Geneva College

 

 

Ken Carson, Ph.D.

Ken CarsonProvost and Professor of Psychology

Office of Academic Affairs, Old Main
Phone: 724-847-6605
Email: kpcarson@geneva.edu

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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Upcoming Events
Oct26
Reformation Day Service
Metheney Fieldhouse 6:30 p.m.

SERVICE
Service opportunities in Beaver Falls
Students can work with Tiger Pause and the Dare2XL programs.
CURRENT STUDENTS
Branches on campus
The Christian indie/folk band is kicking off the Three Past Three program on October 23.
COMMUNITY
Living in Color: Steppin’ Up—Moving from Theory to Action
The conference, which focuses on getting involved in multicultural issues, will be held Nov. 7-8.
GRADUATE PROGRAMS
MBA program to host Open House
An information session that includes a complementary dinner will be held at the Cranberry Regional Learning Alliance on Tue., Oct. 28.
VISIT EVENTS
Business Day is November 8
Activities for those interested in business majors include simulations and networking with current students, faculty and local business leaders.