Beth Braxton, Vice President for Advancement
Beth Braxton joined PC on May 20, 2013. A graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Braxton delivered more than $20 million in cash and commitments during her two years at High Point. She also built and managed a portfolio of 120 major gift prospects with more than $1 million capacity.
Braxton has served as both Vice President for Institutional Advancement at High Point and in a number of institutional advancement roles at UNC-Chapel Hill. She enjoyed a successful tenure at her alma mater and acquired extensive experience during Carolina First, a comprehensive campaign which raised $2.37 billion, the most successful campaign by a southeastern university at the time.
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, Provost
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. She is excited to be working with Claude Lilly to ensure a bright future for PC, continuing to build on the College’s strengths of faith, relationships, service, and spirit.
Deborah Thompson, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Communications
Deborah Thompson joined the PC family in early 2011, after serving as vice president for enrollment management and campus life at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. She was attracted to PC for its excellent reputation as a liberal arts institution with a pharmacy school. Prior to joining the administration at Stetson, she held several different positions at Emory & Henry College, including director of financial aid, associate dean of admissions and financial aid and dean of admissions and financial aid.
Thompson graduated cum laude from Emory & Henry College and earned her master’s degree in counseling and human development from Radford University in Radford, Virginia. As PC’s first vice president for enrollment and communications, Thompson has leadership responsibilities for admissions, financial aid, marketing, and public relations.
Thompson’s role enables her to interact with every area of the College. She is passionate about her life’s work and is proud to be part of a college with such a supportive campus environment that is personally committed to success.