Provost Jeff Barker Converse SC

Dear Converse Community, Today, September 18, 2020, Dr. Jeff Barker announced his retirement as Provost, effective June 30, 2021. His letter to our faculty is included below. Although he will retire as Provost, he will continue with Converse in the upcoming years as a full-time professor. Jeff joined Converse in 2002 as Vice President for…
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Converse Tower

In collaboration with Converse College’s renowned Petrie School of Music and its Music Business and Technology program, Oregon-based startup Music Myway Inc. is releasing “Virtual Venue,” a plug-and-play hardware and software application that brings together the three most critical parts of a concert experience: artist, venue and fan. Converse will be the first educational institution…
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Marian Anderson Converse Bergmann

Meredith Bergmann, the artist who sculpted the Marian Anderson sculpture on Converse’s front campus, created the winning design for The Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony Woman Suffrage Movement Monument Design displayed New York’s Central Park.  The monument is in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and features…
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Dean Chandra Hopkins Converse

We are thrilled that Dr. Chandra Owenby Hopkins is the Converse recipient of the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) 2020 Excellence in Teaching award! SCICU annually recognizes one faculty member from each of their twenty member institutions across South Carolina. The nominees are liberal arts institution leaders, dedicated to students, not just as…
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Converse College welcomes six new members to its esteemed Board of Trustees: Sandra Hartnett ‘75, retired educator in Spartanburg, SC; Padrica Hopkins, M.D. ‘85, Medical Oncologist and Partner at Georgia Cancer Specialists in Stockbridge, GA; Lt. Colonel Karla Jones ‘85 (Ret.), Director of Customer Success at Dynamic Signal Technology in San Bruno, CA; Tina Rohner…
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Spring 2020 dean's list Converse

Converse congratulates the following undergraduate students on their academic achievement. Spring 2020 Dean's List Kendel D. Abrams (Nisbet Honors) of New Freedom, PA Azalea Natania Elena Acevedo (Nisbet Honors) of Monks Corner, SC Andrea Aguirre Bernal of San Diego, CA Adara Joy Aho of Campobello, SC Anna C. Albritton of Chesapeake, VA Amy Cathryn Allen...
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Dr. Bill Kimball

Dr. William (Bill) Kimball, professor emeritus of English, passed away on June 24, 2020, at the age of 97. For 23 years Dr. Kimball could be seen riding his bicycle to Converse’s campus; this was nothing out of the ordinary, as he took incredible care of himself and his physical health. Despite the daily 20-mile…
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Jeff Willis

The Converse community mourns the passing of Dr. Jeff Willis, beloved Director of Archives and Special Collections, Andrew Helmus Professor of History Emeritus. Dr. Willis served Converse for fifty-three years, first as a faculty member and then as the Director of Archives and Special Collections. He died from complications of COVID-19. “The quintessential gentleman scholar,…
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commencement-july-updates

A message from President Krista L. Newkirk: We are all looking forward to the Fourth of July this weekend, and celebrating with family and friends. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) released a statement yesterday recommending residents make safe, responsible plans for celebrating the Fourth of July holiday, which include festivities…
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Converse student athlete honor roll

Conference Carolinas released its Presidential Honor Roll presented by Southern Recognition LLC. Each semester, this Presidential Honor recognizes student-athletes who achieve a grade-point-average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale. For Spring 2020, Converse College was represented by a total of 156 student-athletes. The Women's Soccer Team led the way for the Valkyries' 13...
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