COLUMBIA, S.C. — Less than one month apart, two SCICU member institutions have installed new presidents. Dr. Matthew vandenBerg was inaugurated as Presbyterian College’s 19th president on Oct. 22, and Claflin University held the investiture of 9th President Dr. Dwaun Warmack on Nov. 20.
“Matt vandenBerg and Dwaun Warmack are the next generation of campus leaders,” said Jeff Perez, SCICU president & CEO. “They bring dynamic leadership and innovative approaches to their campuses, while also respecting their traditions and values. They are a perfect fit to lead their institutions.”
Dr. Matthew VandenBerg took the helm at Presbyterian College on Feb. 1, 2021. He follows Dr. Don Raber, interim president and chief academic officer, and Mr. Bob Staton, whose lifetime of Presbyterian College support culminated with his presidency 2015-2020.
Prior to joining Presbyterian College, vandenBerg served as vice president for advancement and external relations at Alma College (Alma, Mich.), his alma mater. VandenBerg’s other experience includes directing development for Albion College, alumni relations and development at Indiana University, and CCS Fundraising, a strategic fundraising consulting firm that partners with nonprofits.
VandenBerg holds an Ed.D. in higher education/higher education administration from the University of Pennsylvania, an MPA in policy analysis and nonprofit management from Indiana University Bloomington, and a B.A. in political science from Alma College.
More about vandenBerg’s Oct. 22 inauguration may be read here.
Claflin University welcomed Dr. Dwaun Warmack as president on Aug. 1, 2019. He follows Dr. Henry Tisdale, Claflin’s 8th president, who led the university through more than two decades of growth.
Prior to joining Claflin University’s leadership team, Warmack served five years as president of Harris-Stowe State University (St. Louis, Mo.). Warmack’s 20 years of progressive higher education experience also includes leadership with Bethune-Cookman University, Rhodes College, Western Carolina University, and Delta State University, his alma mater.
Warmack earned a doctorate in educational leadership with a specialization in higher education from Union University (Jackson, Tenn.). His post-doctoral studies in educational leadership were associated with the Harvard University School of Education. Warmack holds a bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in sociology, both awarded by Delta State University.
More about Warmack’s Nov. 20 investiture may be read here.