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Interim provost appointed by president

Erskine President Dr. Steve Adamson has announced the appointment of Dr. Edward A. Clavell as interim provost at Erskine College.

He will arrive on campus Monday, Oct. 16.

Clavell most recently served at Arizona Christian University (ACU) as dean of academic affairs, interim head of the School of Business Administration, and director of assessment. He retired from ACU in March 2023.

His service at ACU, which began in 2008, also included roles as adjunct instructor in the Bible and business administration departments and as associate professor in the business administration department.

A graduate of Baruch College in New York City, Clavell was awarded a Master of Divinity degree in Leadership as well as a Doctor of Ministry degree in Biblical Studies and Leadership at Phoenix Seminary.

He began his career as a metal craftsman and entrepreneur in New York City. When he moved to Arizona, he continued his business ventures as owner-operator of Jessco Industries and production manager of Heritage Metalworks. He moved into ministry and academics, serving as a children’s pastor, church plant pastor, and executive pastor. Before beginning work at ACU, he was dean of students and director of Escuela de Esperanza at Phoenix Seminary. In 2011, he founded Pilgrimage Consulting, helping pastors and organizational leaders to “develop strategies and systems needed to reach the vision” God has given them.

“Dr. Clavell brings exceptional experience in accreditation and education administration, as well as a background in seminary and ministry, a necessity to the challenging role as Provost of Erskine College,” Adamson says.

Clavell has been married to his wife Sandra for more than 40 years. They are the parents of two adult children.

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