President Emeritus, Professor of Business Management
Dr. Jairy C. Hunter Jr. is president emeritus and professor of Business Management at Charleston Southern University. Hunter served Charleston Southern University for 34 years as president before tranisitioning to president emeritus in June 2018. Previously, he served as vice chancellor for business affairs, vice chancellor for development and professor of accounting at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington; vice president for administration at Broward Community College and vice president for business at Blue Ridge Technical College. He also served as dean of student support services and professor of higher education and management at Appalachian State University.
Hunter has served as a commissioner for the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He has also served as president of the Big South Athletic Conference and vice chairman of the South Carolina Higher Education Tuition Grants Commission.
He is a member of the board of directors for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He has served on the advisory boards for SCANA Corporation, Bank of America, Charleston Education Network and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.
Hunter has also been a member of the board of the Council of Independent Colleges and the chairman of the board of the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities.
He earned a bachelor's degree in economics and business, a master's degree in student personnel and a master's in economics and business from Appalachian State University. He holds a doctorate in educational administration and management from Duke University. Hunter is a member of the faculty at the College Business Management Institute at the University of Kentucky; the Business Management Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and The Snowmass Strategic Planning Institute in Snowmass, Colo.
Since Hunter came to Charleston Southern, enrollment has increased from 1,600 to more than 3,600 students.
Hunter, a native of Lancaster, S.C., is married to the former Carolyn Killen, also of Lancaster. The Hunters have a son, Jairy III, a physician, and a daughter, Jill, a nurse practitioner, and four grandchildren. The Hunters are members of Summerville Baptist Church.
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