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Belmont Abbey College Appoints Dr. David Williams VP of Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculty

DWA1BELMONT, N.C. (May 14, 2015) – Belmont Abbey College President Dr. Bill Thierfelder announced the appointment today, of Dr. David Williams as Belmont Abbey College’s next Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. Dr. Williams, who joined the Abbey as assistant professor of theology in 1999, has served as interim vice president and academic dean for the past 10 months during the college’s national search for a new academic leader.

“Dr. Williams’ leadership, academic credentials, teaching experience, collegiality and dedication to mission, will help ensure that our reputation for academic excellence and personal formation of our students continues to grow,” Thierfelder said in a statement to the college community.

Dr. Williams has served the College in a variety of capacities: as Chair of the Theology Department, and of the Government & Political Philosophy Department, as Chair of the Professional Affairs Committee which reviews applications for tenure and promotion, and as Chair of the Faculty Assembly. Together with Donald Beagle, the Director of Library Services, Dr. Williams was instrumental in the development of the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan, Promoting Information Literacy Over Time (PILOT), as a way of helping students learn to navigate the many streams of information that deluge the 21st century.

Dr. Williams is the author of the book Receiving the Bible in Faith: Historical and Theological Exegesis, published by The Catholic University of America Press, and often speaks on theological topics or as part of diocesan programs.

Raised on a dairy farm in upstate New York, and brought up a Methodist, Dr. Williams was received into the Catholic Church during his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University, where he majored in Government and minored in Philosophy. After graduation, he earned an M.A. in Christian Ethics at Boston College, followed by doctorates in Political Science and Theology. Dr. Williams lives in Mount Holly, NC, with his wife Emily.

Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks, Belmont Abbey College focuses on the development of the whole person in mind, body and spirit. Located just 10 miles west of Charlotte, N.C., the College is currently home to more than 1600 students.  For more information, visit


Wednesday, May 13, 2015|Categories: News, TopNews||

Belmont Abbey College Gears Up for Biggest March for Life

BELMONT, N.C. (January 20, 2015) – On Thursday, January 22, the 42nd Annual March for Life in Washington D.C. happens and the students and staff at Belmont Abbey College are gearing up for the largest Abbey contingent of students and staff ever. With nearly 100 students and more than 10 faculty, staff and monks planning to attend, the Crusaders will have strong representation at the national event in support of the pro-life movement. At a cost of only $15 per student—which includes a hotel stay in Washington D.C. and transportation to and from the March—Belmont Abbey is able to make joining this inspiring rally affordable for students.

Student and campmarch-for-life-2015us involvement is spearheaded by the Campus Ministries office led by Director Patrick Ford. Each year Patrick and his team put the call out to the campus community to join in this national event to demonstrate the college’s support of the pro-life movement. “I am proud that Belmont Abbey College was able to recruit such a tremendous group of students for our trip this year. This is the largest group we have ever taken to the March for Life, due in part to the deep dedication of our students and in part to the generosity of donors who made it possible for us to offer the trip to our students at such a low cost. I feel myself as moved and renewed as ever by the spirit of these wonderful young men and women,” said Ford who is attending his 5th March for Life with the Abbey.

One of the student groups especially supportive of the March is the Abbey’s Crusaders for Life. This student group focuses on raising campus awareness regarding abortion and is excited to join the hundreds of thousands expected to descend upon Washington, D.C. this week. Crusaders for Life president, junior Abbey student Rebeccah Gerlach, says that attending the March helps her see that the pro-life movement is not a lonely position but one that millions of people support. “It’s both a comfort to know you aren’t alone and an amazing thing to witness. I attend because I want to stand in solidarity and tell the world that we are here and that we matter.”

As the country and pro-life supporters prepare for the March, social media will be flooded with messages of support. Catholic and pro-life media will follow the event closely including the National Catholic Register, EWTN and locally by the Catholic News Herald. Belmont Abbey will use hashtag #bacmarch2015 to track its involvement in the event. In support of this year’s theme, “Every Life is a Gift,” the Abbey’s Crusaders for Life produced their own video found here:

Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks, Belmont Abbey College focuses on the development of the whole person in mind, body and spirit. Located just 10 miles west of Charlotte, N.C., the College is currently home to more than 1600 students. For more information, visit

Tuesday, January 20, 2015|Categories: News, TopNews||