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BJU Names Solomon As Its 2013 Distinguished Servant

Betty SolomonGreenville, S.C. (April 22, 2013) – The Bob Jones University Alumni Association recently recognized Betty Solomon with its Distinguished Servant Award. Solomon has been teaching English, journalism and communications at BJU since 1978.

Solomon received a BS degree in English Education from BJU in 1978.  She also earned a MEd in English from BJU in 1980 and a MA in Journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1993. 

Throughout her career at BJU, Solomon served as a faculty advisor to the Vintage staff, as a copy editor for BJU Press and was instrumental in the development of BJU’s award-winning campus newspaper, The Collegian. 

Solomon also has written articles for Today’s Christian Teen, BJU Review, Voice of the Alumni and served as a general assignment writer at The Greenville News. She continues to devote herself to mentoring journalism students during both their four-year academic career as well as their post-graduation careers in media around the country.

Solomon is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalism Education Association and was selected for membership in the national journalism honor society Kappa Tau Alpha.

Bob Jones University to Present Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Shawn MacDonald as Lady Macbeth

Shawn MacDonald as Lady Macbeth

Greenville, S.C. (April 19, 2013) – Bob Jones University (BJU) will present one of William Shakespeare’s best known tragedies, “Macbeth,” in Rodeheaver Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 2.  Directed by Ron Pyle, the production features Philip Eoute as Macbeth and Shawn MacDonald as Lady Macbeth.

“Macbeth” is the last of Shakespeare’s four great tragedies and one of his shortest, most concentrated plays.  A drama of vaulting ambition and overpowering conscience, it moves swiftly and inexorably from the mysterious opening appearance of the three witches on a foggy heath to Macbeth’s final desperate encounter with his nemesis, Macduff, on the battlefield.

Last performed at BJU in 2003, “Macbeth” will be performed for the eleventh time, dating back to its first performance in 1933.

The cast also features David Schwingle as Macduff, Christian Shockley as Malcolm, David Eoute, Jr. as Banquo, Paul Radford as Duncan, and Meagan Jones, Kaitlyn Chisholm and Katrina Case as the three witches.

Ticket prices are $30 for adults who wish to sit in the front sections and $25 for rear sections, and full time student tickets are $12 for all sections. The play is open to the public and tickets are available at or by calling (864) 770-1372.


BJU Appoints Still, Matthews to Key Leadership Posts

Greenville, S.C. (April 15, 2013) – Bob Jones University Executive Vice President for Operations Marshall Franklin announced Friday the appointment of Ken Still as Chief Financial Officer to replace John Matthews who will move full-time into his new role as Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations.

Ken Still, who most recently served as Vice President of Finance and Corporate Treasurer (CFO) for Aldersgate United Methodist Retirement Community in Charlotte, N.C., will assume responsibility for the primary day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial and risk management operations of Bob Jones University on May 27.

Still earned his MBA from the University of Florida and holds a BS in Accounting from BJU. He completed an advanced Kaiser-Permanente leadership program at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  He is also a certified public accountant and a member of Bible Baptist Church in Matthews, N.C.

“Ken is a forward-minded leader,” said Marshall Franklin. “He understands process improvement and is gifted in providing the financial perspective necessary to develop an informed strategy.  I am confident Ken will make a significant difference here at BJU now and in the future.”

Prior to his most recent position, Still served as Vice President of Finance & Corporate Controller, Interim CFO, Group Controller – Treasury, and Director of Accounting with SantaFe HealthCare, Inc. and as a senior auditor with Arthur Andersen & Company.

John Matthews, who has been concurrently serving as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President for Finance and Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations since December, will now devote his full focus to improving communication and increasing engagement with our alumni as Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations.

Matthews earned his MBA from Clemson University in 1996 and holds a BS in Professional Accounting from BJU. Mr. Matthews is a licensed certified public accountant and worked at Ernst & Young for 2 years before joining the BJU accounting faculty and later becoming the assistant chief financial officer.  Matthews is a deacon at Faith Baptist Church in Taylors.

“This is a mission critical role and it requires someone who can build relationships and trust across generations of BJU alumni”, said Franklin. “John is clearly one of the most effective relationship builders I’ve ever met.  This position allows him the ability to further alumni relations and bolster advancement.”

Kevin Delp Elected as Vice President of SCASFAA

Kevin Delp

Kevin Delp

Kevin Delp, Director of Financial Aid, was elected Vice President of the South Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SCASFAA) during their recent statewide convention.

The vice president oversees the Professional Development Committee of the organization and manages two statewide events – The New Aid Officers Workshop in the fall and the Leadership Symposium in the spring.  With the constant changes in the world of student financial aid, it is imperative to have the support structure available to all financial aid administrators in South Carolina.

In addition to being elected as Vice President, Kevin also received their exclusive “Emerging Leader Award”.

BJU Alumni Association Announces Sam Rohrer As Alumnus of the Year

GreenvilleSam Rohrer, S.C. (April 11, 2013) – Bob Jones University’s (BJU) Alumni Association recently named Sam Rohrer, who tirelessly served the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an elected official, as its 2013 Alumnus of the Year. 

Rohrer graduated from BJU in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in management.  After graduation, he moved to Pennsylvania where he became involved in business.  In 1992, he was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Since the beginning of his political career, Rohrer has demonstrated a commitment to government reform and transparency.  His leadership was recognized by his peers as he served on numerous committees – including the Appropriations Committee and the Education Committee and as Ranking Chairman of both the House Finance Committee and the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. Following his service in the House, Sam served as the Pennsylvania State Director for Americans for Prosperity.

