NEWBERRY — Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Newberry College Timothy Elston’s schedule is pretty packed during the week. From meetings with students and faculty, to meeting with department chairs, Elston stays busy.
Elston is responsible for dealing with day-to-day academic issues as well as helping make decisions concerning budgets, policies, and procedures. He is also on campus some weekends to help with admissions events, such as open houses and orientation.
Elston is also involved in various committees that make important decisions. These include academic committees, the President’s Council, the core committee, and general education committees. He also helps oversee faculty and student services.
Part of Elston’s job is to also guarantee the academic product, and ensure the faculty consists of properly-trained professionals.
“Part of my job is to make sure curriculum meets or exceed the standards of the professionals, as well as to walk moms, dads, and prospective students through a college education,” Elston said.
Elston said he loves working at Newberry College, and loves the closeness and friendships that get made here. He said he is able to get to know the students and still be able to teach. Before becoming an administrator, Elston was a History professor, and he hopes next fall to do some teaching once again.
When he’s not busy with administrative duties, Elston likes to play golf, go out to eat and try new restaurants, read, go to museums and art galleries, and raise his two daughters. He also likes to shop, which, he says, is definitely in his blood with two daughters.