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Q&A with new President Dr. Timothy Quinnan – Part Three

Dr. Timothy Quinnan

On Tuesday, June 20, Richmont Graduate University’s Board of Trustees announced the selection of its next President, Dr. Timothy Quinnan. Dr. Quinnan brings to Richmont an extensive background of serving students and universities including roles as Vice President of Student Affairs at University of Texas at Arlington, Associate Vice President for Campus Life at San Diego State University, Vice President for Student Services at Stark State College, and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Florida State University.

Question 4: What do you hope to accomplish during your tenure as the President of Richmont Graduate University?

Answer: My leadership agenda will arise from rich and robust consultations with all stakeholders in the Richmont community. It is essential for me to understand what they believe matters most. Together we will forge a shared vision that we can then work collectively to achieve. Clearly, there are a number of priorities that emerged during search process discussions. Among them will be: securing maximum term CACREP as well as SACS accreditation, leveraging the University’s strong institutional identity to create wider brand awareness among new constituent groups, expanding the enrollment and organizational infrastructure to support it, cultivating fresh revenue streams and other financial resources, and enhancing faculty, staff, and student diversity. These describe several important tasks and early milestones to be reached in our journey forward. Together with dedicated Trustees and the high-performance management team already in place, my commitment is to lead the University to fulfill a destiny so clearly portrayed in the mission statement.

Question 5: Is there anything else you want to tell the faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of Richmont Graduate University?

Answer: I am honored and humbled to be the next President of Richmont Graduate University. Its transformational impact on the community and the lives of so many is clear and immeasurable. With God’s continued blessings, we will build on this legacy to further advance our mission of preparing students for lives of Christ-centered service.

“While we have the opportunity, let us do good to all men, but especially those in the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:10) 

Most importantly, I cannot wait to meet each and every single member of the Richmont Graduate University family.

Q&A with new President Dr. Timothy Quinnan – Part Two

Dr. Timothy Quinnan

On Tuesday, June 20, Richmont Graduate University’s Board of Trustees announced the selection of its next President, Dr. Timothy Quinnan. Dr. Quinnan brings to Richmont an extensive background of serving students and universities including roles as Vice President of Student Affairs at University of Texas at Arlington, Associate Vice President for Campus Life at San Diego State University, Vice President for Student Services at Stark State College, and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Florida State University.

Question 2: You spent the majority of your career working in public colleges and universities. What is it about a Christian university that appeals to you at this point in your career?

Answer: I engaged with extraordinary students and colleagues at these institutions, yet something deeper was always missing. How could my students begin to answer life’s most transcendent questions, including personal mission, without exploring the role of God in their lives and their relationship with Him? Unfortunately, such conversations are not often part of wider community discourse at public universities. It points to a glaring disconnect in “educating the whole person,” a claim universally made across the higher education landscape. Finding the right opportunity to serve at a Christian university had been a career goal for some time. When I had the chance to lead this University, whose Christian values are identical with my own and are proudly embedded in every aspect of University life, I found it irresistible. Very early into my conversations with the search committee, I knew that Richmont was the professional home I sought.

Question 3: What are some of your proudest moments in your career thus far?

Answer: My greatest reward is seeing how many of the students and staff I mentored over the years gravitated toward the service professions where now they, in turn, are working hard to make the world a better place. Like all educators, I can’t imagine anything more satisfying than seeing those you once taught become dynamic, principled leaders in their own right. Whether they pursued education, counseling, military service, law, medicine, journalism, or other fields, they are emerging leaders. As busy as they are with their own lives now—as spouses, parents, professionals—I am moved by how many continue to initiate contact. They share stories of adding children to their families, career challenges, moral dilemmas, or growth in the Spirit. They also inquire after my wife or daughter, whom they also know, and tell me they pray for us. After a distance of many years and miles, it is touching to see that I had a profound, enduring impact on their lives.   

Q&A with new President Dr. Timothy Quinnan

Dr. Timothy Quinnan

On Tuesday, June 20, Richmont Graduate University’s board of trustees announced the selection of its next president, Dr. Tim Quinnan. Dr. Quinnan brings to Richmont an extensive background of serving students and universities including roles as Vice President of Student Affairs at University of Texas at Arlington, Associate Vice President for Campus Life at San Diego State University, Vice President for Student Services at Stark State College, and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Florida State University.

