In July 2015, the Presbyterian College (PC) Board of Trustees announced that Robert (Bob) Emmett Staton ’68 was selected to serve as president.
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 the College’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 the College’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 Clinton, S.C. 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.”
Dr. Donald R. Raber II
Dr. Don Raber 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.
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 Leadership Team, Jacki served as Vice President of Operations and Chief of Staff of the VMI (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 Board of Trustees and 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 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 of 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 the 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
Jeff Scaccia comes to PC from the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark., where he served as vice president for finance and administration since 2013. Scaccia served as chief financial officer at the University of the Ozarks from 2004 to 2013.
While at the University of the Ozarks, Scaccia has had responsibility for finance, information technology, physical plant, as well as other areas of the college’s operation. Scaccia has also been active in a number of community organizations and the Arkansas Association of College and University Business Officers.
Before his career in higher education, Scaccia, a CPA, worked in public accounting and as an internal auditor from 1995 to 2004.
Scaccia earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Arkansas in 1995 and earned his MBA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2002.
He graduated from the Harvard Institute for Educational Management in 2015. Scaccia and his wife, Amy, have three sons: Jack, Trevor, and Cooper.
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.
Robert Acunto brings more than 20 years of intercollegiate athletic experience to the position. He most recently served as senior associate athletic director for development and external relations at the University of Texas at El Paso.
While at UTEP, 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. Acunto served in the athletic department at The Citadel for eight years before his tenure at UTEP. He became the assistant athletic director for compliance and academic services at The Citadel in 2010 before ultimately serving as interim director of athletics from December 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, he served as assistant and associate director of athletics for compliance at American University in Washington, DC. 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 in Business Administration from Bryant College in Smithfield, Rhode Island. He earned a Master of Education from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts.
He and his wife, Jennifer, who is an operating room nurse, have been married for seven years. They enjoy spending time together as a family, which also includes one dog and two cats. Rob and Jennifer are looking forward to joining the PC and Clinton communities.
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Booker T. Ingram, Jr.
Professor Booker T. Ingram received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Winston-Salem State University in N.C. and received both his MA and PhD in political science from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
In 1987 he became the first African American to serve on the faculty at Presbyterian College, and where he was named Presbyterian College’s Professor of the Year in 2000.
He has completed post-doctoral studies at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas (1992); Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts (1999); and Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama (2001).
Professor Ingram was awarded an endowed academic chair at PC in 2002 when he was named the Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science.
During a six-month sabbatical from Presbyterian College in 2009, he served as a guest lecturer at the University of Havana’s Center for the Study of the United States in Havana, Cuba.
He currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Presbyterian College and was appointed to the position of Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in July 2017.
Chair of the Faculty Senate
Dr. Michael Nelson
Dr. Nelson came to PC in 2000 after finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Arkansas and teaching for a year at the University of Louisville. The major reason he came to PC was to be at a liberal arts college akin to his undergraduate experience at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. There he majored in History and Social Studies Education. After graduation, he received his M.A. in Policy History at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and then spent four years at Arkansas.
Dr. Nelson met his wife, Susan, in Ohio. They have two boys and identical twin girls. He is an avid college football fan and loves to travel, read, listen to music, and spend time with his kids.
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
William W. Gaston ’65
Rev. Allen C. McSween
Richard H. Monk
James H. Powell
William B. Shearer, Jr.
Miramar Beach, Fla.