President Bob Staton Presbyterian College Clinton SC | LeadershipThe Presbyterian College (PC) Board of Trustees is proud to announce that Robert (Bob) Emmett Staton ’68 has been selected to serve as president of PC effective July 2015.

Staton is a 1968 graduate of PC and a 1971 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. He went on to become the chairman and CEO of Colonial Life before retirement and currently serves on the board of Delta Apparel, a publicly traded company with executive offices in Greenville, S.C. He is a member of numerous state and local civic organizations and has been recognized by the South Carolina State Chamber of Commerce as Business Leader of the Year and was awarded the Order of the Palmetto by Governor Jim Hodges.

Staton served as a member of PC’s Board of Trustees from 1997-2006, serving on and chairing several committees. He also served as chair of the College’s Promise and Challenge capital campaign. In January 2007, he joined PC’s administration as executive vice president for external relations until 2012. At the 2015 Commencement ceremonies, Staton received an honorary doctorate of public service degree from the College.

Staton and his wife, Phyllis, currently reside in Lexington, S.C. and will move to Clinton in late-July. Phyllis retired after a fifty year career at Palmetto Health Baptist and Richland, most recently having worked as manager of the Breast Centers. Staton has four children, Chris, Lindsay, Rob ’97 and Jason ’99 and currently serves as an elder at Cherokee Presbyterian Church in Gilbert, S.C.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve PC in this role,” said Staton. “PC has played a significant role in my life and that of my family. Phyllis and I are excited to have the opportunity to help shape PC’s future. We are excited about the opportunity to work closely with the students, faculty, staff, alumni and the Clinton community to move PC into the future.”

Brian Fortman

Dean of Enrollment Management

Brian Fortman has held the position of PC’s dean of enrollment management since July 2010, but joined the PC executive team in 2008 as the director of admissions. Previously, he served as the senior assistant director of admissions and assistant men’s soccer coach at Goucher College for seven years.

Fortman graduated from Goucher College in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in business management, and earned his Master of Education degree in athletic leadership and administration from Goucher College in 2013.

His background at Goucher College helped to prepare him for the much larger role he has taken on here at PC. Making the big move from Maryland to South Carolina has allowed Fortman to bring operational vision, proven leadership and decision making skills, and a strong work ethic to his position. Over the past four years, he has been able to help PC reach admissions goals while developing the foundation for future enrollment.

Brian is active in the Clinton community, where he resides with his wife Becky and sons, Zach (9) and Chris (7).

Grady Jones

Vice President of Advancement, Marketing, Public Relations and Communications

Grady Jones joined the Presbyterian Team as the Vice President of Advancement, Marketing, Public Relations and Communications on October 27, 2014, after serving as the vice president for institutional advancement at Westminster College, which is also affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA).

Grady earned his B.S. in English and Religious Studies from Oakland City University, and received his M.S. in Philanthropic Studies as well as his Certificate in Fundraising Management (CFM) from the Indiana Fund Raising School.

Jones brings a unique perspective to PC after spending nineteen years in higher education department leadership roles, including advancement, development, alumni relations, marketing, communications and media relations. In his spare time, Jones enjoys golfing, spending time with his family, fishing and writing short stories.

Susan Maddux

Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer

Susan A. Maddux joined PC on May 1, 2013 after serving Converse in a similar role since October 2005. She graduated from Converse College in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in accounting and computer science/mathematics. She was certified as a public accountant in 1994 and completed a Masters of Professional Accountancy from Clemson University in 1995. Before her current role, she served as controller of Converse College from 1994 to 2005.

As vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer at Converse, Maddux’s responsibilities included overseeing accounting and audit; student financial aid; financial projections, trends, and forecasting; budget development and oversight; health benefit and property; risk management; dining room and café services; online bookstore; summer camps and conferences; and facilities rentals and auditorium. She will see similar responsibilities at PC.

Maddux resides in Boiling Springs, S.C. and has two sons who are in high school. She was recently married to Brian Maddux, who is a special education teacher at Woodmont High School.

Don Raber


Dr. Donald R. Raber II started as PC’s provost in January 2, 2013. Raber joined the PC faculty in 2002 in the Political Science Department and served most recently as dean of Academic Programs.

He earned his B.A. in political science from Furman University, graduating summa cum laude and receiving membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University, where he studied the presidency and the federal bureaucracy. Outside of his service to PC, Raber was a past president of the South Carolina Political Science Association and the former editor of its Journal of Political Science.

Even as Don went to graduate school at a research-oriented institution, he appreciated the value of a liberal arts education coupled with individualized commitment to student success. Having spent time in South Carolina as both a student and a professor, Don recognized how PC stands out as an ideal place to teach, study, and work with young people. Now as Provost, he is energized by the chance to work with PC’s outstanding faculty and staff to pursue a first-class education for our 1,150 undergraduates and over 200 students in the School of Pharmacy.

Brian Reese

Director of Athletics

Brian Reese came to PC in 2010 after serving as associate director of student-athletics at Vanderbilt University. While at Vanderbilt, Reese also spent time as director of football operations and as director of sports operations. He has also been head athletic trainer at Furman University and assistant director of sports medicine at the Citadel.

Reese is a 1986 graduate of Grand Valley State College in Allendale, Michigan, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He also earned a master’s degree in athletic administration from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma in 1989.

While working at The Citadel and Furman University, Reese was impressed by PC’s excellent academic and athletic reputation. He was also attracted to the challenge of building a Division 1 athletic department from the ground up. Now, his favorite part of the job is working with PC’s student-athletes, who Reese explains “compete against the smartest students during the week and against some of the best athletic talent on the weekends.”

