Adjunct Instructor of Nursing
MSN, specialization in Nursing Education, South University, 2017
BSN, Newberry College, 2014
Jennifer Bickley obtained her BSN from Newberry College in 2014 and her MSN from South University in 2017. She earned her graduate degree from South University with a specialization in nursing education. Though not currently enrolled, she would like to continue her knowledge in nursing education in an accredited doctoral program within the next 2 years. Before becoming a full-time faculty member at Newberry College in the spring of 2019, Jennifer served as an adjunct instructor for the Fundamentals course at Newberry College in the fall of 2018. Jennifer also taught clinicals for Fundamentals and Medical-Surgical courses at Newberry College and the University of South Carolina from the years 2016-2018. Jennifer has worked as a Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse at Lexington Medical Center since 2014 and has served as a unit preceptor while employed in this role. She holds Medical-Surgical certification through the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board and Basic Life Support Certification through the American Heart Association. Jennifer’s professional goal is to serve as a nurse educator who positively influences the nursing profession by holistically stimulating nursing students and nursing education.
Chair, Department of Nursing
Dr. Susan Ludwick, DNP, MSN, RN (Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Nursing) is originally from Kansas City, MO and grew up in Overland Park, KS. She obtained her BSN from Wichita State University in Wichita, KS; she obtained her MSN from The University of Wyoming and she received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (emphasizing Leadership & Public Health Nursing) from The University of Kansas in May 2017.
Dr. Ludwick has been a Registered Nurse since 1992 and has been a Nursing Educator since 1996. Her clinical background includes working in Medical Surgical areas, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, and Community Health. She feels that nursing education is where her heart is and has been a nursing educator in several areas including Maternal Child Health, Community Health, Fundamentals, Leadership, Nursing History, and Pharmacology.
Dr. Ludwick’s research interests emphasize vulnerable populations especially women and children living with homelessness, postpartum depression, and the emotional needs of nursing students. She has participated in podium presentations at regional and national nursing conferences. She is a member of Nurse’s Christian Fellowship, Sigma Theta Tau International, and serves as the Sub-editor of Nurse’s Christian Fellowship International on-line journal. She and her husband have three children.
Coordinator of the Visit Experience and Outreach
M.S., Sport and Entertainment Management, University of South Carolina, 2008
B.B.A., Campbell University, 2007
Assistant Professor of Nursing
MSN -- South University (2016)
BSN -- Newberry College (2011)
Jenny Lindler's professional goal has always been to become a nurse educator who empowers students to become the best nurse they can be, contribute to nursing research and help in shaping the future of nursing.
Lindler received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Newberry College and her Master of Science in Nursing from South University.She served as a clinical instructor and adjunct faculty for Newberry College since 2016, joining the College's full-time faculty in 2017. She also previously worked as a nurse educator at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, SC.
Lindler is a practicing Registered Nurse since 2011 with experience in several areas, including Cardiac Telemetry, Medical-Surgical, Oncology, Geriatrics, and Family Practice. She is nationally certified as a medical-surgical nurse. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
Dean of Enrollment Management
Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Concordia University Portland (In Process)
M.A. in Education, Heidelberg Univesity
B.S. in Communication, West Liberty University
Christopher M. Harris joined Newberry College as Dean of Enrollment Management effective Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. He provides leadership and strategic planning for the recruitment and enrollment of both traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate degree-completion programs and financial aid. As a member of the College’s senior leadership team, Harris advises the president and others on recruitment strategies and tactics for current enrollment and future growth.
Harris came to Newberry from Ohio-based University of Findlay, where he served as Director of Admission (2014-2018) and helped that university achieve record-breaking enrollment and supported year-to-year retention gains. Previously, he served as Dean of Admission and Financial Aid (2010-2014) at Lake Erie College, where he provided strategic direction for the institution’s new student recruitment efforts, including undergraduate, graduate, transfer, dual enrollment and international student constituencies.
