President of Charleston Southern UniversityFor CSU Website Click Here
When did you become a Christian?
I became a Christian at the age of 12 after attending Vacation Bible School. Our family helped start and construct a church in our neighborhood. As a young boy I learned first-hand, the joy of giving and serving.
Was there a point in your profession where your faith helped you make a good choice?
I have always believed that God had a plan for my life. I have trusted in His guidance and He has certainly blessed me. God gave me numerous opportunities to gain valuable experience in business, industry and education prior to coming to Charleston Southern University. When I was invited to become president of CSU, I realized that God had been preparing me throughout my life for this key role. The joy of life is knowing and doing God’s will.
Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
What would you say to young people starting their career? What advice would you give them about connecting their faith and their work?
To set goals in every area of life:
Spiritual goals – “know God’s purpose for your life”
Educational goals – “never, never stop learning”
Physical goals – “take care of your bodies”
Vocational goals – “find a career you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life”
Financial goals – “never spend more than you earn”
Service goals – “be committed to Service above self”
How do you and Charleston Southern University connect with the mission of the Prayer Breakfast?
Mission of the Prayer Breakfast …to bring together local Christian leaders to minister to the community and change lives.
CSU’s vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.
Moral leadership is critical in every area of society. Charleston Southern University and the Charleston Leadership Foundation focus on integrating faith in business and market place areas.