B. Keith Faulkner was appointed the fourth President of Charleston Southern University on July 26, 2023.

Faulkner earned his Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Business Administration from Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law. He also holds an LLM in litigation management from Baylor University School of Law. In 1998, he graduated with honors from Charleston Southern University, with a BS in business administration-finance emphasis—where he won the Outstanding Business Administration Student Award that same year. 

Before being selected president of CSU, Faulkner had 20 years of higher education experience; he served as president and dean of Appalachian School of Law in Virginia. Prior to this, he served as the dean of Liberty University School of Law and the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business at Campbell University. He also served as interim dean at Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law. Over his career, he and his teams have launched online programs, developed innovative partnerships with industry, enjoyed success in fundraising, and many other notable accomplishments. 

A native of Montgomery County, North Carolina, Faulkner and his high school sweetheart, Patty, have been married for 31 years. They have three children: Hannah, Erin, and Ryan. Read More.

64 Questions with
President Faulkner

Did you know that President Faulkner worked as a DJ while attending school here? Want to know more about his career as a submarine nuclear power plant operator? Can you guess his favorite dance moves? Get to know Charleston Southern University’s 4th president in this 64 question rapid-fire interview!

90-Day Prayer Initiative

Leading up to President Faulkner’s first day on campus, the Office of Spiritual Life led the University through a 90-Day Prayer Initiative. The goal was to encourage the campus community and local churches to pray for President Faulkner and his family during their earliest days at the institution. As we look forward to the inauguration, we can reflect on the prayers that led us to this historic day for Charleston Southern.

Schedule of Events

  • 7 p.m. Buccaneer Ball (students only)
  • 11 a.m. Summit Church Service – Lightsey Chapel Auditorium
  • 2 p.m. Women’s Tennis vs. UNC Asheville – Buccaneer Tennis Complex 
  • 2 p.m. Softball vs. USC Upstate – CSU Softball Complex 
  • 4 p.m. Softball vs. USC Upstate – CSU Softball Complex 
  • 5 p.m. Prayer and Worship Service (Passion Week) – Jones Hall
  • 6 p.m. Cookout – Intramural Field/Costin Plaza
  • 10 a.m. Campus Tours – Lightsey Chapel Portico
  • 12:30 p.m. Delegate and VIP Registration – Lightsey Chapel Portico/Lobby
  • 2 p.m. Inauguration Ceremony – Lightsey Chapel Auditorium
  • 3:30 p.m. Reception – Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership, Drew Conference Center 102/103 (faculty, staff, and invited guests only)
  • 6 p.m. Dinner – Dining Hall (invited guest only)

*Classes will be moved to asynchronous online at Noon on Monday, March 25 to allow students and faculty to attend the inauguration ceremony. Lunch and Dinner will be held in the Brewer Center for campus to allow for a private event in the Dining Hall.

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