Charleston Southern University names vice president of academic affairs

Charleston Southern University has named Donald “Skip” Martin Jr. vice president for academic affairs.

He previously served the university as interim vice president for academic affairs, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and chair of the department of religion.


“I’m looking forward to opportunities in this new role to continue integrating faith in the culture and curriculum of the university,” Martin said. “Instead of being responsible for a particular academic area, this new position crosses over all academic disciplines and impacts faith integration on a larger scale.”

Martin, a tenured professor of religion, is the founder and pastor of Iglesia Evang?lica Aposento Alto (Upper Room Evangelical Church) in Goose Creek. He has started other Spanish-speaking churches in the Lowcountry and is the founder and director of the AGAPE Bible Institute, a program for training Hispanic leaders for Christian ministry in the Lowcountry.

Prior to coming to CSU, Martin was a missionary with the International Mission Board in Guatemala and a pastor in Texas and South Carolina. He earned a Ph.D. in religion from Baylor University, an M.Div. from Southeastern Seminary, and a B.A. in religion and German from Carson-Newman College.