Dr. Cheek transitions to VP; Baird named Special Assistant to President
By Kelley M. Arnold
BPC Interim Director of Marketing
Dr. H. Lee Cheek
MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College Social and Behavioral Sciences Division tenured full professor and Division chair, Dr. H. Lee Cheek, assumed the role of Vice President for College Advancement Nov. 1, announced Dr. David R. Smith, president of the college.
“Dr. Lee Cheek has accepted my invitation to join the administration of Brewton-Parker College,” said Dr. Smith. “As you know Dr. Cheek is a respected member of the Brewton-Parker College community and we are thrilled to have him working on behalf of the College in this exciting, new capacity.”
Dr. Cheek’s responsibilities as Vice President for College Advancement include the maintenance and direction of the college’s endowment and fundraising efforts and the administration of the departments of Development, Alumni Affairs and Annual Fund.
“Dr. Cheek has capably served as a faculty member and as an academic chair over the past decade,” Dr. Smith continued. “He is a skilled academician with a bright future. He has also achieved a great deal of success in the areas of nonprofit fundraising and grantsmanship. Outside of Dr. Cheek’s long career as a grant writer and grant recipient, he has also served as a very successful professional fundraiser for the various nonprofit organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, various religious organizations, and the Wesley Studies Society. We look forward to Dr. Cheek bringing his wealth of gifts and graces to the College’s advancement labors.”
Dr. Cheek has been working in the role in a part-time capacity since Nov. 1, and assumed a full-time role Dec. 1. Dr. Joe Tiu, assistant professor of psychology, stepped into the Division chair position in an “acting” capacity as of Nov. 1. Dr. Cheek will continue to teach, stating, “I would not give up my calling, and it is really my mission in life.”
Former Vice President for College Advancement, Doug Baird, stepped down from the position and has been named the Special Assistant to the President.
“Mr. Baird will continue to play an important role at BPC… responsible administratively for technology and athletics. He led the effort through the summer that reconstituted BPC’s athletic program, and his talents in building and managing technology companies have afforded him personal success and a nationwide reputation in his arena,” said Dr. Smith.
Dr. Cheek and Baird’s offices are located in the Newton building; Dr. Cheek’s in the College Advancement wing and Baird’s next to Dr. Cindy Skaruppa’s in the Enrollment Service’s section.
Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia.