Dr. Matthew vandenBerg
Matthew vandenBerg, former vice president for advancement and external relations at Alma College (Alma, Mich.), is the nineteenth president of Presbyterian College.
vandenBerg, a Certified Fund Raising Executive, led a team responsible for Alma College’s constituent engagement and fundraising programs. These programs include major and planned gifts, annual giving, corporate and foundation partnerships, alumni and parent initiatives, donor relations, and stewardship, advancement services, government relations, community partnerships, and employer relations.
During his tenure at Alma College, vandenBerg led the five most productive fundraising years in the college’s history. Alma College averaged raising $17 million a year since vandenBerg arrived in 2015.
As Alma College’s chief external relations officer, vandenBerg worked closely with the Alma, Mich., community in a variety of ways, including promoting economic development, facilitating community service projects and internship opportunities, and meeting with elected officials.
vandenBerg was selected by PC’s Board of Trustees on Oct. 28, 2020. He succeeded Bob Staton on February 1, 2021.
“Dr. vandenBerg embraces the Christian faith and is a lifelong member of the PC (USA),” said E. G. Lassiter ’69, chair of the PC Board of Trustees. The Presbyterian Church (USA) is a denomination of the Presbyterian Church with which PC is affiliated.
“He sought a presidency at a church-related liberal arts college, and specifically PC, as our mission of developing well-rounded students is a driving force for him,” Lassiter said.
“With the many challenges facing higher education, Dr. vandenBerg brings a sense of urgency, initiative, and drive that is going to be needed to address and navigate the changes facing PC over the next decade. He has a personality that will make others want to join with him in that effort.”
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Kerry Pannell
Dr. Kerry Pannell joined PC as provost and vice president for academic affairs in June 2021.
Formerly the vice president for academic programs at the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C., Pannell is an award-winning educator and accomplished researcher.
She was honored with the Centennial Teaching Assistant Award at Stanford University while earning her Ph.D. in economics and was the recipient of the DePauw United Methodist Church Exemplary Teaching Award in 2008 during her long tenure at DePauw University in Indiana.
Pannell began teaching in DePauw’s department of economics and management in 1997 and was named the Q.G. Noblitt Professor of Economics in 2008 before serving as the school’s dean of the faculty from 2009-2012. During her tenure at DePauw, she coordinated the Consortium for Faculty Diversity at Liberal Arts Colleges, leading efforts to increase pre- and post-doctoral fellowships for diverse graduate students interested in academic careers at liberal arts colleges.
In 2013, Pannell joined the administration at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga., as the associate vice president for academic affairs and associate dean of the faculty. She received a promotion to vice president for academic affairs in 2015, serving there until 2019, when she joined the Council of Independent Colleges as an administrator.
Throughout her career, Pannell has championed diversity in academia. She continues to teach and do research on economic pedagogy. She also writes on issues of higher education, immigration, and the liberal arts.
Pannell is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics. In addition to teaching at her alma mater, she also taught at Bowdoin College and the Kiev Polytechnic Institute.
Pannell and her husband, David Worthington, DePauw University Emeritus Professor of Communication and Theatre, live in Clinton with their four dogs — Boomer, Cooper, Gus, and Max.
Vice President of Human Resources and Title IX
Dr. Terri Tibbs
Terri Tibbs joined Presbyterian College in April 2021 as vice president of human resources and Title IX.
The former associate vice chancellor of human resources at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, N.C., Tibbs provided campus-wide leadership in the planning and administration of the university’s human resources programs, including participation in the school’s emergency management and employee engagement teams. She was Fayetteville State’s deputy Title IX coordinator, Equal Opportunity officer, diversity and inclusion officer and human resources’ lead for campus re-accreditation and strategic planning committees.
Tibbs co-led campus efforts at Fayetteville State to develop an employee engagement strategy. Planning included enhancing communication, supervisor and manager training and development, and a mechanism for feedback and communication.
Committed to student success, Tibbs championed the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) initiative at Fayetteville State. The initiative increased the awareness and confidence of faculty and staff to respondto their peers and students who may be experiencing mental health crises. She was instrumental in facilitating an onsite MHFA certification of faculty and staff trainers. She also served an adjunct lecturer of human resource management and as an employee relations and training manager.
Tibbs also served as chief of staff at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, N.C., and as director of corporate human resources and director of human resources at Pactiv in Lake Forest, Ill.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C., and a master’s degree in management science from the State University of New York in Binghamton, N.Y. She also holds numerous professional certifications, including Deputy Title IX Coordinator certification, diversity and inclusion certification from Cornell University, and certification as a mental health first aid facilitator.
Vice President for Enrollment
Mr. Woody O’Cain
Woody O’Cain joined the PC community as vice president for enrollment on July 26, 2021.
