CHARLESTON, S.C. (courtesy charlestonsouthern.edu) — Dr. Dondi Costin, president of Charleston Southern University, was recently featured in Christianity Today in Betsy Abraham’s article: “The Tedious Balance Between Tradition + Innovation: New Leaders at Prestigious Christian Institutions Weigh the Cost of Progress.”
Five top leaders explained what it was like to step into new roles. Citing the similarity to working at the Pentagon prior to coming to CSU and working in academia, Costin said he relies on the university staff to guide him through the procedures and processes of higher education. Calling himself a “cultural anthropologist,” Costin studies the landscape and procedures to learn what is working and what isn’t.
Abraham quotes Costin, “The principles that work in one organization will almost always work in another as long as the leader is willing to be a learner.”
In the article Costin said he relies on prayer and planning to navigate leading CSU.
The article is available on the Christianity Today website.