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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||

Belmont Abbey College Thrilled by Supreme Court Decision on Hobby Lobby Case

BELMONT, N.C. (June 30, 2014) — “Belmont Abbey College was the first organization to sue the federal government over the HHS mandate’s infringement on its religious freedom. Therefore, today’s Supreme Court decision is an especially meaningful victory that sends a clear message to the current administration that our freedom is a God given right and cannot be usurped by any group or individual,” said Belmont Abbey College President Dr. Bill Thierfelder. “With the continuing help of the Becket Fund, we are inspired to fight on and we are confident that the resolution of our case will further help to ensure religious freedom for all.”

The U.S. Supreme Court granted a landmark victory for religious liberty today, ruling in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that individuals do not lose their religious freedom when they open a family business. The court ruled 5-4 in favor of David and Barbara Green and their family business, Hobby Lobby, ruling that they will not be required to violate their faith by including four potentially life-terminating drugs and devices in the company’s health insurance plan or pay severe fines.

As Barbara Green said today in celebration: “The Court’s decision is a victory, not just for our family business, but for all who seek to live out their faith. We are grateful to God and to those who have supported us on this difficult journey.”

On November 30, 2013 the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed a lawsuit on behalf of Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic liberal arts college founded by Benedictine monks, against the administration’s HHS mandate. “It is heartening that the Supreme Court has upheld the right to the free exercise of religion guaranteed to American citizens by the First Amendment to the Constitution. We are confident that our 138 year-old Benedictine community will be able to continue to operate our college, as we always have, in accordance with the faith and teachings of the Catholic Church,” said Abbot Placid Solari, chancellor of Belmont Abbey College.

Today’s decision has important implications for over 50 pending lawsuits brought by non-profit religious organizations, such as Belmont Abbey College. In two different respects, the Supreme Court strongly signaled that the mandate may be struck down in those cases too. First, it rejected the government’s argument that there was no burden on the Green’s religious exercise because only third parties use the drugs. Second, it held that the government could simply pay for contraception coverage with its own funds, rather than requiring private employers to do so.

“This is a landmark decision for religious freedom. The Supreme Court recognized that Americans do not lose their religious freedom when they run a family business,” said Lori Windham, Senior Counsel for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and counsel for Hobby Lobby and Belmont Abbey College. “The handwriting is on the wall,” said Windham. “The Court has strongly signaled that the mandate is in trouble in the non-profit cases, too.” The Belmont Abbey College case is now stayed and awaiting decisions from other cases in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Founded in 1876 by the Benedictine monks of Belmont Abbey, Belmont Abbey College strives to carry out a simple mission: “That in all things God may be glorified.” As a Catholic liberal arts college, Belmont Abbey upholds the teachings of the Catholic Church, including the respect for all human life. Participating in a system to provide services such as contraception, sterilization, and abortion pills would contradict the clear and authoritative teachings of the Catholic Church and thus severely compromise the mission and identity of Belmont Abbey College.

Monday, June 30, 2014|Categories: News, TopNews||

Belmont Abbey College Hires New Track & Field, Cross Country Coach

Jay Phillips (center) will coach Track & Field and Cross Country at Belmont Abbey College.

Jay Phillips (right) will coach Track & Field and Cross Country at Belmont Abbey College.

BELMONT, N.C. (June 27, 2014) —  Belmont Abbey Director of Athletics Stephen Miss announced today the appointment of Jay Phillips as Head Men’s & Women’s Track & Field & Cross Country Coach at Belmont Abbey College. Phillips comes to Belmont Abbey from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he was the Associate Head Coach for Cross Country & Track & Field for eight years.

“It gives me great joy to be invited into the Abbey family,” Phillips said. “The Abbey is at the forefront of uniting athletic excellence with virtue, and for anyone who is moved by that purpose, there is no better place to call home. I can’t wait to meet, work with and mentor the young men and women God is gathering to this program.”

“We are thrilled to have Jay and his family join the Belmont Abbey College community,” Miss said. “Coach Phillips is a tremendous addition to our ever-improving staff, and we believe that his unique background is ideally suited to mentor and lead our young women.  Coach Phillips possesses a spiritual, academic, and athletic skill set that will enable him to articulate and to promote the ‘sport properly directed’ initiatives that are central to Crusader Athletics.”

