NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College has appointed two new members to its leadership team. Dr. Sandra Rouse has been named Dean of Students and Ralph Patterson has been named Director of Athletics effective immediately.
Dr. Sandra Rouse has been appointed to serve as Dean of Students, a role she held in an interim capacity since August. Rouse began her career in higher education at Newberry College in 1998 as Assistant Director of Residence Life and Student Activities and was named Director of Residence Life later that year. She added another 14 years of higher education experience at institutions throughout the Carolinas before returning to Newberry in August 2014 to serve as Associate Dean of Students. She was named interim Dean of Students in August 2016 and was named permanently to the position this week.
“Sandra brings a depth of knowledge and experience to her work that has been a tremendous asset to the College,” said Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens. “She has quickly earned the respect of her colleagues throughout campus and, most importantly, from the many students with whom she interacts on a daily basis.”
In her role as Dean of Students, Rouse serves on the College’s senior leadership team. She is responsible for providing strategic direction for student-focused areas of the institution, including Housing and Residence Life, Campus Safety, Health and Counseling Services, Student Engagement, Greek Life, Student Leadership, Judicial Affairs and Postal Services. She works closely with departments across campus to develop programs and services that promote student success, support student retention and ensure the timely graduation of students.
Before to joining Newberry College, Rouse served as Director of Education and Research for the National Association for Campus Activities in Columbia, S.C. (2011-2014). Prior to that, she was Director of the Freshman Year and Retention Programs at Voorhees College (2007-2011), where she was responsible for increasing fall to fall retention by 20 percent during her tenure there. Prior to that, she served as Director of Residence Life at Salem College (2005-2007). Earlier, Rouse was Assistant Director of the Student Advising and Recruitment Center for the School of Education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2002-2005), and served as Area Director (2000-2002) at that institution. In addition to her administrative roles, Rouse has frequently been a course instructor at the institutions where she served.
Rouse has received several awards for her contributions in higher education. She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She earned her M.Ed. in Student Personnel Services from University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., and received her B.A. degree with a double major in Psychology and Dance from Columbia College. She also has numerous industry affiliations and certifications.
Ralph Patterson has been named Director of Athletics after serving four months in an interim capacity. He brings a wealth of experience in athletics and higher education administration to his new role and is as a member of the College’s senior leadership team.
A former men’s basketball coach, Patterson made assistant coaching stops at Colorado and Appalachian State before spending seven years leading the Erskine program. He came to Newberry in August 2016 from Lander University in Greenwood, where he served nearly seven years as Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the Lander Foundation. The Boulder, Colo., native also served as the Vice President for Advancement at Erskine College, bringing 14 years of experience in higher education fundraising to Newberry College along with his 18 years of coaching and athletic administration.
"Ralph brings substantial intercollegiate athletics and institutional advancement experience to his new position at Newberry,” Scherrens said. “More importantly, he has a good feel for the challenges facing our coaches and student-athletes in a small college environment. He is committed to leading a program of integrity and excellence. I am pleased to have him on our leadership team.”
Patterson also has sports radio and television broadcasting experience. He hosted a sports radio show in Clemson from 1999-2003, and from 2003-2009 served as a co-host for the Clemson football radio network on the Tiger Tailgate Show and the 5th Quarter Show. He has continued to be a college basketball color analyst, and has done telecasts on Fox Sports South, Comcast Sports Southeast, ESPN Regional, ESPN3, MASN, the ACC Network, and American Sports Network.
“It is both a privilege and an honor to be named to this position and I appreciate the opportunity the College has given me,” Patterson said. “This is exactly where I want to be and what I want to be doing. I’m blessed with excellent coaches and a dedicated staff here at Newberry. I look forward to seeing our talented student-athletes continue to succeed in the classroom and excel in competition.”
Patterson currently serves as a board member of the Lakelands Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Greenwood, Abbeville, Laurens and Anderson Counties) and is also on the Greenwood Rotary Club Board of Directors.