In addition to his service in the House, Rohrer also unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination to serve as governor of Pennsylvania (2009) and as United States Senator (2011).

In June 2012, he was appointed as President of the Pennsylvania Pastors Network where he currently serves, uniting his areas of experience in public policy with his commitment to encourage pastors to boldly preach the truth from the pulpit.

Sam and his wife Ruth Ann live in Berks County; they have six children and five grandchildren.

Bright Future for BJU Bruins’ Cross Country

Landon and Katie BrightGreenville, S.C. (April 5, 2013) – Bob Jones University announced today the appointment of Landon and Katie Bright to lead the new intercollegiate cross country program at BJU.

Landon currently serves as head coach of cross country and track and field at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. As an athlete, Bright was an NAIA All-American at Point Loma Nazarene University. He competed in four national championships and was named Most Valuable Cross Country Athlete in 2008 and Most Valuable Track Athlete in 2009.

Katie also competed for four years in cross country and track and field and was a 4-year NAIA and Golden State Scholar Athlete from 2007-2010. Both are very active in their local church and seek to use sports to mentor student-athletes.

“Landon and Katie bring a high level of expertise in cross country”, Bruins’ Athletics Director Neal Ring said. “Landon presented a very proactive approach in building this program and included a strong spiritual component that fit exactly with what we stand for in our approach to athletics.”

Landon and Katie bring not only a knowledge and love for the game, but also a love to use sports to show Christ in their communities. “This is a great opportunity to be able to serve Christ and be a good example for Him as we run,” Landon said. “I view running as a very spiritual thing in using our bodies for God. I am thankful we can share in the ministry of BJU as we start this program.” Landon is finishing his Master of Education degree in Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation from Hardin-Simmons University.

BJU’s cross country program will begin competition this fall.  Bob Jones University is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) and cross country will provide new opportunities for our students in the 2013-2014 school year.

BJU Alumnus Named Greenville County Economic Development Ambassador

Peter Waldschmidt (center) was named as the 2013 Greenville County Economic Development Ambassador

Peter Waldschmidt (center) was named as the 2013 Greenville County Economic Development Ambassador

Greenville, S.C. (March 22, 2013) The Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC) recently named BJU graduate Peter Waldschmidt as the 2013 Greenville County Economic Development Ambassador.

GADC noted Waldschmidt’s leadership in the Greenville community for supporting the advancement of several programs including TEDxGreenville, NEXT Innovation Center and

Governor Nikki Haley recognized Waldschmidt, along with ambassadors from all 46 South Carolina counties, during Industry Appreciation Week ceremonies at the State House in Columbia.

The new Greenville Ambassador currently serves as the CEO of Gnoso Inc., a software product company he founded.  He also co-founded TetraData Corporation and served as its chief technology officer prior to the selling of the company in 2006.

Waldschmidt graduated from BJU with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Peter also studied for an MBA at Clemson University.

BJU Alumnus Wins Second Place in National Vocal Competition

Tim Renner

Tim Renner

Greenville, SC (March 19, 2013)– Timothy Renner, a 2012 Bob Jones University graduate, received second place in the young artist division of The ORPHEOUS National Music Competition for Young Artists.

The competition, sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Choral Society, was held on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn.  The competition features a student division (19-24) and a young artist division (25-30) and awards a total of $17,700 across both divisions.

Renner was awarded the $2,500 second place prize in the young artist division of the contest.  The Woodbridge, Va. resident received his BS in Music Education in 2010 and his MMus in Church Music in 2012 from Bob Jones University.  He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Voice Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

United States Army Cancels U.S. Army Field Band Spring Tour

Greenville, S.C. (March 11, 2013) – The United States Army today cancelled the entire spring tour of the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus, which included a stop in Greenville at Bob Jones University.  The U.S. Army Field Band had been scheduled to perform for the university student body and members of the Greenville community on Saturday, April 6.

Bob Jones University to Host U.S. Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus

bc_capitolstepsGreenville, S.C. (March 7, 2013) – Bob Jones University announced today it will host the internationally acclaimed United States Army Field Band of Washington, DC, at the Davis Field House on the BJU campus on Sat., Apr. 6 at 7 p.m. This free, ticketed event is open to the public.

As the premier touring musical representative of the United States Army, the Field Band travels thousands of miles each year throughout the nation and abroad, keeping the will of the American people behind the members of the armed forces and supporting diplomatic efforts around the world. Since its formation in 1946, the Field Band has appeared in all 50 states and in more than 30 countries on four continents.

Along with the Soldiers’ Chorus, founded in 1957, this 65-member Concert Band presents a powerful and diverse program of marches, overtures, popular music, patriotic selections, and instrumental and vocal solos. A music critic for the Boston Globe called a Field Band performance “a cause to stand up and cheer.”

Past performance highlights include World War II 50th anniversary commemorations in the United States and Europe, Presidential Inaugural Parades, the rededication of the Statue of Liberty, nationally televised broadcasts on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Joint concerts with many of the nation’s leading orchestras, including the Boston Pops, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Cincinnati Pops, have received rave reviews.

The Field Band’s members, selected by highly competitive audition, represent some of the finest musical talent in America. More than five decades as the military’s most traveled musicians have earned them the title, “The Musical Ambassadors of the Army.”

You may obtain free tickets online at

To obtain free tickets by mail, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request to:  U.S. Army Field Band Tickets, Programs & Productions, Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC 29614