Question One: Dr. Quinnan, welcome to Richmont Graduate University! We look forward to having you serve the Richmont community as its next President. Can you tell us what brought you to Richmont?

Answer: Without a doubt, I believe that God heard my prayers as well as those within the Richmont community and led us to one another. When I began my search, I was determined to move to a faith-based university where caring, compassion, service, and Christian ethics shaped the organizational culture. It did not take long to learn these qualities existed in abundance at Richmont Graduate University. At each stage of the journey, I discerned through continuous reflection, how a wonderful convergence was taking place between the aspirations of the University and my own. It was awe-inspiring to behold. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28)

Board of Trustees Appoints New President

BOARD OF TRUSTEES NAMES TIMOTHY QUINNAN PH.D. AS NEXT PRESIDENT OF RICHMONT

 

ATLANTA and CHATTANOOGA, June 21, 2017 — Richmont Graduate University, which boasts the oldest faith-integrated counseling program in the eastern United States, has selected the institution’s next President. After a six-month nationwide search, the Board of Trustees unanimously selected Timothy Quinnan, Ph.D. of the University of Texas, Arlington to take the helm of the Christian graduate university.

Board Chairman Talley Clower shared the news with students, faculty, and staff yesterday.

“With more than thirty years in higher education, Dr. Quinnan brings a breadth of experience we need to lead Richmont into future success,” said Clower. “Richmont has been in a season of tremendous growth in recent years—including the addition of new graduate programs and the establishment of the region’s first faith-based trauma center. Dr. Quinnan’s proven leadership makes him well suited to lead Richmont in this season of continued of growth and impact.”

Richmont Graduate University has campuses in Atlanta, Chattanooga, and online. The School of Counseling offers two master’s degrees and five graduate certificates while the School of Ministry offers two master’s degrees and one graduate certificate. Richmont is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The school also boasts the oldest integrated (faith-based and academically rigorous) counseling program in the Eastern United States.

Recent evidence of Richmont’s growth and impact includes:
• Record enrollment for the 2016-2017 academic year
• Expansion of trauma counseling work, including sending a team to partner with relief workers in Syrian refugee camps in Greece in 2016
• Opening a new, larger Atlanta-based campus in 2015
• Earning CACREP accreditation, the gold standard in counseling education
• 98% first-time pass rate on the National Counseling Exam
• 90% employment of graduates within six months of graduation

“Richmont Graduate University is positioned squarely at the intersection of academic excellence and sound theology,” said Quinnan. “I’m honored to be invited to be part of this dynamic, purposeful community. I look forward to partnering with the exceptional faculty and staff as we continue to grow the university’s positive impact on and through our students.”

Quinnan brings to Richmont an extensive background of serving students and universities including roles as Vice President of Student Affairs at University of Texas at Arlington, Associate Vice President for Campus Life at San Diego State University, Vice President for Student Services at Stark State College, and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Florida State University.

Former-President Bob Rodgers believes the Board has selected a worthy successor.

“Having had the privilege of serving as its President, I know that Richmont Graduate University is a remarkable community. Richmont’s programs produce students who are fully equipped to take on the challenges of today’s world with skill and compassion,” said Rodgers. “Dr. Quinnan can expect a warm welcome from Richmont’s dedicated faculty and staff, smart and creative students, remarkable alumni, and loyal donors and friends. I am excited that the university will be steered by his capable leadership.”

Quinnan will take up his new role at Richmont starting August 7, 2017.
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Richmont Graduate University is a SACSCOC- and CACREP-accredited graduate university that merges the best in academic and theological instruction. Through its School of Counseling and School of Ministry, Richmont offers master’s-level training that integrates instruction and experiential learning opportunities. Richmont’s ten counseling centers provide over 25,000 sessions annually throughout the community. With roots dating back to 1933, today’s Richmont offers students three convenient locations — Atlanta, Chattanooga and online. 

InterVaristy Press and Richmont Graduate University Partner to Continue Work of Conversations

For more than a decade Richmont Graduate University has published Conversations Journal, providing spiritually thoughtful and intellectually rich content to an audience seeking spiritual formation. As we release the final print edition of Conversations, Richmont is pleased to announce that we will be partnering with InterVarsity Press to continue providing content and connection for Conversations subscribers.