Prior to that, he served as Director of Financial Aid (2009-2010) at Hondros College of Nursing, where he developed and monitored financial aid processes across multiple departments. He served as Dean of Enrollment and Student Services (2003-2009) at MedCentral College of Nursing, where he led significant enrollment growth and increased student retention by 20 percent in four years. At Paul Smith’s College, where he served as Director of Admissions (2001-2003), he partnered with academic deans and program chairs to identify, develop and market new degree programs.
Harris completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from West Liberty University. He earned his Master of Arts in Education degree from Heidelberg University and is completing his doctorate in Higher Education Leadership at Concordia University-Portland. He has a long-held tradition of volunteer and community service, most recently as a volunteer with the Miracle League of Hancock County Buddy for Baseball program, The Make It Fit Foundation and the Heart of Ohio Girls Softball Association.
Adjunct Faculty of Teacher Education
Adjunct Faculty of Teacher Education
Adjunct Faculty of Humanities
Video Coordinator -Football
Assistant Professor of Business
Ph.D., University of Texas at Tyler
M.B.A., Mississippi State University
B.B.A., University of Louisiana at Monroe
Vocational Certification: Culinary Arts, Bossier Parish Community College
Dr. Fowler received his Ph.D. in Human Resource Development: Organizational Development and Change from the University of Texas at Tyler, M.B.A. in Management from Mississippi State University, B.B.A. in Management from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and vocational certification in Culinary Arts from Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana. His doctoral research and dissertation focused on transitional and transformational leadership within organizational change.
He is a scholar-practitioner who worked in diverse fields for over two decades. During his public employment tenure, he managed teams ranging in size from four to over one hundred members in the information technology, customer service, and hospitality industries. His I.T. career focused on organizational business transitions and deployments, in a change management context, for a global Fortune 500 company. Dr. Fowler also served as an executive chef, working across the southern United States in hotels, casinos, and country clubs.
Prior to arriving at Newberry College in 2018, Dr. Fowler taught organizational change to business professionals in a global corporate environment. He also served as adjunct faculty, teaching management and information systems in a culinary, hotel, and restaurant management program at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division. Additionally, he consulted with religious establishments experiencing organizational transitions, and collaborated with numerous human resource development scholars, focusing on leadership research.
Dr. Fowler is a passionate fan of college athletics, an accomplished vocalist, and adores cooking for others. He and his wife Victoria are “empty-nesters”, and relish in traveling the backroads of the United States in search of out of the way accommodations and culinary delights. They also enjoy serving in their local church as members of the choir and praise team.
Adjunct Faculty of Music
adjunct faculty of music
Alumni Board of Managers Representative
B.A., Music Education -- Newberry College (1982)
Joyce Roof Carter graduated from Newberry College in 1982 with a B.A. in Music Education, and earned an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina in 1996.
Joyce's educational career began in 1982 as a general music teacher at Newberry Junior High School. She was then employed by Lexington County School District One where she worked for the next 27 years. She taught seventh and eighth grade chorus at Lexington Middle School where she was named School and District Teacher of the Year. In 1988, she was appointed assistant principal for Administration and Instruction at Red Bank Elementary School and was promoted to principal of that school in 1994. In 1999, she was asked to become principal to organize and open the new Lake Murray Elementary School that began serving students in the 1999-2000 academic year.
In 2002, Joyce was appointed as director of Elementary Education at the district level and was was promoted in 2007 to district assistant superintendent for Instruction, a position she held until her retirement in 2010. She was recognized as the South Carolina Association of Educational Office Professionals in 2005.
Since her retirement, Joyce has worked as an educational consultant and owns a small business providing interior design services and creating home accessories. She teaches piano and is a caretaker for several family members. Joyce has served in numerous church, civic and professional roles throughout the years and currently serves on the Lexington County First Steps Board and is president for the Newberry College Alumni Association. Joyce is married to banker Jeffrey Mark Carter and they have homes in Cayce and Blair, SC.
