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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. 

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