“InterVarsity Press has been involved from the conception of Conversations in providing article content, editorial direction, and support through advertising. The visions of Conversations, Richmont Graduate University, and our spiritual formation publishing in our Formatio line of books are strongly aligned,” said Cindy Bunch, IVP associate publisher, editorial. “We are eager to continue to support the good work of Conversations over the years and to expand the conversation about spiritual formation to a broader group of readers.”

The first free monthly e-newsletter containing content similar to that found in Conversations Journal will go out in January 2017. It will be distributed to Conversations subscribers and to IVP’s Formatio subscribers and will contain original articles as well as excerpts from IVP books. Richmont will continue to maintain the Conversations app and the website, conversationsjournal.com, where former subscribers can purchase back issues and visitors can receive one free issue download, find content, and sign up or unsubscribe for the newsletter.  To register to receive the newsletter, click the Formatio logo below:

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Gary Moon, founding editor of Conversations, said, “The Conversations Journal was born over fifteen years ago out of a number of greatly enjoyable and rawly honest conversations. The dominant theme was authentic transformation and why that condition seemed so difficult to live out. While I am sad that economic realities mean that normal life for this publication has come to an end, I am delighted that two of the journal’s most faithful partners, IVP and Richmont Graduate University, will be keeping the conversation going in the form of a monthly newsletter which will feature new content and reminders from the old.”

Although the social media pages for Conversations will no longer be active, readers can like Formatio on Facebook and follow @Formatio on Twitter for similar content.

Bob Rodgers, president of Richmont Graduate University, said, “We are pleased that Conversations will be able to continue with a newsletter and online presence with two core partners from the life of the journal: Richmont Graduate University and InterVarsity Press. I am thrilled that InterVarsity Press has the vision to continue to provide new content to subscribers that will be consistent with the themes and approach we’ve had all along. Past issues will continue to be archived online and available through the ongoing work of Richmont. We owe a great debt to editors Tara Mansbridge Owens and Joannah Sadler for their work over many years, and I am pleased that their good work will carry on in this new form.”

Bunch said, “I am grateful to Bob Rodgers for this opportunity to continue to serve Conversations subscribers. I will be personally involved in developing newsletter content. I hope that current subscribers will join us on social media by following Formatio on Facebook and Twitter. I look forward to engaging you there.”

Board of Trustees Appoints Interim President

Dr. Vanessa Snyder Appointed Interim President at Richmont

After extensive prayer and careful consideration, the Board of Trustees of Richmont Graduate University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Vanessa Snyder as Interim President of the University. As a Richmont alumnus, experienced counselor, and accomplished professor, Dr. Snyder brings a wealth of experience and passion to this important post.

 Dr. Snyder will begin transitioning to the position immediately and will officially take over the role January 3, 2017.  Our current president, Bob Rodgers, has committed to work together with Dr. Snyder over the next several weeks to ensure a smooth transition.

 The Board of Trustees will continue the search for the next president of Richmont with the goal of naming a new president by fall of 2017.  Interim positions will be announced soon for filling Dr. Snyder’s current role as Dean of Clinical Affairs, as she will return to this position once a new president is named.  During this time of transition, Bob and Vanessa will be available for any questions or concerns you may have.

 The Board is excited about the recent growth and impact of Richmont Graduate University. We are committed to ensuring the University remains a leader in the education and training of professional counselors and ministers and to maintaining the unique Richmont environment as a place of healing, restoration, and transformation.

For a full biography of Dr. Snyder, visit: http://www.richmont.edu/dr-vanessa-snyder/

Richmont Achieves CACREP Accreditation

We are proud to announce that Richmont Graduate University has received CACREP accreditation.  The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) has accredited the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. This accreditation is a significant milestone for our university and recognizes the commitment of our faculty, staff, and students to excellence in the field of counseling.

This accreditation is a result of the hard work of our dedicated and talented faculty and staff. The process of accreditation is lengthy and includes self-assessment, a comprehensive report, and peer evaluation. According to the CACREP website: “CACREP Accreditation provides recognition that the content and quality of the program has been evaluated and meets standards set by the profession. The student, as a consumer, can be assured that appropriate knowledge and skill areas are included and that the program is stable, professionally and financially” (www.cacrep.org). The CACREP accreditation is retroactive for eighteen months, meaning the classes of 2016 and 2015 are considered CACREP accredited.

Richmont has a long history of academic and clinical excellence, and this recognition is yet another accomplishment we can celebrate!

