Welcome to SMC

CPKeithIt delights me to know that you are interested in our unique and very special institution. As you browse these pages, you will learn that we are the only two-year, independent, residential college in South Carolina. As such, we offer students an opportunity to complete general education courses that are required in the first two years for most liberal arts majors.

We have intentionally  developed a campus environment that both nurtures and challenges students to reach their academic potential. Our dedicated faculty and staff offer academic and personal support to help students attain their goal of earning a college degree.

Small classes and learning assistance programs at SMC enable students to excel in their academic work, thereby paving the way for trouble-free transfer to senior institutions or immediate entry into the job market. Because we concentrate our efforts and resources on freshmen and sophomores, SMC students have opportunities to develop leadership skills without having to compete with juniors and seniors for leadership positions.

We have many campus organizations that are available to all students and a wide variety of enjoyable student activities that promote student learning outside the classroom. We believe that the college experience should help students grow academically, socially, personally, and spiritually, and we focus our resources, programs, and activities to ensure that this is achieved. Our campus ministry program offers students the opportunity to celebrate their faith through our campus worship services, activities, and service opportunities.

Numerous organizations provide opportunities for students to get involved and serve others. “Service to others” is not just a slogan at SMC. It is our way of life.

After reviewing the remaining pages of our web site, I am convinced that you will understand what Spartanburg Methodist College offers those who choose to study and grow at our institution. SMC students develop life-long learning skills that serve them well after they leave this place.

I encourage you to take the first step by applying for admission to Spartanburg Methodist College. You may do so online or by calling our Admissions Office. Our Admissions and Financial Aid counselors work to make it possible for students with financial need to enroll with us.

I hope you will join us for the best two years of your life at Spartanburg Methodist College!

Dr. Colleen Perry Keith

About Dr. Colleen Perry Keith

Dr. Colleen Perry Keith became President of SMC on July 1, 2009.

Prior to coming to SMC, she served as Executive Director of Development at Ohio University in Athens, OH.

Dr. Keith, a native of northern New York, has more than 25 years of experience in higher education, in capacities including student service roles, program development, teaching, fund raising, and administration.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from State University of New York in Binghamton, a Master of Education from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University.

While at Ohio University, Dr. Keith also taught courses in the Master of Business Administration and Master of Communication degree programs at Franklin University. She previously taught in the freshman program at both The Ohio State University and Rogers State College.

Her academic career includes a decade at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, where her responsibilities as Executive Vice President included oversight for business and finance, operations, buildings and grounds, personnel and benefits offices, budget creation and management. As Vice President for Development at MTSO, she led the staff in planning and implementing a $30 million campaign that surpassed its goal.

Dr. Keith began her career in higher education working as an advising specialist at Rogers State College, formerly a two-year public college, in Oklahoma. She continued in a similar role at The Ohio State University regional campus in Marion, OH, serving as a program manager and academic advisor.

Her husband Barry is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 25 years experience and coaches varsity high school baseball. Dr. Keith has a son who graduated from Miami University of Ohio and works in the marketing and web development industry.