future additional graduate degree programs include a master’s of athletic training (MAT) and a master’s of health informatics.

Recent additions to the undergraduate curriculum include early childhood education, health care administration, human resource management, and professional communication, providing an important array of programs that are important in today’s job market.

Several online programs at Limestone have been recognized recently as some of the best in the country, including social work, human resources, and psychology. The university’s online associate and bachelor degree programs were also recognized nationally in 2018.

Institutional Leadership

Dr. Darrell Franklin Parker, President

After an extensive national search, Dr. Darrell Franklin Parker was introduced on December 6, 2017, as the next president of Limestone College and officially took office as Limestone’s 22nd president on January 3, 2018.

Dr. Parker had served as the Dean and Professor of Economics for the College of Business at Western Carolina University since 2012.Western Carolina University is a regional public comprehensive university in the University of North Carolina System. Located in Cullowhee, North Carolina, Western Carolina enrolls approximately 11,000 students.

A native of Buncombe County, Dr. Parker grew up in Weaverville, North Carolina and graduated from North Buncombe High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics at the University of North Carolina Asheville before going on to earn his master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Purdue University.

Dr. Parker was no stranger to the Upstate area of South Carolina. He also served for six years as the Dean and Professor of Economics for the Johnson College of Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg.

From 2001 until 2006, Dr. Parker was at Georgia Southern University where he served numerous roles, including professor of economics, director of the Center for Economic Education, acting associate dean, and director of the school of economic development in the College of Business Administration.

He previously was a professor of economics at Winthrop University, where he was named Winthrop University Distinguished Professor in 1999; awarded the First Union Excellence in Teaching prize in 1991; and received the 1988-89 Phi Kappa Phi award for Excellence in Teaching. From 1990 until 2001, he served as director of the Winthrop Economic Development Center, which he founded.

Dr. Monica Baloga, Provost

Dr. Monica Baloga earned her doctorate in organic chemistry in 1995 from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and completed a post-doctoral position as a Merck Postdoctoral Fellow at Colorado State University.

In 1996, Dr. Baloga joined the faculty at Florida Institute of Technology as a visiting Assistant Professor in the department of chemistry and was hired permanently in 1997. In addition to typical faculty responsibilities, she also assumed the role of Lower Division Chemistry Coordinator and served in that capacity for 11 years. During this time, she secured external funding to support the development of laboratory exercises, teaching strategies in chemical education, and classroom demonstrations.

Her administrative background includes over ten years of work in the areas of accreditation, institutional effectiveness, academic, and student affairs. She was responsible for ensuring compliance to regional accreditation standards and she established the university’s current model of institutional effectiveness and assessment processes for general education and academic programs. After being promoted in 2014 to Vice President at the Florida Institute of Technology in 2014, she successfully led the institution through its reaffirmation of accreditation with SACSCOC. From 2012 to 2013, Dr. Baloga was named Dean of Graduate Programs and had oversight of graduate and international academic programs, including study abroad. In July of 2016, she was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President for Academics and Provost. In her time in the office, she implemented the tenure process and multiple faculty tracks, officially launched the Honors College and the Second-Year Experience program.

After a national search, Dr. Baloga was hired as Provost for Limestone College in February of 2020. In July of 2020, the institution changed its name officially to Limestone University. In her role as Provost, Dr. Baloga plans to further emphasize student success and learning for a lifetime, as well as continue to establish new programs for graduate and professional studies.

Benefits Overview

Limestone University offers the following employee benefits:

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision plan
  • Flex Spending Accounts
  • Health Savings Account
  • Voluntary STD
  • Long and Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement Program
  • Life Assistance Program
  • Vacation and Holidays
  • Sick Leave
  • Faculty and Staff Tuition Remission
  • Fifty percent tuition discount with a local private school
  • Graduate School Reimbursement
  • Tuition Exchange Program
  • Free admission to most campus events

2020 Benefit Booklet – Limestone

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Laura Puckett-Boler at lpb@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the Limestone University website at www.limestone.edu

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