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Faith
in the
Future
churches), the switch represents one phase
of Hunter's goals for ensuring the university's survival and prosperity.
"You don't have to be Baptist to come
here, and not every student who attends is
a Christian," he says. "But the faith-based
environment gives us the opportunity to
have faculty, coaches and staff who come
here with a calling to embrace our mission
and vision."
Hunter remains confident that mission can play a vibrant role in the future
of higher ed because, among other advantages, faculty and staff at a small, private
college can spend more time getting to
know their students.
"If we go to the dining hall, we can
sit with them and talk. We can go to an
athletic event and we will recognize each
other. If we go off campus, we see our
students," he says. "I think that gives the
small private school a lot of opportunities
to participate more in developing the total
student-not just academically."
That type of relationship is crucial because, Hunter adds, today's students come

GUIDING LIGHT-Today's students need particular guidance finding their purpose
in life, says Jairy Hunter, who has led his university since 1984. He adds that
students also come to campus with more emotional problems than ever before.

to campus with more emotional problems
than ever before. Students have experienced the financial stress of trying to pay
for college after parents lost jobs during
the Great Recession. Others have worried
about relatives or friends serving in the
military in Iraq or Afghanistan. And many
young people simply feel unprepared.
"They've witnessed corruption in every
profession and been disappointed in every

Leader at a glance
Jairy Hunter, a South Carolina native, has been president of Charleston Southern
University since 1984. He will retire this spring.
Undergraduate study: Bachelor's degree in economics and business, Appalachian
State University in North Carolina.
Graduate degrees: Master's degree in student personnel, master's in economics and
business, Appalachian State University; doctorate in educational administration
and management, Duke University.
On the way up: Vice chancellor of finance at The University of North Carolina at
Wilmington; vice president for administration at Broward College in Florida;
dean of student support services, Appalachian State University; assistant to the
president, Blue Ridge Community College in North Carolina.
Outside the institution: Member of the board of directors for the National
Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Served as a commissioner
for the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
and was president of the Big South Athletic Conference. Has also served on the
advisory boards for SCANA Corporation, Bank of America, Charleston Education
Network and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

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type of leader," Hunter says. "They watch
and listen to social media and wonder,
'Where do I find the real truth when everything seems negotiable?' "
This search for truth makes the 21st
century one of the most fascinating
times of Hunter's career, he says. "I talk
to young people a lot about purpose because, I would say, the majority of them
have never addressed that: 'What's your
purpose in life?' "
'I don't know how to do this'
Charleston Southern has been investing to help students find direction. Like
all schools, it faces mounting costs when
it comes to implementing modern, techpowered teaching and learning. The college of nursing, for example, gives all students iPads so they can watch recorded
lectures and communicate with professors
24/7. The students also work on hightech, internet-connected mannequins that
allow professors to closely monitor every
procedure from a separate area.
In response to marketplace needs, the
nursing program has tripled in size in 10
years and received a new building in 2016.
The university is also expanding its athletic
training courses and will add a physician's
assistant program in 2018. Hunter and his
team also make it a priority to advocate on
behalf of students with a growing regional
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