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Please take the Limestone University Presidential Search Survey to provide input on what you would like to see in our next President. The survey results will be viewable only by the members of the Search Committee.

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Candidates for the position of President of Limestone University can apply by clicking the link below.

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Last day to submit application for president is January 31, 2024.

Mission Statement

Limestone University’s foundation in Christian faith and liberal arts empowers students of all abilities and backgrounds who will invest in themselves and aspire to thrive spiritually, personally, and professionally.

Vision Statement

Limestone University provides students the tools they need to graduate, flourish, and have a positive impact on their families, communities, and professions.


Limestone University offers opportunities for spiritual, personal, and professional growth, including to students with academic challenges or those who have had difficulty accessing higher education.

In a compassionate and supportive environment based on Christian principles, Limestone nurtures students to become critical thinkers, strong leaders, and effective communicators who are prepared for successful lives, careers, and continued graduate studies.

Limestone University respects each student’s religious liberty and provides an environment consistent with our non-denominational Christian heritage. Limestone’s values support our dedication to fulfilling our mission and vision, as well as serving as guiding principles that shape our daily actions.

  • Christian Heritage

    Limestone University’s non-denominational Christian heritage is the foundation for our welcoming and supportive environment. The teachings of Jesus Christ are the basis for how we live our lives; accordingly, we have embraced values that shape our daily actions, characterized by compassion and service to others. Limestone University is committed to these values and will integrate them into how we educate and strengthen our students personally and professionally.

  • Academic Excellence

    Limestone University empowers students who strive for knowledge, intellectual challenge, continuous learning, and scholarly endeavors. Our graduates will enter the professional world with critical thinking skills, the ability to nurture interpersonal relationships, a deep sense of ethical reflection, as well as an appreciation for the fine arts. We expect our students to have a commitment to investing in themselves and performing their best in the classroom. We expect our faculty to meet the students where they are academically and to support, prepare, and encourage them to have a positive impact in their communities and professions.

  • Liberal Arts and Professional Disciplines

    Limestone University is an institution grounded in, and dedicated to, providing a broad-based exposure to the liberal arts. By offering a variety of majors and concentrations in both the liberal arts and professional disciplines, a Limestone education provides a broad intellectual foundation, fostering critical thinking and adaptability. It cultivates skills like communication and problem-solving, enhancing one’s ability to navigate life’s challenges. This preparation, paired with a professional degree, offers a balanced approach, blending theoretical knowledge with practical expertise. This dual framework prepares our students to excel not only in their chosen fields, but also to engage with the complexities of a rapidly evolving world.

  • Teamwork

    Teamwork is important in the classroom, in athletics, and in life. Developing collaborative skills is essential for personal, academic, and professional growth and achievement. Limestone is committed to increasingly integrating teamwork into our classrooms, student services, and everyday campus life.

  • Student-Centered Focus

    Limestone University prides itself on serving students and providing continuous quality improvement. We value students’ opinions and are committed to collaborating with them to improve their campus experience. Limestone creates opportunities for personal growth through academic and athletic programs, as well as co-curricular programs that include campus ministries, student government, student activities, residence life, community service, and health services. Limestone University offers students a unique and supportive educational experience through our small class sizes and faculty and staff who truly care about individual student success.

  • Military Friendly

    Limestone University believes in supporting, advocating, and serving veterans, current service members, and their families. Limestone strives to provide opportunities for success in higher education and personal growth to those who have dedicated their lives to their country and to the service of others. Limestone is committed to being the premier institution for military and Veterans Affairs educational resources for all military-affiliated students.

  • Community Engagement

    Limestone University’s commitment to community engagement is central to our core value of service. We believe in partnering with surrounding communities where all partners are deeply committed to sharing knowledge and resources that are vital to the growth of Limestone and our students. We believe this level of community engagement enables our students to develop partnerships, relationships, and knowledge beyond the classroom.

  • Diversity

    Limestone University values a diverse campus and a variety of life experiences, encouraging students to learn from one another. Our goal is to create a campus that reflects the society in which graduates will live and work. We strive to create a blend of cultures that respects and welcomes students without regard to ethnicity, gender, religious commitment, socio-economic background, national origin, or disability. Limestone University is dedicated to providing a supportive environment that fosters the development of the whole person.


Limestone University’s new President will be selected through an efficient and intensive search process led by the Presidential Search Committee consisting of trustees, faculty, staff, and community stakeholders.

October 2023

  • Randall Richardson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, announces during the full Board of Trustees meeting that Limestone’s Presidential Search will begin. 
  • Dr. Jim Prevost named chair of the search committee.
  • The Presidential Search Committee members and Committee Chair are announced during October 2023 faculty meeting.
  • The Presidential Search Committee selected.

November 2023

  • The Presidential Search Committee is announced to the Board of Trustees.
  • The Department of Communications & Marketing releases the position advertisement to the professional journals of choice.
  • The Search Committee determines the timeline, outreach strategies, priorities, and desired characteristics of a potential President.
  • The Search Committee develops and shares the Presidential position profile.
  • The Department of Communications & Marketing develops Presidential search website and application.
  • Candidate recruitment and identification through advertising, correspondence, and solicitation of nominations and direct recruiting of candidates.
  • Board of Trustees briefed on Presidential Search progress.

December 2023

  • The Presidential Search website and Feedback Survey are launched for campus, alumni, and community stakeholders’ participation. Target date December 1, 2023.
  • The Search Committee is provided access to all resumes and nominations submitted for consideration to date through the secure President Search website.
  • The Search Committee meets to update the search timeline.
  • The Search Committee contacts potential candidates in the search networks that their application has been received by the Search committee.
  • The Search Committee will meet in person to select candidates for first-round interviews.
  • Board of Trustees brief on Presidential Search progress.

January – February 2024

  • The Search Committee continues to receive and review candidate applications.
  • Applicants are contacted to confirm receipt of application materials and respond to questions.
  • Review and update the presidential search timeline.
  • Last day to submit application for president is January 31, 2024.
  • First round interview candidates are selected, vetted, and scheduled for interview.
  • Vetted first-round candidates are announced to the Board of Trustees.
  • The Search Committee conducts first-round interviews.
  • Second-round interview candidates are selected and announced to the Board of Trustees.

March 2024

  • Second-round interviews take place on campus.
  • Finalists are selected, undergo an in-depth background check, and are scheduled for an on campus visit and formal interview.
  • Finalists are recommended to the Board of Trustees for consideration.

April 2024

  • Finalists will visit Limestone for formal interviews and visit with campus leadership, faculty, staff, and University stakeholders. Additionally, finalists will meet with City of Gaffney and Cherokee County government leadership.  
  • Presidential candidate is selected and recommended to the Board of Trustees.
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees announces the President-Elect.
The timeline content, criteria, and KPI dates are subject to change.