July 19, 2014

News from SC’s colleges, universities

Longtime Clemson senior woman administrator Barbara Kennedy-Dixon is leaving her role for another spot in the athletic department.

Clemson senior woman administrator takes on new role

Longtime Clemson senior woman administrator Barbara Kennedy-Dixon is leaving her role for another spot in the athletic department.

Clemson said Tuesday that Kennedy-Dixon, who had spent the past 27 years in athletic administration and the past 10 as senior woman administrator, will become special assistant to athletic director Dan Radakovich. The school said Kennedy-Dixon would help Radakovich with special projects or areas of critical need within the department.

Kennedy-Dixon has been tied to Clemson since 1978 when she began her career with the women’s basketball team. Kennedy-Dixon became the first women’s basketball player in the school’s Ring of Honor. She was a two-time All-American, a three-time member of the all-Atlantic Coast Conference team and was the MVP of the ACC tournament in 1981 and 1982.

Kennedy-Dixon was voted Clemson’s top athlete of the 1980’s, a decade where the football team won its national championship and was among the ACC’s best with players like William “Refrigerator” Perry, Terry Kinard and Kevin Mack.

Kennedy-Dixon moved from college into coaching as a Clemson assistant coach, then became an administrator with her alma mater.

The school said it’s conducting a national search for Kennedy-Dixon’s replacement as senior woman administrator.

The Associated Press

Erskine College and Theological Seminary names new president

Paul Kooistra of Suwannee, Ga., has been appointed president of Erskine College and Theological Seminary, the Rev. William S. Cain, chairman of the Erskine Board of Trustees, announced last week.

Kooistra, who has headed Mission to the World (MTW), an agency of the Presbyterian Church in America, since 1994, previously served for nearly a decade as president of Covenant Theological Seminary in Creve Coeur, Mo. His experience in the field of higher education has included service on the faculties of Belhaven College, Reformed School of Education, and Reformed Theological Seminary. Earlier in his career, he served two pastorates in Florida and was principal of a Christian day school.

Kooistra announced plans to step back from his longtime leadership role at Mission to the World about a year ago.

Benedict’s Christian assembly opens Sunday

Sunday marks the opening session of the Young People’s Christian Assembly, presented by Benedict College.

The event, open to participants ages 12-18, brings together teens to learn more about the Christian faith, according to a news release from the college. This year’s theme is “Reflecting a Face-to-Face Encounter” Exodus 34:29. The event is in its 40th year.

The assembly drew nearly 175 participants last year, said the Rev. D.L. Grant Sr., director of church relations at Benedict College.

The assembly runs Sunday through Wedneseday. Participants will attend a variety of classes, including themes on dating and marriage. The event will culminate with a gradution for those students who have been attending through their teenage years at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Antisdel Chapel at Benedict.

For other details, call (803) 705-4606 or email

From Staff Reports

Clemson’s capital campaign exceeds $800 million mark

Clemson University’s “The Will to Lead” capital campaign has surpassed the $800 million milestone, President James P. Clements said late last week.

“To use a football analogy, it means we are now in the red zone and the goal is in sight,” Clements said. “To our students, faculty and staff, it means new scholarships, fellowships, professorships and chairs, as well as new and improved facilities. We are so very grateful to the donors and volunteers who are making Clemson a stronger university by providing their support.”

Private gifts to the university totaled $115 million for the 2013-14 fiscal year, bringing the multi-year “The Will to Lead” campaign’s total to $811 million toward the $1 billion goal.

The total raised this year includes $75.9 million in cash gifts, pledges and gifts-in-kind, $15.8 million in planned gifts and $32 million raised by IPTAY through its annual fund, cash and pledges for major gifts, and planned gifts to support athletics, officials said.

The percentage of alumni who gave to Clemson University was 23.3 percent, which remains one of the highest among public universities in the nation, officials said.

More than 22,000 individuals made donations to the university during the fiscal year.

In 2012, Clemson surpassed its goal of raising $600 million in the campaign and extended the goal to $1 billion to support students and faculty with scholarships, professorships, facilities, technology and enhanced opportunities for learning and research.

Greenville News

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