Longtime PC administrator will retire - President says
A RETIREMENT & THE BEST DESIGNATION.
PC’s VP for Human Resources to retire
Barbara Fayad, PC’s vice president for human resources and Title IX, will retire on December 31, 2020.
“During Barbara’s years of service as director and then later vice president, she developed the human resources office into an essential, independent component of PC’s operations,” PC President Bob Staton wrote in an email to PC faculty, staff and students.
“Barbara has worked tirelessly to recruit and retain staff and faculty, and she has supported, nurtured, and guided thousands of PC employees with a mix of grace, steel, flexibility, caring, love, and compassion throughout both good times and challenging circumstances.”
Fayad has managed numerous policies and procedures at PC, including handbooks, payroll and budget practices, compliance with federal regulations, and provision and maintenance of benefits.
“Her work with Title IX cases has displayed particular patience, perseverance, and professionalism in a way that yields respect and support across all those involved,” Staton wrote.
Fayad has served as a member of the PC leadership team and has worked with the PC Board of Trustees during her years at the College.
“On a personal note, Barbara has been an invaluable friend, confidant, and guide for me throughout her time on campus: as I know she has for many of you, she has provided me wise counsel, clear-eyed judgment, and a friendly and supportive ear when it is most needed,” Staton wrote. “She has displayed an unmatched love and compassion for PC and its employees, and we have all benefited from her dedication, guidance, and support.”
Presbyterian College is the top private South Carolina college in Money's 2020 list of "best colleges"
Presbyterian College is the highest-ranked private institution in South Carolina, according to Money magazine's "Best Colleges in America, Ranked by Value."
The rankings factor in tuition, family borrowing, and career earnings "to find the schools that successfully combine quality and affordability."
"There's a misperception that private schools are only for wealthy students," said Suzanne Petrusch, PC's vice president for enrollment and marketing.
"At PC, we take access and affordability seriously. We've committed to a generous scholarship and financial aid program, which provides opportunities for students who initially might not have considered PC to be within the realm of possibility."
Money's 2020 list of best colleges included 739 colleges and universities in the country. To be considered for the list, schools must have at least 500 students, not be in financial distress, meet certain criteria for graduation rates, and have sufficient, reliable data to be analyzed.
Money ranked the schools on 27 factors in three categories:
Quality of education
According to Money, the six-year graduation rate is "widely recognized as one of the most important indicators of a college’s quality." The average time it takes a PC student to graduate is 4.1 years.
Student quality, instructor quality, and Pell Grant recipient outcomes also factor into Money's evaluation of a school's quality of education. The Pell Grant measurement factors how many Pell Grant recipients a school graduates as a way to analyze how well schools support low-income students.
The US News & World Report ranked PC among the nation’s best at enrolling and graduating economically disadvantaged students.
"One of the many advantages that PC provides is that we offer one-on-one support to students who could benefit from improving their time management, organizational, and study skills," said Dr. Amy Davis, director of academic success and retention.
"We love that our students trust us to help them make the necessary adjustments to college academics."
To create its list of best colleges, Money also calculated a school's affordability by looking at several factors such as the net price of the degree. Money defines the net price as "the estimated amount a typical freshman starting in 2019 will pay to earn a degree, taking into account the college’s sticker price; how much the school awards in grants and scholarships; and the average time it takes students to graduate from the school."
One-hundred percent of PC students with need receive grants to help pay for their education. The average merit grant for PC students is $20,000, and 86% of students' need is met.
"The immersive educational experience at PC adds depth to our graduates' critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, and puts them in demand by top graduate schools and employers," Petrusch said.
"The early return on investment shows in the placement rate. Over the last five years, 95% of PC graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation."
Money calculates outcomes by evaluating a school's graduates' earnings and the socio-economic index. The latter data shows the percentage of students at each school who move from low-income backgrounds to upper-middle-class jobs by the time students reach their mid-30s, according to Money.
More about Money's 2020 list of "best colleges"
Please visit PC's profile on Money's 2020 list of best colleges for more statistics resulting from the magazine's rankings. For more about the methodology used for this year's list, please see "How Money Ranked the 2020 Best Colleges."