Ph.D. - Clemson University
M.Ed.- University of Central Florida-Orlando
B.A., Guidance and Counseling - Newberry College
Dr. Lenna C. Young is a retired higher education leader and educator. She most recently served as Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Greenville Technical College, retiring from that position in December 2017. As a seasoned leader in educational settings, Dr. Young has long championed quality education through teaching excellence. She arrived at Greenville Technical College in August 2009 where she first served as Dean of Business and Public Service, focusing on supporting faculty to offer innovative teaching practices and service to students and leading academics to offer world-class status career and technical education.
Prior to her career in higher education, Dr. Young followed her military spouse for nearly 25 years across the U.S. and Europe. During that time, she began her federal civilian service career leading military children and youth programming for moer than 10 years as a program director or curriculum and training specialist. Her federal civilian service also included four years as a budget analyst for U. S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) research and development and procurement accounts. While serving at SOCOM, Dr. Young was nominated as one of a limited number of civilians to complete the Air Force’s Squadron Officer Leadership School. During her service in federal civilian service, Dr. Young was selected as a recipient of the Army Special Act Award and the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Medal.
Upon returning to South Carolina, Dr. Young began teaching in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Program at Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, SC, as an adjunct faculty member. At the same time, she began her doctoral studies at Clemson University where she also taught as a graduate teaching assistant and worked as a graduate research assistant. Dr. Young later accepted the position as ECD Program Coordinator at Tri-County Technical College and began the program’s self-study for the National Association for the Education of Young Children Associate Degree Accreditation resulting in the program being one of the first 30 in the nation to receive accreditation. Dr. Young was later appointed as the Department Head for Public Services.
Dr. Young’s community involvement prior to her return to South Carolina included service on the Board of Directors for the Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Non-Violence and the Board of Directors of the Biloxi (Mississippi) Chamber of Commerce where she assisted in initiating military welcome dinners and orientations to integrate military members into the community. While living in Greenville, Dr. Young’s service included: Academic Members Council, University Center of Greenville; Furman University Undergraduate Evening Studies Advisory Council; Greenville Hospital System MedEx Academy Advisory Board; and Greenville Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.
A native South Carolinian, Dr. Young earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology / Guidance and Counseling from Newberry College, Newberry, South Carolina, and a Master of Education from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida. She completed her doctoral studies at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, with research focused on the selection and effects of professional development on teaching quality. Dr. Young and her husband, Colonel (Retired) Lance S. Young, reside in Gilbert, SC.
Jeanette McKenney Davis is a 1988 graduate of Newberry College. As a student at Newberry, she served as vice president of the Delta Mu chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority, treasurer of the Panhellenic Council, was a football cheerleader, a member of Cardinal Key, a member of the Student Admissions Committee and was the 1987 homecoming queen.
After graduation, Jeanette worked in her family’s business in Columbia as a bookkeeper until 2000, when she and her husband, Mike '87, opened their event rental business in Hilton Head, S.C. They owned and operated that business, adding a second location in Savannah, Ga., until 2007, when they they sold the business. They currently own and operate Village Self Storage, located in Bluffton, S.C.
Jeanette has served as a member of the Chapter Advisory Board for the Delta Mu chapter of Kappa Delta. She is a past president of the Lake Murray – Irmo Woman’s Club and served as a District President for the South Carolina General Federation of Woman’s Clubs. She was the fundraising chairman for the Hilton Head Elementary School’s PTA and has volunteered with Operation 200% reading program at the school. Jeanette founded the Low Country, SC Kappa Delta Alumnae Chapter in 2009 and currently serves on the Kappa Delta Sorority’s National Leadership Team as an Alumnae Chapter Specialist for North Carolina and South Carolina. She has served on several committees for the American Rental Association.
Jeanette received the Newberry College Alumni Association’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 1995.
Jeanette and Mike are members of Hilton Head Island Community Church, where she is a member of the Guest Services team, the One Community committee, and is the Backpack Buddies coordinator. They have two grown children, Joey and Lauren, who live in Atlanta.
