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Dr. Dowless is currently serving his fifth year as vice president for academic affairs at North Greenville University in South Carolina. Having earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Baylor University in 1989, Dr. Dowless began his academic career as an assistant professor of religion at Charleston Southern University. He rose through the ranks by becoming chair of the Department of Religion, then dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and then associate provost. In June 2006, he was named vice president for academic affairs at North Greenville University. At both North Greenville and Charleston Southern, Dr. Dowless served on SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation leadership teams and helped lead the two institutions through successful 10-year reaffirmation processes. He also helped acquire the largest single scholarship endowment at Charleston Southern, approximately $500,000 from Charleston Heights Baptist Church. Throughout his career, Dr. Dowless has supported athletic programs as avenues for education and ministry.
Dr. Dowless holds the Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In December 2009, he earned the Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University with an emphasis in fundraising and marketing.
An ordained minister, Dr. Dowless has served as a supply pastor, as a pastor, and as a guest speaker at Baptist Pastor’s Conferences and at Baptist Associations. He and his wife, Teresa, are dedicated to global missions and have led mission trips. He has taken part in mission trips, study tours and travel experiences in Mexico, Romania, Hungary, England, Scotland, Canada, Germany, the Caribbean, Guatemala, Costa Rica, France, and the Czech Republic.
Founded in 1873, Shorter University is a Christian university committed to excellence in education. Since 2003, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Shorter among the South’s best baccalaureate colleges, and The Princeton Review annually includes Shorter on its lists of best value and best Southeastern colleges. The university offers traditional bachelor’s degree programs in 48 major areas as well as undergraduate degree programs for working adults, master’s programs, and online courses and degrees. For more information, visit www.shorter.edu.
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