Joy Smith

Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students

Dr. Joy Smith joined PC as vice president for campus life and dean of students on January 18, 2013. Smith is the former associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Clemson University. She has a comprehensive background in all areas of campus life, including student learning and development, career services, student health services, and multicultural affairs.

Smith received her B.S. in administrative management in 1975 and master of education in 1977, both from Clemson University. She received her Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of South Carolina in Columbia in 1991.

With her education, experience, and belief that educating and developing the whole person involves affirming the worth of every student as a wonderfully and uniquely created individual, Smith’s vision for campus life is a great fit for PC.

Barbara Fayad

VP of HR and Title IX

A graduate of Newberry College, Barbara Fayad served as associate vice president for human resources and business affairs at her alma mater from 1979-2001. While at the college, she served as a member of the president’s cabinet and as the college’s legal liaison. In addition, she was the college’s safety officer and plan administrator for personnel benefits.

Since arriving at Presbyterian College as Vice President of Human Resources and Title IX, Fayad has been a member of the President’s Leadership Team and served on various college committees. Fayad is the staff member to the Board of Trustees’ HR Sub Committee as well as its Audit and Resource Management Committee.

Cliff Fuhrman

Dean of School of Pharmacy

A graduate of the University Of South Carolina College Of Pharmacy, Dr. L. Clifton Fuhrman, Jr., serves as Dean for the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy. In his current position, Fuhrman is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating the educational, research, service, and pharmacy practice programs at the School of Pharmacy. He is also responsible for establishing and implementing standards for academic performance and progression.

Fuhrman is a 2008 graduate of Leadership South Carolina and the Academic Leadership Fellows Program of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. He has served as President and three terms as Treasurer of the South Carolina Society of Health Systems Pharmacists and as the Midlands Region Board Member of the South Carolina Pharmacy Association. In addition, he has been awarded the College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year Award on two occasions and was named the South Carolina Health Systems Pharmacist of the Year in 2001.

Jerry Slice

Faculty Representative

Dr. Jerry Slice has spent more than 25 years at Presbyterian College. In that time has he has served on the PC commission exploring the covenant relationship between PC and the Synod of the South Atlantic, the advisory committee to the South Carolina Board of Economic Advisors, and chaired the department of economics and business administration. In addition, Slice represents the Senior Faculty Council on the President’s leadership team and is currently in his
fourth term on the Senior Faculty Council.

Slice, whose teaching focus is economics, teaches courses such as principles of economics, intermediate microeconomics, international economics, international marketing, and environmental economics.

The Presbyterian College Board of Trustees is composed of 26 trustees and nine trustee emeriti who are charged with the overall governance and shaping of the policies that lead the College in its practices and in reaching its goals.

W. Bradley Bryant ’75
VP, REACH Georgia
Atlanta, Ga.

Kenneth R. Couch
President, Smith Drug Company (Retired)
White Stone, S.C.

William D. S. Kuhne
Operations Manager, Epic Foods
Columbia, S.C.

E.G. Lassiter ’69
Atlanta, Ga.

Tommy Lawson III ’71
Charlotte, N.C.

William D. Loeble, Jr. ’65
COO, Beaver Manufacturing Company (Retired)
Covington, Ga.

Dr. Allen C. McSween
Pastor, Fourth Presbyterian Church (Retired)
Greenville, S.C.

Thomas R. Parrish ’81
Regional Insurance President, BB&T Insurance Services, Inc.
Clinton, S.C.

Richard P. Spencer
Managing Director, Henagan Spencer Capital Partners
Atlanta, Ga.

John H. Stroud ’76
President, O’Dell Corporation
Greenwood, S.C.

Presbyterian Church (USA) Representatives

Thomas H. Milton ’72
SVP/Managing Director, Merrill Lynch (Retired); President, THM Group Inc.
Greensboro, N.C.

David F. Parker II ’86
Sr. VP, U.S. Finance Market Segment Leader, Colonial Life
Columbia, S.C.

Rev. Dr. Jeri Parrish Perkins ’81
Pastor/Head of Staff, First Presbyterian Church of Clinton
Clinton, S.C.

G. Patrick Phillips ’71
Bank of America (Retired)
Charlotte, N.C.

H. Stanley Reid ’74
Pastor, Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
Greenville, S.C.

At–Large Trustees

Hartwell Dew ’75
Executive VP, Guy Carpenter and Company, LLC
Atlanta, Ga.

James L. Medford
President/CEO, Aaron Industries (Retired)
Greenwood S.C.

Ted Pitts ’94
President/CEO, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
Lexington, S.C.

James D. Samples, Jr. ’85
President International, Scripps Networks
Knoxville, Tenn.

Louise Slater
Partner, The Price Group
Columbia, S.C.

James W. Spradley, Jr.
CEO, Standard Candy Co. Inc.
Nashville, Tenn.

Robert Vingi ’86
Managing Director-Investments, Wells Fargo
Charleston, S.C.

Alumni Association Representatives

John Jeslenik ’73
Principal, EZ Way Farm
North Augusta, Ga.

Brittany Reese ’07
Greenwood, S.C.

Consulting Representatives

James H. Powell ’68
President and CEO, Highland Commercial Bank
Marietta, Ga.

Emeriti Trustees

Ronald Allen
Atlanta, Ga.

James H. Barnhardt Jr. ’67
Charlotte, N.C.

Irwin Belk
Charlotte, N.C.

George H. Cornelson
Clinton, S.C.

William C. Gaston ’47
Atlanta, Ga.

William W. Gaston ’65
Spartanburg, S.C.

Richard H. Monk
Birmingham, Ala.

William A. L. Sibley, Jr.
Greenville, S.C.

James W. Spradley, Sr.
Eastman, Ga.