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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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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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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Diversity, Community and Inclusion at Converse

Last week, President Newkirk called on the Converse family to step up efforts to address racial injustice in the Converse community. She shared some of the initiatives that have been put into place and the next steps to make Converse a campus that truly Acts Justly. Over the past week, a number of positive steps...
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“See clearly, decide wisely, ACT JUSTLY.” The most recent events of racism and injustice have been very hard to witness, but they are harder for our black students who have witnessed or experienced similar events first hand. With the memorial service of George Floyd yesterday, I once again thought of the seeming indifference of the…
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Converse co-ed Fall 2020

In order to provide the safest environment possible for its community and to minimize the risk of health hazards that can result from travel, Converse College is adjusting the fall 2020 academic calendar. The changes were made with the goal of ensuring Converse students receive the full academic and student experience with as little disruption...
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