Provost, Limestone College


Limestone College has been a pioneer in providing access to higher education. In 1845, when higher education was only a dream for many young women, Limestone was founded as the first women’s college in South Carolina and one of the first in the US. It is the third-oldest college in South Carolina. In the early 1900s, when young men from the local area sought higher education, but could not afford to attend distant universities, Limestone admitted men as commuting students. In the 1960s, Limestone became fully coeducational. In the 1970s, when many institutions 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 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, the program 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. Looking forward, Limestone recently unveiled plans for a new “Global Experience” that will send undergraduate Day Campus students to study around the world, starting with the 2019-2020 academic year.

Today, Limestone is an accredited, independent, coeducational, residential, four-year liberal arts institution, and a non-denominational Christian college. Limestone is one of the three largest private accredited colleges in South Carolina with approximately 2,500 students. The main campus is located in Gaffney, in the Piedmont region of the state. Gaffney is within an hour’s drive of the Greenville/Spartanburg and Charlotte metropolitan areas. Limestone also offers its Evening Program at six sites throughout South Carolina. Limestone is truly a statewide college and its Online Program makes the College truly a worldwide institution.

Dr. Darrell F. Parker, Limestone’s 22nd President, has led the College since January, 2018. Shortly after assuming the Presidency, Dr. Parker established several faculty and staff led task forces to study various aspects of the College. The Marketing & Enrollment Task Force, and others, suggested the change from college to university. As a result, unanimous approval was given by the Board of Trustees for Limestone to begin taking steps to move to the status of a university by the fall of 2020, which coincides with the institution’s 175th anniversary. Because it offers both undergraduate and graduate programs, Limestone is well positioned to change its status from a college to a university. Per Dr. Parker: “The move from a college to a university more accurately reflects who we are, affirms our strategic direction, and positions us for long-term success. There have been vast changes in student population and demands over the past several years and we must adapt our programs and services to the needs of the students. Our move to a university will align our name with our academic offerings and enable us to attract and recruit more students. It also reflects the success the school has had expanding graduate programs and its plans to develop new programs in the coming years. Being a university speaks of the breadth and depth of learning already happening for both undergraduate and graduate students, and of the direction charted by Limestone’s strategic plan. A lot of momentum is building at Limestone and we believe our change to a university will be one of the driving forces to our continued growth.”

The mission of Limestone is to educate students from diverse backgrounds in the liberal arts and selected professional disciplines. By providing degree programs throughout the state and online, the College 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. As such, the College’s 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 offers academic programs leading to the 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. Athletically, the College currently participates in the NCAA Division II as a member of Conference Carolinas but has recently announced a move to full membership in the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year.

The institution is in a phase improvement and transition. Candidates should be forward-thinking, innovative, and goal oriented.

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The Provost reports to the President and serves as a member of the Cabinet. Other cabinet positions reporting to the President include: Vice President for Finance and Administration; Vice President for Institutional Advancement; Vice President for Athletics; Vice President for Enrollment Services; Vice President for Communications and Marketing.

Positions reporting to the Provost include: Dean – School of Arts and Humanities; Dean – School of Education and Behavioral Sciences; Dean – School of Business and Professional Studies; Dean – School of Natural and Health Sciences; Dean of Student Life; Dean of Student Success; Dean of Accreditation; Director of Distance Learning; Director of Institutional Research; Director of the Library; Registrar; Special Assistant to the Provost; and Administrative Assistant. There are approximately 135 full-time employees in the academic functions supervised by the Provost, that number includes approximately 92 full-time faculty members.

In addition to those listed above, the Provost will work closely with, and/or communicate regularly with, a variety of stakeholders (internal and external) and vendors including, but not limited to: Board of Trustees; accrediting agencies; outsource partners; government officials; and community representatives.


The primary responsibility of the Provost is to serve as the chief academic officer of the College with responsibility for planning, development, implementation, coordination, review, and administration of all academic programs and support services. The Provost is also the ranking college officer who acts in the absence of the President.

As the chief academic officer of the College, the Provost provides leadership that ensures a current and relevant curriculum that is consistent with the mission of the College; leads and evaluates the faculty and staff within the academic affairs function; develops short-term and long-term plans consistent with the mission of the College and with a fiscally responsible budget; represents the faculty and appropriate staff to all constituencies, including the Board of Trustees, administration, students, alumni, and the public; and promotes the College to all constituencies, both internal and external.

Other specific duties will/may include, but not necessarily be limited to:

  • Lead and manage all undergraduate and graduate academic affairs, student life, institutional research and assessment, and registrar for the College.
  • Represent the faculty and academic and student life programs to the College’s Board of Trustees and all other pertinent stakeholders.
  • Oversee the graduate, online, and evening programs.
  • Share responsibility, with the Faculty Development Committee, to maintain a fair and effective faculty evaluation system; ensure operation of the evaluation system and provide administrative support for the system (the Provost’s office maintains the official personnel files for faculty members); collaborate with the Faculty Development Committee regarding periodic formal evaluations of all faculty and provide recommendations to the President regarding tenure, promotion, and continuation of faculty.
  • Serve as an active member of the Curriculum and Coordinating Committees and a voting member of all faculty committees with only one vote.
  • Direct the annual performance evaluation processes for non-faculty academic staff.
  • With the President having final approval, manage all compensation issues with faculty (both full-time and adjunct).
  • Direct/oversee the recruitment, development, and retention of high-quality faculty and academic staff, including Deans for the schools; coordinate with Deans to recruit, develop, and appoint Department Chairs and other leadership within the academic schools.
  • Cultivate programs to enhance the learning experience through classroom teaching and other curricular and/or co-curricular modes.
  • Develop programs to support faculty and student scholarship; initiate and support professional development and research opportunities for faculty and students.
  • Coordinate the solicitation of external funding in support of academic programs.
  • Generate and implement a responsible budget for the academic affairs function; develop initiatives to enhance revenue streams.
  • Maintain an up-to-date Faculty Handbook.
  • Serve as the key liaison with SACS or other accreditation organizations.
  • Represent the College in any discussions of academic collaboration with other colleges, universities, or academic organizations.
  • Remain current on trends in higher education through conferences, meetings, and publications.


  • Record of distinguished and progressively responsible academic administrative experience in higher education; experience as an academic dean, or significant academic administrative experience, at a regionally and/or nationally accredited institution.
  • A distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, and service appropriate for appointment to the rank of Professor.
  • Track record of academic leadership that demonstrates a commitment to innovation through exemplary teaching, programs, and enhanced student engagement.
  • Effective leadership skills combined with a strong work ethic and an ability to prioritize work, advance multiple projects at once, and adjust plans as circumstances change.
  • Demonstrated confidence and comfort working in a collaborative and entrepreneurial culture committed to the principles of shared governance.
  • Strong and effective written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills to support engagement with both academic and non-academic constituencies.
  • Understanding and familiarity with current trends in higher education, particularly related to independent, liberal arts colleges; experience with online and distance education is a plus.
  • Expertise with professional program-level accreditation processes and with institutional-level regional accreditation requirements [e.g., Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) or other regional accrediting bodies.]
  • Terminal academic degree in a discipline represented in the College’s academic programs.


Compensation will be commensurate with experience including a competitive base salary and competitive benefits package.

Limestone College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.


To make a nomination, provide a referral, or for additional information please use the contact information below. To apply, submit a resume and/or vita and cover letter to:

Coleman Lew Canny Bowen
6101 Carnegie Blvd., Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28209
Ken Carrick, President
Janny DeLoache, Consultant