ELCA South Carolina Synod Representative
B.S., Architecture -- Clemson University
B.S., Building, Construction and Management - Clemson University
Joel M. Carter graduated from Brookland-Cayce High School in Cayce, S.C., in 1978. He continued his education at Clemson University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Architecture in 1982; a Bachelor of Science degree in Building, Construction and Management in 1983; and an Overseas Study in Genoa, Italy through the College of Architecture in 1983.
Carter’s 23 years of architectural experience includes expertise in design, construction documents and job observation on all types of corporate, educational and church building facilities; as well as managing a staff of 16 architects, CAD technicians, designers and administrative personnel. Carter has been a Registered Architect in the state of South Carolina since 1990, and a principal of Jumper Carter Sease Architects, formerly Drafts & Jumper Architects, since 1991. His professional organizations include: American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education, AIA SC Board of Directors, 2002 - 2005; and AIA/AGC Joint Cooperative Committee, 1998 – present; former chairman 1999 – 2003.
In the community, he has been involved with the Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club, 1985 – present; Lexington Chamber of Commerce; Saint Stephen Lutheran Church - Church Council Member, 1997 – 2000; Speakers’ Bureau for 2004 Bond Referendum – Lexington School District One; Task Force for Facilities Nomenclature, 2003 - Lexington School District One; and Lexington County Board of Adjusters, 2005 - present.
Carter enjoys sailing, fishing, hunting and traveling. He is a dedicated Newberry College and Clemson football fan. He is married to Dee H. Carter, MD, formerly of Rock Hill, S.C. They have one son, Tyler, who is a graduate of Newberry College.
Assistant Coach, Women's Field Hockey
Head Volleyball Coach
Kessler has spent the last four seasons in the Division I ranks as an assistant coach. In 2017 he helped Arkansas State to a 21-win season as Offensive Coordinator, overseeing setter and attacker training and development. A former setter, Kessler also worked extensively with the Red Wolves' setters in the areas of footwork and peripheral vision.
He spent the 2016 season at Troy coordinating the Trojans' defense while also training the setters, helping six players surpass 120 digs and two players attain 95 blocks. He held the same role at Georgia Southern the previous year, where Eagles' libero Alex Beecher ranked 10th nationally and led the Sun Belt Conference in digs per set while setting a school record for total digs.
Director of Housing
M.S., Western Illinois University, 2011
B.A., Iowa State University, 2008
Amanda Halfacre previously worked at DePauw University working in Residence Life, Greek Life and Student Conduct.
In her role as the Director of Housing and Residence Life at Newberry College, Amanda provides oversight and support for all students living on campus.
Director of Career Services
M.S.E., The University of Akron, 2014
B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2012
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
B.A., Communications, College of Charleston, 2004
Bernie Coaxum is in his first season as an assistant coach for Newberry College.
Coaxum comes to Newberry after one season as an assistant at Pfeiffer. During the 2016-17 season, Coaxum played an important role in helping the Falcons compile a 26-5 overall record and win the Conference Carolinas regular season championship. In addition, the Falcons were ranked nationally in the NCAA Division II polls and received a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Coaxum's main role as the defensive coordinator helped the Falcons set a school record in steals at (391) which ranked 2nd nationally in NCAA Division II. The Falcons were also ranked No. 1 in the country in forced turnovers at (725) with an average of 23.3 per game.
Prior to Pfeiffer University, Coaxum had three years of experience as a head coach at the high school level. He spent two years at Coastal Christian Prep in Mount Pleasant, S.C. and one at Palmetto Scholars Academy in North Charleston, S.C. His 2012 team at Coastal Christian reached the South Carolina Independent Schools Athletics (SCISA) Class A state championship game and posted a 28-4 record. Coaxum was named SCISA Region IV Coach of the Year.
A native of Mount Pleasant, S.C., he played collegiately for one season at Anderson University for coach Doug Novak before transferring to Division I College of Charleston.
