BJU Public Relations

The official PR blog for Bob Jones University

" March 2017 "

Elizabeth Brown Interns for Jackson Marketing Group

Elizabeth Brown

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 5, 2018) – Elizabeth Brown, a senior graphic design major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for Jackson Marketing Group in Greenville, South Carolina.

Brown, a resident of Anniston, Alabama, works with Jackson to provide marketing assistance for a variety of companies. Some of her responsibilities include designing emails, posters, flyers, and other promotional materials.

“This internship has given me firsthand experience of what it is like to design for a large marketing company” said Brown, “I have been pushed not only in how I design, but also in how to design from a marketing perspective.”

Lauren Foushee Interns with Upward Sports

Lauren Foushee

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 2, 2018) – Lauren Foushee, a senior graphic design major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for Upward Sports in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Foushee, a resident of Roswell, Georgia, designs various social media posts, informational flyers, posters and other forms of advertisement for Upward Sports.

“My internship with Upward is helping me gain real-world experience in the field of graphic design,” says Foushee. “My involvement in collaborating with other, more mature designers has shown me what it is like to work with an existing brand. This experience will give me invaluable knowledge to take with me into future jobs.”

BJU Launches School of Health Professions

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 31, 2018) — Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit today announced the launch of a School of Health Professions, beginning in the fall of 2018. The new school is a strategic step in BJU’s continual enhancement and expansion of its diverse academic offerings.

“The new school is an exciting move forward for the University,” says Pettit. “Here at BJU, we’re committed to providing high quality, in-demand programs that prepare students to make a difference in their communities. With this new school, we’re updating our academic mix to meet changing workforce demands.”

The School of Health Professions constitutes the seventh BJU academic school, joining the College of Arts and Science, School of Education, School of Religion, School of Business, School of Fine Arts and Communication and the BJU Seminary.

“We have exceptionally strong health-related academic programs and high caliber faculty already in place,” says Dr. Gary Weier, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, “which, coupled with demand, create a solid foundation on which to further grow our health-related programs.”

Market demand for health care professionals is strong, and key national and regional indicators project it will continue to be strong in coming decades.

BJU student demand is also high. In the last five years alone—with quality premed and nursing programs and the addition of new programs in health sciences and exercise and sport science—BJU enrollment in health-related programs has grown over 21 percent.

“Our faculty and programs are producing graduates with stellar track records,” says Weier. 80 to 100% of BJU premed graduates are accepted into medical school within one year of graduation, more than double the national average. They average 84 percent on the national Medical College Admission Test, with some scoring in the 98th to 100th percentiles. Nursing graduates typically outperform national pass rates on their capstone exam.

Initially, BJU will reposition programs currently in other schools into three divisions in the School of Health Professions: Exercise & Sport Science; Nursing; and Health Sciences which encompasses premed/predent, communication disorders, and concentrations in pre-physician assistant, pre-physical therapy, pre-nutrition, pre-pharmacy, public/global health and health care administration. The over 400 students currently enrolled in these programs will transition to the new school this fall.

In the next several years, BJU plans to add resident and online programs, particularly graduate programs.

BJU will co-locate programs in the new school to emphasize inter-professional collaboration and create a learning environment similar to the collaborative environment in today’s health care workplace.

BJU is aggressively recruiting a dean for the School of Health Professions. Qualifications are detailed on Until a dean is appointed, Dr. Jessica Minor of BJU’s Health Sciences faculty will serve as interim dean.

The University is developing facility plans for the School of Health Professions with a local architectural firm. These will be announced when finalized.

Catherine Templeton to Speak at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 31, 2018) – The Bob Jones University Public Policy Organization will host Catherine Templeton, candidate for Governor, for a forum Thursday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. in Levinson Hall.

Zach Heltsley, President of the BJU Public Policy Organization said, “We are pleased to host Catherine Templeton to give our students and the greater Greenville community an opportunity to hear from her.”

Catherine graduated from Wofford College with a degree in Political Economics and Philosophy.  Her first job was working in the inspection department of a textile mill in Jonesville, South Carolina.  After she worked her way up to training manager and then senior management over multiple factories, she continued her education and graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Recruited by business leaders to join former Governor Nikki Haley, Templeton served as Secretary of Labor, one of Haley’s first cabinet appointments, and then as the director of the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control.

She has spent most of her life in the private sector advising Fortune 500 companies nationally and working in manufacturing locally.

Following her presentation, Templeton will hold a question and answer session. The forum is free and open to the public.

