Dr. Donald R. Raber II started as PC’s provost on 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 the 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.
Dean of School of Pharmacy
A graduate of the University Of South Carolina College Of Pharmacy, Dr. L. Clifton Fuhrman, Jr., serves as Dean of 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.
Vice President of Advancement
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.
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.
Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing
Suzanne Petrusch is honored to have joined PC in June of 2016. For the past 12 years, she served as the Vice President for Enrollment Management at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, where she oversaw the Offices of Admission, including Graduate & Adult Enrollment Services; Financial Assistance; Enrollment Marketing; and Student Retention. She focused on organizational change, professional development, data-driven enrollment strategies, marketing and communication, and the strategic use of financial aid in order to achieve transformation. Among markers of the division’s success, Suzanne notes the 28 percent increase in the size of the first-year class, the first enactment of a deposit wait list, and improvements in persistence of first-generation students. Further, the University realized a gain of 18.2% in the four-year graduation rate within 10 years.
Suzanne’s move to San Antonio followed 15 years of progressive responsibility at the University of Dayton where she served as the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management. Among her favorite responsibilities at UD, she counts successfully coordinating and implementing the marketing and communications plans for the enrollment management division, integrating media and new technologies, and being charged with re-engineering the University’s graduate student marketing and admission operations. Prior to joining the University of Dayton, Suzanne gained experience in marketing and sales through positions with an executive search firm and a directory advertising company. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Trinity University and a Master of Science in education from the University of Dayton, and currently is a doctoral student in educational leadership at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Suzanne authored a chapter for a book on best technology practices in higher education. She enjoys sharing information about the use of technology as a critical component of sophisticated enrollment management and positioning strategies.
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.
Vice President of Human Resources 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.
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.”
Chair of the Faculty Senate
Dr. Justin Lance, associate professor of political science currently serves as chair of the Faculty Senate at Presbyterian College. He joined the faculty at Presbyterian College in 2011. He received his Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University in 2010, his master’s degree in political science from The Ohio State University in 2007, and his B.A. in political science, summa cum laude, from Bethany College in West Virginia in 2002.
His research and teaching interests include Latin American (particularly Brazilian) and African politics, political economy, and U.S. foreign policy. He has previously taught at The Ohio State University, Penn State University- Harrisburg, and the College of Charleston.
Having attended a small liberal arts college, Lance knows the value and benefits of a liberal arts degree in a setting like PC, with the hands-on attention given to students and tailored educational programs. He is passionate about exposing students to places outside of the U.S. and has traveled with students to Guatemala, Ethiopia, Greece, and Cuba in the past three years. Beyond traveling, his hobbies include cooking and classic European cars, and he also is a dedicated fan of Cleveland sports teams.