Provost and Professor of Psychology
Office of Academic Affairs, Old Main
Provost Ken Carson is the chief academic officer of Geneva College. In this role, he leads faculty and staff as they serve students in the areas of academic programs, student development and athletics. Among other things, the provost advocates for the needs of, and oversees the budget for, Geneva’s curricular and co-curricular programs; facilitates overall academic planning and development; and in consultation with the faculty, recommends the appointment, retention, tenure and promotion of faculty members to the president. The provost is also responsible for convening the Leadership Team and coordinating ongoing operations of the college.
Carson graduated from Geneva College in 1979 with a degree in business administration and went on to earn his master’s (1984) and doctorate (1985) in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Akron. After teaching at Cal Poly University in Pomona, Arizona State University, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, he returned to Geneva College as an associate professor of business in 1999. He moved to the psychology department in 2002 before being appointed Vice President of Academic Affairs in 2005. Carson assumed the role of provost in 2009.
“I could describe myself in many ways — college administrator, professor, husband, father, ex-skate boarder, 50-something, quickly balding,” he says. “But easily, my most important descriptor is that I am a Christian. Simply put, I believe. I have faith that Jesus Christ paid the penalty for my great sin and that because of that, I have hope in this life and next. I believe that my most basic task is to glorify God and to seek to enjoy him. These beliefs, and the many others that accompany them, are definitional to my work.
“There is a small set of colleges, most of them members of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), which take the claims of Christ and a biblical worldview very seriously. I am privileged to be an administrator at a college that seeks to build students up in their faith, to help students love God with their mind, to challenge students to plumb the rich depths of Scripture and seek to apply it to every area of their life. The Christian faith has everything to do with the tasks that I take up daily. We want to help students develop a sense of what the Christian life is all about — not just in Bible class and chapel, and not just in the classroom. Students are called to be Christians wherever they are.”
Dr. Carson and his wife, Jean, are members of College Hill Reformed Presbyterian Church in Beaver Falls. They have five children, including three adoptees who are Vietnamese by birth.
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Geneva students have the opportunity each summer to attend Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies to develop practical methods of caring for the environment.