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Dr. J. Bradley Creed, an accomplished leader of mission-driven institutions and a scholar and historian of religion, began his duties as Campbell University’s fifth president on July 1, 2015.
Previously, Dr. Creed was the provost, executive vice president, and professor of religion at Samford University, a private Christian university in Birmingham, Alabama.
Prior to joining Samford, Dr. Creed was a professor of Christian history, associate dean, and dean at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He has also served as the scholar-in-residence at the Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C., and visiting professor of church history at the John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Falls Church, Virginia. Earlier in his career, he served as pastor of churches in Texas and Louisiana.
A Jacksonville, Texas, native, Dr. Creed received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Baylor University, graduating cum laude. He earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He pursued further study in Harvard University’s Management Development Program and in the Spanish language program at Academia Hispano Americano in Mexico.
Dr. Creed’s wife, Kathy, is an educator by training and previously was a public school teacher and administrator in Texas and Louisiana. The Creeds’ family includes son Charles; daughter Carrie Grace; and one grandson, James Noble Creed. A daughter, Caitlin, died in 2007 during her freshman year in college.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Dr. Mark L. Hammond assumed the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost on Sept. 1, 2013. Previously, he had been the dean of Campbell’s College of Arts & Sciences since 2001.
The son of Steve and Mary Lee Hammond, Mark Hammond is a native of Ashland, Ohio. He received his bachelor’s degree with a double major in biology and general science from Hiram College in 1985, and graduated cum laude with honors. He earned his doctorate in biology from the University of South Carolina in 1990, specializing in molecular genetics and biochemistry. His doctoral work led to publications in two prestigious journals, The Journal of Biological Chemistry and Genes and Development.
Hammond went to serve as a postdoctoral fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. There, he worked in the life sciences division and with the Center for Human Genome Studies when the Human Genome Project started in 1990. While at Los Alamos, he developed a patent for rapid base sequencing in DNA and RNA that received the Distinguished Patent Award in 1995, and he produced a second patent dealing with DNA fragment sizing and sorting that was first licensed by Molecular Technologies, Inc.
Hammond joined Campbell in 1992 as an assistant professor of biology. He became an associate professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences in 1996, and was promoted to full professor in 2004.
He’s married to the former Jill Darling ’05 of Mansfield, Ohio. They are the parents of four children — Erica Joy ’13, Nicholas Jared, Veronica Lee and Monica Darling. They are members of Hood Memorial Christian Church in Dunn, N.C.
Vice President for Student Life
Vice President for Student Life for the University, is a native of Ahoskie, NC. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in religion from Campbell University in 1977. Dr. Bazemore received his Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, and his Doctor of Ministry from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Bazemore returned to Campbell from Wallace, NC, where he spent 14 years as the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Wallace. His wife, the former Linda Rae Callis, is also a native of Ahoskie and a two-time graduate of Campbell University. She is a retired educator and counselor, having served 35 years in various North Carolina school systems. The Bazemores are the parents of two children, Stephen and Hannah, both graduates of Campbell University.
Bazemore has been a Trustee, a member of the Board of Ministers and the Alumni Board, and has served Campbell University in countless other ways. He has received many honors from Campbell including the Centennial Distinguished Alumnus award, the Alumni Service Award, and also received the prestigious Presidential Medallion award. His wife, Linda, is also a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni award.
Dr. Dennis Bazemore began his tenure of employment with Campbell University August 1, 2003.
Vice President for Business & Treasurer
Originally from Mars Hill, North Carolina, a graduate of North Carolina State with a degree in Business Management and a Master’s of Public Affairs from Western Carolina University. He has been at Campbell University since 1995 and became the Vice President for Business and Treasurer in May of 2005. He also serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine and as the Secretary Treasurer for the Campbell University Foundation.
Jim has served Colleges and Universities since 1978. Beginning his career with Mars Hill College as Assistant Director of Physical Plant and serving as Director of Facilities for Barton County Community College in Kansas as well as Georgetown College in Kentucky. He came to Campbell University in 1995. Professionally, he was elected President of the Southeastern Region of Physical Plant Directors as well as Secretary/Treasurer. He has worked with the International Association of College and University Facility Managers on committees and as regional representative since 1988 as well as two terms as the Vice President for Educational Programs. He has been an instructor for the Facilities Management Institute since 1991. In 1999 he received the Meritorious Service Award from the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers.
Jim has done public speaking for international conferences, national organizations and regional meetings for Colleges and Universities. He has presented on topics such as Responding to the EPA, Financing Residential Facilities, Personnel Management and Motivation, Planning for Master Planning, Outsourcing vs. In-House Staffing, Top-down vs. Participatory Management and Emergency Preparedness.
A resident of Lillington, Jim is the past president of the Kiwanis Club of Buies Creek and serves as a Sunday school teacher in his church. He was appointed by Governor Beverly Purdue to serve on the North Carolina Education Assistance Authority in October 2010 and is the Vice Chairman for this state board. He also serves as a member of the Triangle South Workforce Development Board which serves Harnett County, in addition to Chatham, Lee and Sampson Counties.
Jim is married to the former Teresa Walker, RN, BSN, IBCLC 1979 graduate of UNC-Greensboro, have three married children, Mrs. Sarah Wade and husband William Paul, William J. Roberts and wife Christine, and Andrew J. Roberts and wife Crystal who have their one granddaughter, Grace Marie Roberts.
Acting Vice President for Health Programs
Michael L. Adams assumed the role of dean at Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences on January 1, 2015. Dean Adams serves as the College’s second dean, succeeding founding dean Dr. Ronald W. Maddox (1986-2014).
A native of Grifton, North Carolina, Adams is a 1996 doctor of pharmacy summa cum laude graduate of Campbell University’s then School of Pharmacy. After pharmacy school, Adams completed his doctor of philosophy in Medicinal Chemistry in 2003 at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy in Seattle, Washington. Upon completion of his graduate work, Adams went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in the Molecular and Cellular Toxicology Section of the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
Adams returned to Buies Creek in 2005 when he accepted a position with Campbell as an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences. In 2009, he became the College’s director of Science Education Outreach and served in that position through 2012, when he was named assistant dean for graduate and interprofessional education. Adams received the 2011 Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence and has been named Professor of the Year by second-year student pharmacists for nine consecutive years.
His professional affiliations include the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists (2009-present), the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (2005-present), the American Chemical Society (2005-present), the International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics (2003-present), and the Society of Toxicology, Mechanisms Specialty Section (1996-present). He is also a member of the Gamma Iota Chapter of the Rho Chi Society and the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity.
Vice President, Institutional Advancement & Assistant to the President
Britt Davis was named Vice President for Institutional Advancement & Assistant to the President in January 2011. In this role, he leads the university’s Development, Alumni Relations, Communications & Marketing, and Admissions departments. He also represents the Campbell president’s office in different capacities, including serving as a liaison to various university constituencies and representing the president on university committees and at special events. Prior to this appointment Davis served as Director of Development for the university’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law (2007-2010).
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Davis has earned two degrees from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, including a B.S. in Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies and a Master of Public Administration. He earned a Doctor of Public Administration, emphasis in higher education administration, from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia.
Prior to joining Campbell, Davis served as President of the Oregon Independent College Foundation, a nonprofit consortium of ten Oregon private colleges and universities. Davis has also served as a Vice President for the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges and held management positions at the Association for Manufacturing Technology, Consumer Electronics Association, and National Recreation & Park Association.
In addition to his duties at Campbell, Davis also serves on the board of the North Carolina Museum of History Associates in Raleigh, National Venture Committee of the Foundation for Independent Higher Education in Washington, DC, and the board of the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce.
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