During his time at College of Charleston, Coaxum was on a team that defeated the University of North Carolina and won the 2002 Great Alaska Shootout with victories over Wyoming, Oklahoma State and Villanova. He was a member of the 2002-03 Cougars that finished with a 25-7 record and spent several weeks in the AP Top 25.
He is a graduate from the College of Charleston with a degree in communications.
Public Services Librarian
M.S., Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994.
B.S., Secondary English Education, Auburn University, 1989.
Angie Rachels grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and joined Newberry College on September 5, 2017.
She came to Newberry College from the Newberry County Library, where she served as the Technical Services Director and Cataloger. Previous to moving to Newberry in 2014, Ms. Rachels worked in Lexington, Virginia, as a public librarian and cataloger. A lifetime ago, she was a school librarian and middle school English teacher in Illinois.
Ms. Rachels’ interests lie in vernacular photography, films, books, art, Portland Timbers soccer, dance, cooking, type 1 diabetes in young adults, snow, and travel. This fall, she is dabbling in volleyball spectatorship. Having raised two sons, she remains intrigued by the mysteries presented by work-life balance. Few of these topics seem to appear in the weekly pub trivia that she enjoys, but she persists.
Assistant Professor of Nursing
DNP, Educational Leadership – American Sentinel University, 2017
MSN, Nursing Education – Indiana Wesleyan University, 2008
BSN – Medical University of South Carolina, 2005
ADN – Midlands Technical College, 2002
Melissa Taylor holds graduate nursing degrees with education specializations. Her master’s work focused on the perceived barriers present in RN to BSN education. Her doctoral work examined the impact of computerized adaptive quizzing on standardized nursing assessments.
Prior to joining the faculty at Newberry College in 2017, Taylor taught clinical courses for Newberry College as well as for other local nursing schools. She has been an online adjunct faculty member both at University of Phoenix and South University prior to coming to Newberry full time. She has worked as a Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse at Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, SC since 2003. She holds Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She was awarded the 2011 Adjunct Nursing Faculty of the Year award at Midlands Technical College and in 2006 was awarded both the Lexington Gold and Palmetto Gold awards. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, South Carolina Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau. Her professional goal continues to be serving as an educator who positively impacts the lives of her students in the classroom and beyond, as well as a nurse who ministers to patients and families while caring for their healthcare needs.
RN-to-BSN Advisor and Adjunct Instructor of Nursing
Susie Pippin obtained her MSN from University of Phoenix, her BSN from University of South Carolina and an ADN from Midlands Technical College. She worked at Lexington Medical Center for 41 years. She has worked at Newberry College as an Adjunct faculty member for 9 years. Her area is pediatrics and she has been a certified pediatric nurse for the past 20 years. Ms. Pippin also serves as the RN-BSN nursing advisor. Her hobbies include teaching pre-school age children at church and serving underserved populations. She also enjoys watching football, crocheting, cross stitching and needlepoint.
Adjunct Professor of Mathematics
Ed.D candidate, Educational Leadership, American College of Education
M.T., Secondary Education with a concentration in Mathematics, University of South Carolina, 2014
B.S., Mathematics, University of South Carolina, 2013
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D.,Counselor Education and Supervision, University of South Carolina, 2012
Ed.S., Marriage and Family Counseling, University of South Carolina, 2005
B.A., Psychology and Bible, Columbia International University, 2003
Certifications: Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor
Dr. Caudill's current research involves exploring relational quality, college students and depression, and spirituality and psychological health. Before joining the Newberry College Faculty, Dr. Caudill taught psychology for eight years in higher education. She continues to maintain a part time counseling private practice in the community. She has presented at regional and national conferences, as well as given workshops in the community about psychology and wellness.
