The Rev. Clint Davis, chair of the Erskine Board of Trustees, has announced that Provost of the College Dr. Tom Hellams, pictured above, will be appointed to serve as interim president of the institution beginning July 1.
The trustees announced in February that Dr. Robert Gustafson had decided to conclude his service as president on June 30, the end of the fiscal year.
An alumnus of Erskine College, Hellams has served as provost since 2018. Before beginning his work at Erskine, he completed a five-year term on the Board of Trustees, during which he served as standing committee chair, presidential search committee chair, vice chair, and board chair.
Hellams previously served The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, as Chief of Staff, Office of the President, and later as Vice President for Denominational Relations.
He also served as a distinguished visiting professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, and as visiting professor at the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Church Growth at Southern Seminary in Louisville.
“In his various roles, Dr. Hellams has proven himself to be a good, faithful, and godly leader,” Davis said. “The trustees are convinced that he will provide great stability and vision for Erskine during this time of transition.”
The Board of Trustees formed a presidential search committee during its February meeting and the committee’s work continues.