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William Slater to Transition to Dean of Enriched Adult Studies Role at Welch College

GALLATIN, TN—After 21 years as headmaster of Hendersonville Christian Academy, William Slater will be transitioning to a role as Dean of Enriched Adult Studies at Welch College, according to Matt Pinson, Welch’s president. Slater will conclude his tenure as headmaster of Hendersonville Christian Academy at the end of this school year and begin his new post at Welch June 1.

“We are excited to have an educational leader of Mr. Slater’s caliber to join our Welch team,” Pinson said. “With his thirty years of educational leadership in Christian K-12 education—more than twenty of it here in Sumner County—his record of community leadership in Sumner County, and his academic credentials, he will bring just what we need to the leadership of the newly launched Enriched Adult Studies program.” Slater holds an M.Ed. in educational leadership from the University of South Florida and a law degree (Juris Doctor) from Nashville School of Law.

The Enriched Adult Studies Program is a newly launched program for Christian adults who desire to complete their college degree. The program was created by Dr. Charles Lea, formerly of Vol State Community College and Union University, who joined Welch last year as Special Assistant to the President for Adult Education.

“Working with Dr. Charles Lea, Dr. Greg Ketteman, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Dean of Graduate and Adult Education, and Sarah Bracey, Adult Studies Liaison, Mr. Slater will give day-to-day leadership to the Enriched Adult Studies program and also serve in an advisory capacity on international students and dual enrollment relationships with private and Christian schools and the homeschool community,” Pinson said.

Pinson added: “Great days are ahead for Welch as we move forward with degree programs that stretch beyond our traditional focus on residential undergraduate education. We believe there are many students who have received an associate’s degree from Vol State, or who’ve attended another college and have never completed their degree, that will find Welch’s mission attractive. Mr. Slater understands our commitment to combine our strong Christian mission with academic excellence, and his addition to our team will posture us for growth.”

Welch College, Sumner County’s newest educational institution, offers more than 40 programs of study, including associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. Accredited by SACS Commission on Colleges and ranked as one of the South’s best colleges by U.S. News and World Report, Welch recently opened operations on its new campus across from Station Camp High School in Gallatin. For more information, visit Welch.edu.

Welch College Adult Degree Program in Gallatin Tennessee

Welch College Expands Enriched Adult Studies Program to Gallatin and Hendersonville

NASHVILLE, TN—With the opening of its new campus in Gallatin this spring, Welch College will launch its new Enriched Adult Studies Program, according to Dr. Charles Lea, special assistant to the president for adult education. “Beginning in April, Welch will start offering classes leading to associate’s and bachelor’s degrees tailored for adults who want to go back and complete their degree,” Lea said. Plans call for the offering of degrees in Biology, Business, Christian Ministry, Teacher Education and Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure.

Lea said, “For those interested in learning more about the Enriched Adult Studies Program, Discover Welch sessions are scheduled for January 26 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce (100 Country Club Drive #104, Hendersonville, TN 37075) and February 28 at the Welch College campus off of Bison Trail, Gallatin.”

Classes will meet one night per week and will have both flexible on-campus and online components. The program features value-priced tuition for working adults with full federal financial aid, and credit for life experience is available. Each student in the program will receive a specific and individualized degree pathway, and internship options and placement assistance will be offered. Applications are now being accepted at welch.edu/EnrichedAdultStudies.

Welch College is both regionally and nationally accredited and ranked one of the South’s best colleges by U.S. News and World Report. The college is slated to relocate to its new campus on Bison Trail in February. Welch has been part of Middle Tennessee’s educational community since 1942, where around 400 students from 23 states and three other countries study in a Christian community of faith and learning.

For more information or to apply: Call 615.844.5000 or go online to welch.edu/EnrichedAdultStudies.