Associate Counselor, Palmetto Counseling Associates (Jan. 2004 – Present)
Associate Professor of Psychology, Columbia International University, (2007 - 2016)
Family Counselor, Palmetto Health Recovery & Addictions Center (July 2006 – Sept. 2007)
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Ph.D.,Political Science with graduate specializations in Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2014
M.A., Political Science with graduate specializations in Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2009
Chair, Department of Respiratory Therapy
Ed.D. -- Argosy University
M.Ed. -- American Intercontinental University
B.A. -- University of South Carolina
A.S. -- Piedmont Technical College
Dr. Jerry Alewine, a highly qualified and well-respected educator and industry professional who joined Newberry College in July 2017 to lead the newly created Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy degree-completion program for which he also developed the curriculum. Alewine came to Newberry College from Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, S.C., where he served as dean of the Division of Health Science (2008-2017) and previously served as Piedmont’s director of Clinical Education for Respiratory Care (2001-2008). His experience also includes more than two decades working as a Respiratory Therapist. He worked at Self Regional HealthCare (1998-2001), where he was adult care supervisor, and at Providence Heart Center (1995-1998), where he was department supervisor. Alewine served as president of the South Carolina Technical Education Association (2015) and was the 2006 recipient of the Piedmont Technical College Presidential Medallion. He is active in the healthcare industry having served as president of the South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care in 2013. He was recognized for his efforts with the DHEC Maternal and Neonatal Champion Award (2004) and was named the South Carolina Practitioner of the Year by the South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care in 2006.
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
M.S.Ed., Old Dominion University, 2009
B.S., University of South Carolina-Columbia, 2006
Adia Daniels began her career in Higher Education as Director of Student Activities at North Carolina Wesleyan College (2009-2014) where she provided oversight and assessment of all Student Activities programming. She facilitated the chartering of several international fraternities and sororities and led a renovation project for the Student Center. Daniels also served as an instructor for the college’s freshman seminar and was an academic advisor for first-year students.
Daniels served as Senior Coordinator for Student Victim Assistance for Georgia State University (2015-2016) where she helped provide comprehensive assistance and support for students experiencing victimization.
Before joining Newberry, Daniels served as Director of Greek Student Engagement and Development at Western Carolina University (2016-2017). She was responsible for developing, implementing and assessing all Greek Life programming and served as member of the leadership team of the AVP/Dean of Students.
In her role as Assistant Dean of Students, Daniels has oversight of the College’s Greek community, student clubs and organizations, campus recreation program, and she manages non-academic violations of the Student Code of Conduct.
Daniels is a member of the Southern Association of College Student Affairs and has been a conference presenter for that organization and others. She is a current member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Director of First Year Experience
Ed.D. with a concentration in Higher and Post-Secondary Education, Argosy University, 2016
M.A. in Counseling with a Mental Health concentration, Webster University, 2005
B.A. in Sociology,University of South Carolina-Spartanburg, 2002
Accompanist for voice and choirs
Mrs. Elisabeth Ramirez serves as the accompanist for the voice studio of Newberry College’s Department of Music, and for NC Singers and Madrigals. As a collaborative pianist, she won numerous prizes in Youth Competitions at the state and national level in Germany, her native country. Mrs. Ramirez studied at University of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim with Prof. Ulrich Eisenlohr, emphasizing vocal and instrumental piano accompaniment. She has performed in many recitals and concerts with singers, instrumentalists, and ensembles in a broad repertoire in art songs, oratorio, and opera, as well as diverse chamber music from the Baroque Period to contemporary. She also worked as accompanist for several choir formations in Germany, including continuo playing. In addition to her piano skills, Mrs. Ramirez is also an accomplished violinist. In Germany, she was a violinist with the Symphony Orchestra of Kaiserslautern for over 25 years, and participated in several chamber orchestras and smaller ensembles, also. Since moving to Newberry in 2015, she has been a member of the Newberry Chamber Orchestra, teaches private lessons in piano and violin, and is organist at AR Presbyterian Church.
The Rev. Mark Wilhelm is the associate executive director for educational partnerships with ELCA Vocation and Education.
B.A.,Mathematics, Newberry College