BJU To Host Annual Allen Jacobs Memorial Prayer Breakfast

Officer Allen Jacobs

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 29, 2018) – Bob Jones University will host the second annual Allen Jacobs Memorial Prayer Breakfast Thursday, March 15, to honor the memory of Officer Allen Jacobs and recognize law enforcement professionals across Greenville County. The breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. in the Davis Room of the Dixon-McKenzie Dining Common on the BJU campus.

“We are grateful for the dedicated men and women who protect and serve our communities every day,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “BJU is honored for the opportunity to pay tribute to Greenville’s fallen officers and to show our appreciation for our local law enforcement.”

During the breakfast, the Allen Jacobs Award of Valor, Public Safety Employee of the Year, Award of Merit, and the Distinguished Achievement Award will be presented. Nominations for these awards may be submitted through Friday, Feb. 23.

The breakfast is being provided free of charge to law enforcement personnel. Business and community leaders across the Upstate are encouraged to attend and sponsor the event.

Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the Allen Jacobs Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was created at the request of the Jacobs family, to assist BJU students majoring in criminal justice. Since 2016, over $65,000 has been raised for the scholarship fund.

Mark Haxton Interns for Bob Jones University Public Relations

Mark Haxton

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 26, 2018) – Mark Haxton, a junior communication major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for BJU’s Public Relations Department in Greenville, South Carolina.

Haxton, a resident of Bristol, Connecticut, monitors daily media, writes press releases, and assists with PR events.

“This internship is providing me an invaluable avenue into PR, allowing me to invest past educational knowledge in these new experiences.” said Haxton. “I have gained an acute awareness for understanding media events and a greater comprehension of the processes needed to conduct informed institutional PR.”

Flags at Half-Staff at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 26, 2018) — Governor Henry McMaster has requested that flags be lowered to half-staff from sunup until sundown on Friday, January 26, 2018, in tribute to Specialist Javion S. Sullivan, United States Army, who lost his life in Anbar Province, Iraq, while dutifully serving in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Daniel Leedy Places Second in MTNA Collegiate Brass Competition

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 24, 2018) – Daniel Leedy, a sophomore music education major at Bob Jones University, recently received second place in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Southern Division Collegiate Brass Competition at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Leedy, a resident of Greenville, won the MTNA South Carolina state competition in November. As a result, Leedy advanced to the division round, where he competed against seven other winners from states in MTNA’s southern division. Each competitor performed a program demonstrating contrasting music styles and judges chose a winner, an alternate, and two honorable mentions.

“Daniel is a talented, hard-working young man,” said Dr. Paul Overly, brass professor in BJU’s Department of Instrumental Studies in the Division of Music. “To achieve an accomplishment like this as a sophomore is very significant. Daniel has a bright future.”

Jackson Hires Allyse Yorgey as Video Intern

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 23, 2018) – Jackson Marketing, Motorsports & Events, South Carolina’s second- largest integrated marketing communication and events agency, has selected Allyse Yorgey to participate in the company’s spring internship program in the video department.

A senior journalism and mass communication major at Bob Jones University, Yorgey will assist Jackson’s video team with a variety of tasks including shooting and post production. She presently serves as a director and talent for WBJU campus shows, and as a crew member and interviewer for university webcasts.

“Our internship program is a valuable experience for both our interns and our agency,” said David Jones, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “Not only do our internships give students the chance to gain work experience in their chosen field of study and to better assess their interests and abilities, it also offers us a fresh perspective and gives us the chance to evaluate working relationships for possible future hires.”

Yorgey is a resident of Salisbury, Maryland.

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Bob Jones University to Host Tim Tebow


GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 23, 2018) – Bob Jones University and the Bruins Foundation are hosting “An Evening with Tim Tebow”, presented by PlanFIRST, Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium on the BJU campus.

Tebow, a two-time national champion, first round NFL draft pick, Heisman Trophy winner and current professional baseball player with the New York Mets organization, will share how his testimony and faith have impacted his career in sports.

Additionally, BJU President Steve Pettit will speak briefly about the value of athletics at BJU and the impact our student-athletes are having on spreading the Gospel in Greenville and around the world.

“It’s a privilege to host Tim Tebow at BJU,” said Bruins Director of Athletics Neal Ring. “Throughout his life, Tebow has used the platform of sports to bring God glory—and that’s what our intercollegiate athletics program is all about at BJU.”

Tickets are available for $30 (reserved) and $20 (general admission). Student discounts are available. For more information and to register for the event, visit

The event is closed to the media.