Clinton, S.C. – Presbyterian College President Dr. Claude C. Lilly has announced he will step down as President effective July 15, 2015. “I am honored that I have had an opportunity to serve PC and the Presbyterian Church, and appreciate all the support I have received from so many alumni, faculty, staff and citizens of Clinton,” Lilly said.
Presbyterian College Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick Phillips `71 said, “We are grateful for Claude’s service to PC and the advances he has made to the school and its programs. During his time at PC, Claude assembled an impressive administrative leadership team, and I’m confident in their ability to lead the College during this transitional period. We wish Claude and Fran the best as they leave PC.”
During his tenure with the College, Dr. Lilly has been instrumental in leading several initiatives for improvement of the campus grounds and buildings, including the $11.8 million Neville Hall Renovation Campaign, of which commitments of $7.4 million have been received, the purchase of the Young property and the establishment of a park. There are also plans for additional student housing and great strides have been made in upgrading campus aesthetics. Dr. Lilly led the swift response to the flooding of Georgia Hall and the complete renovation of the facility in less than seven months.
Dr. Lilly leaves PC in a much stronger financial position, including a much sounder balance sheet and significantly improved liquidity. He continued the advancement of the PC School of Pharmacy working with the Dean of the School of Pharmacy to obtain accreditation.
Dr. Claude C. Lilly assumed the role of President of Presbyterian College on July 15, 2012, after serving as Dean of Clemson University’s College of Business and Behavioral Science since 2007. A Georgia native, Dr. Lilly earned his bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and his doctorate in risk management from Georgia State University. He brought to the PC community extensive administrative and teaching experience, including posts at Texas Tech University, the University of Southern California, Florida State University, and as Dean of the Belk College of Business Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
The Board will shortly announce a person to serve as president pending a national search for a new president.
Presbyterian College is located in Clinton, South Carolina, and was established as Clinton College in 1880 by Dr. William Plumer Jacobs. Today the College serves over 1,400 students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy.
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