Dr. Nathan B. Copeland began serving as the 24th President of Limestone University in May of 2024.

Limestone is an accredited, independent, non-denominational Christian university with its residential campus located in Gaffney, South Carolina. Founded on liberal arts principles in 1845, Limestone offers associate, undergraduate, and master’s degree programs on-campus and through its innovative online program that reaches across the globe.

Dr. Copeland was selected as the President of Limestone by a vote of the Board of Trustees in April of 2024, and he took office a month later. He had previously served, since 2021, as the Vice President of Advancement and Enrollment at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama.

“It is a great honor to serve as the President of Limestone University, and I am tremendously humbled for this opportunity,” Dr. Copeland said. “To the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and local community, I am grateful for the trust that has been given to me to lead our institution. Limestone is clearly a special institution on the brink of what can and will be a healthy and vibrant future.”

Dr. Copeland received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from Harding University and his Doctor of Education degree from the University of Alabama.

He arrived at Spring Hill College after serving as Vice President of Operations for Wiggins Incorporated in Montgomery, AL, a nationwide mechanical, electrical, and plumbing contractor group, and Principal for The Alabama Group, a small business development company.

Dr. Copeland’s academic career began at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, where he was the Assistant to the President as well as the Director of the Center for Professional Excellence in the University’s Carter College of Business. He also taught classes in Harding’s Business School on leadership, business communications, promotional strategies, and entrepreneurial studies.

Along with his wife, Erin, he has four children, including daughter Kate and sons Colin, William, and Grant.

“Dr. Copeland is a dynamic leader who has brought an abundance of experience and energy to the role of President at Limestone University,” noted Randall Richardson, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “He understands our mission as a Christian-based institution that has been at the forefront of higher education for nearly 180 years, and he will lead Limestone into an even brighter future. Dr. Copeland is a visionary leader who has brought a sense of excitement to our campus. We are working together to make Limestone one of the finest and most vibrant liberal arts institutions in the nation.”

Nathan Copeland