With more than 30 years of experience in higher education management, O’Cain has experience in enrollment, alumni and parent engagement, and fundraising.
Before joining PC, he served as a fundraiser in the division of development and alumni engagement at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., where he also served as executive director of alumni engagement and assistant vice president of alumni and parent engagement.
He began his career in 1987 at Queens University of Charlotte, N.C., where he helped recruit the school’s first co-educational class. From 1992-98, he was in charge of recruitment for all college’s serving the S.C. Honors College at the University of South Carolina.
After a two-year stint as associate vice president for enrollment at the University of Evansville, Ind., O’Cain returned to his native South Carolina, where he served for 10 years as the director of admissions at Furman University. During his tenure there, O’Cain’s work in admissions helped elevate Furman’s national reputation as a highly-selective, academically competitive, and diverse liberal arts institution.
O’Cain also served as the vice president for enrollment management at his alma mater, Erskine College, before rejoining Queens University as associate vice president and dean of admissions. In addition to his decades of experience in higher education, he also has worked as a consultant for Performa Higher Education – now CREDO – where he worked with the company’s enrollment team to guide small, private colleges and universities through their admission and recruitment strategies.
He has served on the board of the Southern Association of College Admissions Counselors and has been a popular keynote presenter and panelist for more than 80 schools around the country on all topics related to the college selection process.
A 1987 graduate of Erskine College, O’Cain and his wife, Patty, have two daughters – Ashley and Alex.
Vice President of Advancement
Jacki Berkshire joined PC on July 17, 2017.
A graduate of James Madison University, she continued her studies at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the PC cabinet, Jacki served as vice president of operations and chief of staff of the Virginia Military Institute Foundation where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the foundation and the Uncommon Purpose Campaign. Her duties also included oversight of the foundation’s board of trustees and serving as a liaison between the foundation and the Institute. While at VMI Jacki developed the donor relations and stewardship division of the foundation and provided support to the communications department.
Berkshire’s professional background includes serving as the director of corporate and foundation relations at the VMI Foundation and director of annual giving at Southeastern Louisiana University.
Vice President of Campus Life and Dean of Students
Dr. Joy Smith
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 bachelor’s degree in administrative management in 1975 and master’s degree in education in 1977, both from Clemson University. She received her Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of South Carolina in 1991.
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Jeff Scaccia joined the Presbyterian College community on May 13, 2019. He oversees PC business operations as well as the departments of campus services, information technology, auxiliary services and campus police.
Scaccia is a certified public accountant and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Arkansas and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He also attended the Harvard Institute for Educational Management in 2015.
Scaccia previously served University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark. as vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer for 15 years. Before his career in higher education, he spent 10 years working in public accounting and banking.
He is currently an active member of the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers and has also served on the boards of the Arkansas Association of College and University Business Officers, the Johnson County (Ark.) Chamber of Commerce, the Johnson County Boys Club, and the Clarksville Lions Club. He has also served as a peer mentor for the Higher Learning Commission.
Scaccia and his wife, Amy, have three sons: Jack, Trevor, and Cooper.
Robert Acunto brings more than 20 years of intercollegiate athletic experience to his position as PC’s athletic director.
As the former senior associate athletic director for development and external relations at the University of Texas at El Paso. Acunto led and coordinated all external relations for the intercollegiate athletic department. He managed all departments that focused on athletic development, broadcasting, marketing and promotions, season ticketing, and graphic design and video production. He also supervised the football and men’s golf programs.
Prior to his service at UTEP, Acunto served in the athletic department at The Citadel for eight years. He became the assistant athletic director for compliance and academic services in 2010 before serving as interim director of athletics from Dec. 2017 to July 2018. As interim AD, he served on The Citadel’s executive leadership team and financial review board and led the intercollegiate athletic department. He also helped develop the initial draft of a comprehensive six-year strategic plan focused on cadet-student-athlete development and academic achievement, competitive excellence, and fiscal sustainability.
Before The Citadel, he served as assistant commissioner for business and internal operations for the Atlantic 10 Conference and for more than five years as assistant and associate director of athletics for compliance at American University in Washington, D.C. While at American University, he also served a year as interim director of athletics and recreation.
He graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I. He earned a master’s degree in education from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass.
He and his wife, Jennifer, an operating room nurse, enjoy spending time together as a family, which includes their dog and cat.
The Presbyterian College Board of Trustees is composed of 26 trustees who are charged with the overall governance and shaping of the policies that lead the College in its practices and in reaching its goals.
James H. Barnhardt Jr. ’67
George H. Cornelson
Kenneth R. Couch
White Stone, S.C.
William C. Gaston ’65
Rev. Allen C. McSween
Richard H. Monk
James H. Powell
William B. Shearer, Jr.
Miramar Beach, Fla.