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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.
Executive Assistant to the President
John Roberson began his duties as executive assistant to the president Feb. 1, 2016. Previously, he was dean of Campbell’s Adult & Online Education division.
In that position, he brought a new emphasis to nontraditional student education, expanded the portfolio of degree programs to meet demands from the growing population of nontraditional students, and launched the university’s virtual campus – Campbell University Online. Campbell University Online opened its “doors” in January 2014 with an enrollment of 24 students. In two years its enrollment grew to nearly 350 students.
Roberson is a 1980 alumnus of Campbell and a 1983 graduate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1997, he earned his Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University.
From 1989 to 1996 he served Campbell as assistant vice president for alumni relations and assistant to the president, but stepped away from 1997 to 2005 to serve as an executive with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. He returned to Campbell in 2005 as the vice president for marketing and planning. In 2008 he was named vice president for enrollment management and marketing and three years later was tapped to be vice president for enrollment management and assistant to the president. In 2013, he became the dean of Adult & Online Education.
His wife, Wendy, is a 1984 graduate of Campbell and a teacher in the Harnett County Public School System. Following the family legacy, their daughter, Sarah, is a junior at Campbell pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration. The Robersons are members of the Memorial Baptist Church in Buies Creek.
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 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.
Vice President, Institutional Advancement & Senior Advisor to the President
Britt Davis was named Vice President for Institutional Advancement & Senior Advisor 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.
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.
Dr. Jerry M. Wallace served as Campbell University’s fourth president for 12 years before stepping down from the position on June 30, 2015. Today, as chancellor, he advises President Creed and other senior leaders on university initiatives.
An ordained Baptist minister and a Rockingham, North Carolina native, Wallace joined Campbell in 1970 as an adjunct sociology professor while serving as a pastor of Elizabethtown Baptist Church. He began teaching full time at Campbell in 1975 and went on to serve as chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, director of graduate studies, and vice president for academic affairs and provost.
He was named Campbell’s fourth president in May 2003 following the retirement of longtime president Dr. Norman Adrian Wiggins.
During Wallace’s 12 years as president, Campbell’s enrollment jumped to over 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university also expanded its health programs to complement its pharmacy school and address the shortage of health professionals in North Carolina. When the Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine opened in the Leon Levine Hall of Medical Sciences in August 2013 with 160 students, it was North Carolina’s first new medical school in 35 years.
Other health programs started during Wallace’s presidency include the physician assistant, public health, physical therapy, and nursing programs.
Wallace earned his bachelor’s degrees in English and government from East Carolina University, his Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Master of Science in sociology and a Doctor of Education from North Carolina State University.
He and his wife, Betty Blanchard Wallace, have three children: McLain Wallace, Kelly McLamb, and Betty Lynne Johnson. They also have five grandchildren: Wallace, Catherine Stuart, Elizabeth, Isaac and Ronald Joseph.
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