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Vance Named Dean of College of Adult and Professional Studies

by: University Relations

Gray VanceCharleston Southern University has named Gary Vance dean of the College of Adult and Professional Studies.

Vance’s 26 years in the corporate world have prepared him to lead Charleston Southern’s growing College of Adult and Professional Studies. In addition to the bachelor of science in organizational management, students may now enroll in the master of science in organizational management. The first classes for the master’s degree started this month.

“Our master’s program has just started. It is accelerated, relevant and provides the skills that are important in today’s business world,” said Vance. The faith aspect of Charleston Southern’s program intrigued Vance. “We offer a servant leadership course to help people understand that model of faith leadership and help students explore what a Christian worldview means and what it means in the business world,” he said.

Vance received an undergraduate degree in engineering from Purdue and later earned a master of business administration from Winthrop through an online program.

His background and experience are serving him well in his new position. “My MBA gives me a good background from a student perspective of what it is like to go back to school, and my experience as an executive gives me a good idea about what managers would like for their people to know, skills like team building and critical thinking,” said Vance.

Vance plans to seek out opportunities to connect with his business contacts and help them see what a degree can do for their employees. “Because our program is online, it opens itself up to anyone – we have no borders, no boundaries,” said Vance.

The Charleston Southern online program uses an asynchronous model which allows students to access their course anytime. CSU partners with Pearson Learning Solutions to leverage leading technology innovations.

“Basically, we encounter people who think college is impossible, and we help them see it is possible,” said Vance. “The degrees we offer are relevant to the working world, and we want to show people how to make the impossible possible.”

Vance says he finds the CSU campus community energetic and full of promise and views his position as a way to help people get where they want to be.

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