SMC Announces New Provost


SMC Announces New Provost

Spartanburg Methodist College President Scott Cochran announced on December 18 that Dr. Mark W. Gibbs will be the new provost of the college starting January 2, 2019. Dr. Gibbs will replace Dr. Anita K. Bowles, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, who is retiring after 16 years at SMC.

Dr. Gibbs has been a professor of religion and philosophy at SMC since 1999. During his time at SMC, he has served as the Dean of Instruction, Chair of the Humanities Division, Director of Academic Services, and Interim Vice-President for Academic Affairs. 

“Dr. Gibbs is a favorite professor among students and a valuable member of my leadership team,” said President Cochran. “He’s an active voice for the faculty and an irreplaceable asset to the college. I’m happy that he has agreed to expand his service to the SMC community.” 

As provost, Dr. Gibbs will serve as SMC’s senior academic officer with responsibility for supporting the faculty and staff in pursuit of distinction in teaching and learning, innovation in curriculum development, and fostering opportunities for professional development. 

Dr. Gibbs received his B.A. in Religion from Montreat College, his M.A. in New Testament Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Wales. He has also completed post-graduate work in philosophy at Iowa State University and Holy Apostles College and Seminary.


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