Limestone Trustee James Prevost Steps Down To Join College Faculty
Dr. James (Jim) Prevost recently resigned from the Limestone Board of Trustees to accept a teaching position in the College’s Athletic Training Program.
As an alumnus from Limestone’s class of 1979, Prevost has an extensive history with the College. He was a part of Greek life and pledged Lambda Mu Sigma in 1975. In 1985, Prevost began teaching Athletic Training courses at Limestone, first as an adjunct teacher, and then as a volunteer. From there, he became a part of the President’s Advisory Council.
Prevost was selected as a member of the Board of Trustees in July of 2017 and served a full year before being offered a position as an Athletic Training instructor. During his time of the Board, Prevost was an integral part of the Presidential Selection Committee that ultimately recommended Dr. Darrell Parker to the full Board to become Limestone’s 22nd President.
“We have very qualified people here at Limestone who will be able to advance this Athletic Training program to even greater heights,” he said. “We are working on some very exciting things. I appreciate this opportunity to help grow not only Athletic Training, but Limestone as a whole.”
Prevost recently set up a yearly scholarship in honor of his wife, Mary Ann. He has yet to decide how the scholarship will be awarded to a deserving Limestone student, but he is looking forward to giving back to the College.
During his final semester at Limestone, Prevost began student teaching under Gaffney High School’s Physical Education Teacher and football coach Bill Cleveland. After his four months of student teaching, he graduated and began substitute teaching in Cherokee County Schools. He would also moonlight as a line cook at Quincy’s Family Restaurant in Gaffney. In the summer of 1980, Prevost was hired at West Junior High School where he taught and assisted in coaching football until he began teaching Physical Education at GHS three years later.
During his seven years within the Gaffney school district, Prevost continually coached wrestling. After teaching Physical Education for four years, he became the Athletic Trainer and assisted Danny Thomas in coaching the football team’s defensive backs.
In 1987, Prevost began serving at Shelby High School as an athletic trainer and then as the school’s Assistant Principal over 20 years later. He has also coached wrestling and football on a volunteer basis and as part of his professional responsibilities in North Carolina. He received numerous awards there, including Shelby High School Teacher of the Year, Time Warner Cable's Star Teacher Award, Presidential Award for Volunteer Service, and Cleveland County's Distinguished Educator Award.
During the two decades he worked in Cleveland County, Prevost taught Physical Education, Health, Mathematics, Sports Medicine, and Science. In 2001, he became the Director of Sports Medicine for Cleveland County Schools and resigned from that position in 2013 to accept the role as Assistant Principal at SHS. Prevost served as Assistant Principal for five years before retiring and accepting the position as Assistant Professor for the Department of Athletic Training, Nursing, and Health Sciences at Limestone.
“Coming back to teach at Limestone is giving me the chance to return to what I love,” Prevost said. “It is my chance to come back home. There is no place like Limestone.”
Prevost earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Health from Limestone College, a Master of Arts in Physical Education from Gardner-Webb University, a Graduate Certificate in School Administration from Appalachian State University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.
With his father serving a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, Prevost called many cities home while growing up. However, he spent most of his time in Alexandria, VA where he attended Mt. Vernon High School. He and his wife currently reside in Shelby.
(By Marena Camby, Communications & Marketing Department)