Carolina Graduate School of Divinity President Dr. Frank Scurry (left) and Randolph Community College President Dr. Robert Shackleford sign the memorandum of agreement that makes CGSD a member of the University Center of Randolph County. The school will offer a Master of Arts in Ministry and a Master of Divinity on RCCs Asheboro Campus.
Carolina Graduate School of Divinity (CGSD) in Greensboro has joined a growing number of higher educational institutions as a member of the University Center of Randolph County at Randolph Community College. Carolina Graduate School of Divinity will offer a Master of Arts in Ministry degree and a Master of Divinity degree on RCCs campus.
Dr. Frank Scurry, CGSD president, and Dr. Terry Eddinger, vice president for academics at CGSD, joined RCC President Robert S. Shackleford on Oct. 17 to sign a memorandum of agreement between the two schools. Im very excited about this opportunity for the people of Randolph County, said Dr. Shackleford after announcing the addition. We live in a community of faith and I think there are many people who will want to take advantage of the opportunities this offers.
Dr. Scurry, who lived in Asheboro for several years, said he viewed this as an opportunity to come to Asheboro and do something for the churches he has worked with in the county. We are thrilled as a school to be working with [RCC] and be a part of the University Center, he said.
Dr. Shackleford noted that CGSD has a very impressive faculty, and the collaboration has full approval from the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. CGSD will send faculty members to RCCs Asheboro Campus to teach the classes.
The Master of Arts in Ministry is a 48-semester-hour program that develops spiritual, biblical, theological, and vocational competencies in its students. It has two concentrations: Pastoral Leadership and Christian Counseling. The Master of Divinity degree is an 84-semester-hour program that prepares students to serve a church in leadership roles. It has three concentrations: Biblical Studies, Pastoral Leadership, and Christian Counseling.
Shackleford noted that if the masters programs are well accepted in the community, a doctoral program with CGSD may be added at a later date.
RCCs senior leadership team and several faculty and staff members attended the signing, along with RCC Board of Trustees members Curt Lorimer and Elbert Lassiter.
Shackleford said the schools would plan an information session for the public in the next few weeks, and they hoped to begin classes in the spring semester.
The University Center of Randolph County was established in 2008 as a collaborative effort between Randolph Community College and area four-year colleges and universities. Courses are offered in particular disciplines, creating opportunities for students to complete a baccalaureate degree or higher without leaving Randolph County. The University Center currently offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration through Salem College; a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and a Master of Science in Elementary Education through Pfeiffer University; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winston-Salem State University.