CSU sets enrollment record on 50th anniversary

Charleston Southern University has opened the 2014-2015 academic year with a record high enrollment and the kickoff of the university’s 50th anniversary. The 3,417 students (3,013 undergraduates and 404 graduates) represent the university’s largest enrollment in its history and a 3.9 percent increase over last year. President Jairy Hunter said, “Our vision of integrating faith […]

Record freshman class moves in at Anderson

By far, the largest freshman class in Anderson University history moved into the residence halls on campus Saturday morning August 16. 657 freshmen, an increase of 150 or 30% over last year’s class and 125 more than the previous record class in 2012 will officially become AU Trojans. Remarkably, the freshman class of 2014 is […]

Davis a ‘godsend’ for children’s home, says successor

Randy Harling, who took the helm as president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home on Sept. 2, says his predecessor, Ben Davis, has been a “godsend” to the ministry, especially in guiding the institution through the Great Recession that peaked in 2008. “Those were dark days for most non-profits, but Ben led Connie Maxwell through that period,” […]

For Ben and Polly Davis, Connie Maxwell is ‘place of hope’

Driving a visitor along the shady streets and country lanes of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home in Greenwood, Ben Davis clearly loves the “teaching farm” tucked away on a few acres in the southwest corner of the campus — not only for its tranquility, but also for the therapeutic role the farm plays in healing hurting […]

Easler appoints committee to seek new state executive

Ten members of the Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention have been appointed by chairman Dwight Easler to comprise a search committee to find a new executive to lead the state convention. Jim Austin, who has served as SCBC executive director-treasurer since 2007, will retire Oct. 7. In sharing his recommendations in an […]

Joy Rust, wife of former SCBC exec, passes away

Joy Lucille Rust, wife of former South Carolina Baptist Convention executive director-treasurer Ray Rust, died Aug. 9 in Richardson, Texas. She was born June 20, 1926, in New Orleans, La. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 13 at First Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. Survivors, in addition to her husband, […]

Anderson University a treasure house of learning in our own backyard

Writer: Alexander Campbell, Special to the Anderson Independent-Mail This is a tale of two universities. Both were founded as distinctly evangelical Christian institutions, one in 1636 the other in 1911. The motto of one was “Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae,” or “Truth for Christ and the Church.” The motto of the other is “Humanitatem per crucem […]

From Deep Darkness to Great Forgiveness

He gives people cowbells and tells them about Jesus. His name is Rob Young, and his story is a compelling drama of God’s faithfulness and forgiveness. Young was a custom homebuilder in his early 30s — successful, connected, and financially strong. “I lived what most people would consider an ideal life: a beautiful wife, a […]

Charleston Southern dedicates Hunter Reception Center

June 11 was set aside to recognize Jairy C. Hunter Jr., president of Charleston Southern University, and his wife, Carolyn K. “Sissy” Hunter, for their 30 years of service to the Baptist-affiliated school. The day also included the dedication of the Jairy C. & Carolyn K. Hunter Center. To commemorate the occasion, Sen. Tim Scott’s […]

Anderson University launches divinity school

Anderson University has renamed its ministry graduate school the Clamp Divinity School. The name change coincides with the launch of a master of divinity degree at the South Carolina Baptist-affiliated school. The master of divinity is the standard theological degree offered by most seminaries and divinity schools. Anderson will begin offering the M.Div. degree this […]