President Bob Rodgers Moves to New Post in Global Fight Against Human Trafficking

ATLANTA-CHATTANOOGA (July 14, 2016) – The Board of Trustees of Richmont Graduate University announced today its acceptance of President Bob Rodgers’ resignation to take on a new leadership challenge for a cause “close to the heart and mission of Richmont,” said Richmont Board Chairman Talley Clower of Chattanooga.

After first sharing his plans with the Board’s chairman, President Rodgers announced in the July 12 Board meeting his appointment as the new president and chief operating officer of Street Grace, a faith-driven organization working to end Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in Metro Atlanta and throughout the United States. As president of Richmont Graduate University, Rodgers has worked on the issue of human trafficking globally through University counseling and ministry initiatives and through his role as founding chairman of the Freedom Coalition, a human trafficking initiative in partnership with Atlanta-based City of Refuge.

Rodgers has served as the fourth president of Richmont Graduate University, the oldest graduate school in the eastern U.S. with a program that integrates professional counseling with Christian worldview. With campuses in Atlanta, Chattanooga and online, Richmont provides a Christ-centered education and fully accredited graduate programs in Counseling, Ministry and Spiritual Formation.

Since 2010, Rodgers has led Richmont into an era of institutional and financial growth including spearheading the opening of a debt-free $2.3 milllion Atlanta campus, championing the addition of a new accredited master’s degree program in Ministry, adding successful online programs, doubling the University’s endowment, and increasing assets by more than 30%. Richmont’s 2016 Fall enrollment is slated to be the largest in the University’s history, while its growing student body continues to achieve academic excellence with 2015 graduates turning in a 100% pass rate on the National Counselor Examination and consistently ranking in the top 15% of nationwide test scores. Employment stats for 2015 Richmont graduates show 90% employment within 6 months for graduates of the School of Counseling and 100% employment for School of Ministry graduates within six months.

With a reputation for “giving back” to the community, Richmont has, under Rodger’s leadership, launched two university-sponsored trauma centers, one in Atlanta and the other in Chattanooga, the only trauma center in the region. In 2015, Richmont’s 10 community counseling centers in Atlanta and Chattanooga conducted some 24,000 one-on-one counseling sessions and are expected to exceed 25,000 sessions in 2016. On an annual basis, Richmont counseling and ministry students serve more than 90 non-profit and mental health facilities in the Atlanta and Chattanooga area.

“Employment of mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists is projected to grow 19% by 2020, much faster than the forecasted 7% average growth for all occupations*,” Rodgers said. “Simultaneously, the number of people seeking mental health treatment, skilled clinicians, and strong faith communities are growing at an unprecedented pace. I believe Richmont stands in a class of its own to equip the next generation of clinical counselors and ministry leaders to meet our nation’s growing need. It has been immeasurably rewarding to serve this distinguished faculty and dedicated, nurturing community of staff and students.”

“Bob’s leadership has been invaluable to the success of Richmont Graduate University. It has served as an incredible stabilizing influence and catalyst for growth. His vision and wisdom have contributed to the quality and expansion of academic and counseling programs, new advanced degree programs, on-line degree availability, and dynamic synergy among students,” said Atlanta’s Jan Linder, immediate past president of Richmont’s Board of Trustees and head of the search committee for Rodgers’ successor.

Rodgers will continue to serve in his role as president until a new president or interim is named.

Richmont Graduate University is a Christ-centered education and research institution committed to equipping graduates who function at the highest levels of clinical counseling and professional ministry. The University offers fully accredited graduate degree programs from its School of Counseling and School of Ministry. With campuses in Atlanta, Chattanooga and online, Richmont is known for its distinguished faculty and unparalleled in-field training, including serving some 25,000 clients annually through ten community counseling centers near its campuses. Richmont’s is the oldest integrated counseling program in the eastern U.S. and its graduates consistently rank among the top 15% nationwide in licensing test scores. The University enjoys a rich heritage beginning in 1935, with roots in Atlanta’s former Psychological Studies Institute (PSI) and the former Chattanooga Bible Institute.

 

CONTACT:
Beth Bragg Henon  bbhenon@gmail.com 404.538.8590

Scottie Blackburn  sblackburn@richmont.edu 423.903.4808

 

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*Source: U.S. Dept of Labor Statistics