Chattanooga’s Richmont Graduate University Names Timothy Quinnan Ph.D. Its Next President

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Richmont Graduate University, which boasts the oldest faith-integrated counseling program in the eastern United States, has selected the institution’s nextpPresident. After a six-month nationwide search, the board of trustees unanimously selected Timothy Quinnan, Ph.D. of the University of Texas, Arlington to take the helm of the Christian graduate university.   
 
Board Chairman Talley Clower shared the news with students, faculty and staff on Tuesday. 
 
“With more than 30 years in higher education, Dr.
Quinnan brings a breadth of experience we need to lead Richmont into future success,” said Mr. Clower. “Richmont has been in a season of tremendous growth in recent years—including the addition of new graduate programs and the establishment of the region’s first faith-based trauma center. Dr. Quinnan’s proven leadership makes him well suited to lead Richmont in this season of continued of growth and impact.”  
 
Richmont Graduate University has campuses in Chattanooga, Atlanta and online. The School of Counseling offers two master’s degrees and five graduate certificates while the School of Ministry offers two master’s degrees and one graduate certificate. Richmont is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The school also boasts the oldest integrated (faith-based and academically rigorous) counseling program in the Eastern United States.  
 
Recent evidence of Richmont’s growth and impact includes: 
· Record enrollment for the 2016-2017 academic year 
· Expansion of trauma counseling work, including sending a team to partner with relief workers in Syrian refugee camps in Greece in 2016 
· Opening a new, larger Atlanta-based campus in 2015 
· Earning CACREP accreditation, the gold standard in counseling education 
· 98% first-time pass rate on the National Counseling Exam 
· 90% employment of graduates within six months of graduation 
 
“Richmont Graduate University is positioned squarely at the intersection of academic excellence and sound theology,” said Dr. Quinnan. “I’m honored to be invited to be part of this dynamic, purposeful community. I look forward to partnering with the exceptional faculty and staff as we continue to grow the university’s positive impact on and through our students.”  
 
Dr. Quinnan brings to Richmont an extensive background of serving students and universities including roles as vice president of Student Affairs at University of Texas at Arlington, associate vice president for Campus Life at San Diego State University, vice president for Student Services at Stark State College, and associate vice president for Student Affairs at Florida State University. 
 
Former President Bob Rodgers believes the board has selected a worthy successor.  
 
“Having had the privilege of serving as its president, I know that Richmont Graduate University is a remarkable community.  Richmont’s programs produce students who are fully equipped to take on the challenges of today’s world with skill and compassion,” said Mr. Rodgers. “Dr. Quinnan can expect a warm welcome from Richmont’s dedicated faculty and staff, smart and creative students, remarkable alumni, and loyal donors and friends. I am excited that the university will be steered by his capable leadership.” 
 
Dr. Quinnan will take up his new role at Richmont starting Aug. 7, 2017. 

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