Carolina University Ph.D. in Leadership

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  1. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    I was more concerned with the fact that I couldn't find any information on the president's education.
  2. Courcelles

    Courcelles Active Member

    Can’t say I’ve seen many bios this ambiguous about his history. No indication where or in what he got his doctorate?
  3. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    "Dr. Charles Petitt was born in Abingdon, Virginia and is a graduate from Easley Christian School. Dr. Petitt graduated from Baptist University of America in 1985 with a Bachelor of Theology." (

    "Tennessee Temple’s legacy will be preserved through the continuation of Temple Baptist Seminary as a school of Piedmont International University. Petitt is proud to have a diploma from Temple Baptist Seminary hanging on his office wall"

    "In 2002, Dr. Wilburn stepped down as President to concentrate on his ministry as pastor of Salem Baptist Church. He currently holds the advisory position of Chancellor to the fifth President of Piedmont, Charles Petitt. In 2002, Charles Petitt received an honorary doctorate from Temple Baptist Seminary." (

    Petitt took over in 2002. Temple Baptist Seminary merged into then-Piedmont International University in 2005. Piedmont was renamed Carolina University in 2020. Is it possible President Petitt has only a Bachelor's degree and an honorary doctorate? He is identified as "Charles Petitt, D.D." in this 2018 journal from the university. (
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  4. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    The only other thing I can find out about him is that he was a missionary to St. Vincent, which is weird to me because the whole Eastern Caribbean is a steadfast bastion of Christendom if ever there were one.
  5. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Well-Known Member

    It may come as a complete shock to a non-cynic as yourself! …but there, just may, be people who use “mission trips” as externally funded or tax advantageous… vacations… Don’t the people of St Barts also need… hey, it’s margarita time!
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  6. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Well-Known Member

    Not just President but President AND CEO!

    Details young padawan… always pay attention to the small details!
  7. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Well-Known Member

    Great google-fu! To make it more interesting, there appears to be a few entities that are or were going by Baptist University of America, and at least some were not accredited… it’s entirely possible he doesn’t have any accredited degree. Also note the timing of the honorary degree and his promotion. Shrugs.
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  8. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    I've known some Peace Corps volunteers like that, so you're right, I shouldn't be surprised.

    In fairness, though, there's not always a lot for PCVs to do in Dominica, especially since they can't teach English because everyone already speaks it. There was one PCV who was assigned to a village that really didn't need his help for anything, but they liked him and wanted to find something for him to do, so they put him in charge of the snack bar during weekend cricket games. (I think I remember he went home early.)
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  9. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member


    Technically, an honorary doctorate is a doctorate. "All the rights here unto...." and all that jazz.

    Our colleague, John Bear, used to describe the beginnings of graduate study in America where the Harvard College faculty (all three of them) had no faculty with a doctorate--and as Puritans, no English university would award one. Yet, there's the tradition that it takes a doctor to make a doctor. So, they got together to award one of them an honorary doctorate. He (Cotton Mather?) then bestowed earned doctorates on the other two. Thus began graduate education in America.
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  10. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    I'm reminded of Napoleon at his coronation putting the imperial crown on his own head rather than allowing the Pope to do it.
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  11. Maxwell_Smart

    Maxwell_Smart Active Member

    Hey, I ain't go'in to no Bellevue!
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  12. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Omaha? In December?
  13. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    Okay, Midnight Cowboy! LOL!
  14. Maxwell_Smart

    Maxwell_Smart Active Member

    Haha, not quite.

    I was actually referencing the Seinfeld version of the quote, but good catch.

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