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Belmont Abbey College Named “Best” Again


BELMONT, N.C. (September 16, 2015) – It’s that time of year and once again, both the U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review have named Belmont Abbey College one of the Best Regional Colleges of the South. These rankings are a strong indicator of academic excellence, high levels of customer service and a rewarding student life.

For U.S. News & World Report this year’s Best Colleges Rankings edition includes data on nearly 1,800 colleges and universities. The report ranks colleges on up to 16 measures of academic excellence, including graduation rates, selectivity and freshmen retention, to help families compare schools, narrow their searches and make informed decisions. U.S. News made two small changes to the rankings methodology for the 2016 edition of the Best Colleges rankings. This year, the academic peer scores are based on the two most recent sets of survey results, collected in spring 2014 and spring 2015. Using two years of data reduces year-to-year volatility in the results.  best-colleges-RC-South US NEWS

The Princeton Review publishes The Best 380 Colleges and ranks colleges based on surveys of 136,000 students attending these schools. The student survey has 80 questions in four sections which ask students about 1) their school’s academics/administration, 2) life at their college, 3) their fellow students and 4) themselves. Students answer by selecting one of five answer choices that range across a grid or scale. Students’ answers to each survey question determine a score for each college. Similar to a GPA, it is a metric that provides a numerical base to compare student opinions from college to college.

Belmont Abbey falls into the Regional College categories based upon our location and the types of degrees offered.

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 1500 students.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||

Belmont Abbey College Names Olympian Nick Radkewich Head Track & Field & Cross Country Coach

Belmont Abbey Director of Athletics Stephen Miss announced today the hiring of Nick Radkewich a 2000 U.S. Olympian, as the Head Men’s & Women’s Cross Country & Track & Field Coach. Radkewich will begin his duties July 15.

“As a World-Class Athlete, with outstanding academic credentials, former Olympian Nick Radkewich will make a strong contribution to building up our culture of excellence and virtue by mentoring and coaching our student-athletes to double their talents in mind, body and spirit,” said Belmont Abbey College President, Dr. Bill Thierfelder.

“This is an exciting tiRadkewichme for Belmont Abbey College Men’s and Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country programs,” Miss said. “Coach Radkewich’s impressive credentials, proven leadership, and technical expertise combined with the College’s commitment to provide first-rate, new facilities makes for an extremely bright future for our student-athletes.”

Radkewich, who represented the United States in the 2000 Sydney Olympics as a triathlete, comes to Belmont Abbey from Endicott University in Beverly, Massachusetts, where he spent the past two seasons as the Head Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Coach.

“I want to thank President Thierfelder and Athletic Director Stephen Miss for welcoming me to the Belmont Abbey community and the Crusader Athletic Department,” Radkewich said. “Since my first visit to campus three years ago I felt Belmont Abbey was the right environment for me as a coach and my family. I look forward to arriving on campus and preparing for the upcoming year. The cross country and track & field team is already developing into a great program, and  I am excited to engage the student-athletes in making an impact at the Conference Carolinas Championships in 2015-16.”

A former IronKids National Champion in 1985, Radkewich went on to become the 1990 US Age Group National Champion & US Junior National Champion, the 1998 US Olympic Format Elite Champion, USA Triathlon Elite Athlete of the Year, Olympic Committee Triathlete of the Year and also represented the U.S. in the Goodwill Games twice, having placed fifth in one of those appearances.

Radkewich is a certified USA Track & Field Registered Level 1 Coach and has been accepted into the USA Track & Field Level 2 Coach program. Radkewich also is a US Olympic Triathlon Level 1 Coach.  Prior to Endicott University, Coach Radkewich served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Rivier University in Nashua, New Hampshire. His team’s completed their most successful season in over a decade as they won Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Women’s Rookie of the Week twice, one Male Runner of the Week, had male and female overall invitational winners and the women won two team titles.  Radkewich also has served as a manager with the Elite Triathlon Academy (ETA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  In this role, he mentored and the developed the athletes through the rigors of elite triathlon training and adaptation to life as an Olympian hopeful.

A 1993 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration, Management Information Systems, Radkewich went on to obtain his Masters of Science, Sports & Recreation Management-Coaching in 2010 from New England College.

Radkewich will play a key role in the potential expansion of the College’s track & field facilities. Belmont Abbey College has retained CHA Consulting to develop plans for a new facility on campus.

Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks, Belmont Abbey College a small, Catholic, private 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 currently serves nearly 800 traditional students and more than 600 adult students.

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Friday, June 12, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||

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||