During his tenure at Mount Saint Mary’s, Phillips guided the sprinters and hurdlers to multiple NCAA Division I National Championship qualifications. His athletes earned numerous IC4A and ECAC Championship all-east honors and dozens of championship qualifications.  His athletes broke eight school records, three Northeast Conference records, earned 20 NEC championship wins, two NEC Rookie of the Year honors, 34 NEC All-Conference honors, and 2 NEC Most Outstanding Track Athlete of the Year awards.

In 2010, Phillips started a “Faith and Athletics” program at Mount Saint Mary’s designed to integrate student-athletes vocation in sport with their call to live a virtuous life.  In 2005, Phillips earned his bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary’s in theology and received two prestigious academic awards the Flanagan Memorial Prize and the Sheridan Award. Phillips earned his master’s degree from Mount Saint Mary’s in theology in 2008 and was a lecturer in the undergraduate theology department from 2008 until 2014.

As an athlete, Phillips was one of the Mount’s distinguished sprinters who consistently led the team on and off the track.  A member of the Mount’s all-time top sprinters’ list, he was also a member of the Mount’s All-East 4x400m relay team that still holds the school record.

Phillips and his wife, Dale, were married in 2006. The couple has two children, Adelaide (Addie) and Isaiah.

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Friday, June 27, 2014|Categories: News, TopNews||

Alum receives "Dar Americanism" Medal

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is proud to congratulate Luis Lobo, Executive Vice President and Manager of Multicultural Markets at BB &T, on receiving the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution’s (NSDAR) DAR Americanism Medal. The medal is the NSDAR’s highest honor bestowed upon a foreign born, naturaluis lobolized U.S. citizen whose career accentuates visionary leadership, unwavering patriotism, and an unbridled spirit of service.

Luis Lobo’s illustrious career, spanning over three decades, includes work in international, commercial, mortgage and retail banking. Mr. Lobo, a seasoned professional within the financial industry, also lectures at numerous universities across the country, sharing his insights on leadership, business culture, and the importance of giving back to local communities.

“Luis is a prime example of the valuable contributions America’s immigrants make to our nation,” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “The Dar Americanism Medal is not only a recognition of Luis’ personal and professional achievements, but a testament to the limitless potential America’s immigrants are capable of, both in business and the community. The USHCC is proud of Luis’ continued accomplishments, which serve as an inspiration to America’s Hispanic business entrepreneurs and professionals.”

In 1983, Mr. Lobo earned a degree in economics and business administration from Belmont Abbey College. He also received his MBA from Campbell University, and continued his education at the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware, where he graduated with honors. In 1999, Mr. Lobo graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in the Advanced Management Program.

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of our nation’s entrepreneurs. The USHCC advocates on behalf of nearly 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that together contribute in excess of $468 billion to the American economy, each year. As the leading organization of its kind, the USHCC serves as an umbrella to more than 200 local chambers and business associations across the nation, and partners with more than 220 major corporations.


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Thursday, April 3, 2014|Categories: News, TopNews||

Dr. Eugene Thuot selected for Adrian Award for Teaching Excellence

Dr. Eugene Thuot, Professor of Government and Political Philosophy and Director of the Honors Institute, has been selected as the winner of the Adrian Award for Teaching Excellence for 2013-2014.   Dr. Thuot, who came to the Abbey in 1975, earned his B. A. in Philosophy from Assumption College, then studied Theology at the Abbaye de Brogne in Belgium before earning a Bachelor’s degree in the same subject from the University of Ottawa.  Dr. Thuot crowned these impressive achievements by receiving his M. A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the Dr_Thuot_Honors_University of Chicago.

In recommending Dr. Thuot for this honor, the members of the Faculty Development Committee cited not only the many nominations that he received from his students and colleagues, but also the extraordinary quality of the comments that accompanied them.  Dr. Thuot’s students describe him as “a wise mentor and advisor,” as well as “a friend.”  One wrote, “Dr. Thuot will always have a special place in my heart.”  Another said, “Dr. Thuot is generous with his time, solicitous of his students…[and] a deeply humble and pious man.”  Another student characterized him as “a devoted teacher” who “genuinely cares about sharing the wonder of philosophy with his students.”  Best of all, several students noted, “From him, one can learn not only about philosophy but also how to live a virtuous life.”

The members of the Faculty Development Committee lauded Dr. Thuot for “the outstanding and assiduous work that he does in the classroom,” the many hours he spends with students outside of class, and the customized feedback that he gives them.  Dr. Thuot’s colleagues also cited his “love for philosophy,” his “care and thoughtfulness for his students,” the “clarity and thoroughness” of his teaching, and his enthusiasm.  In addition, the Committee praised him for “his superlative work as the Director of the Honors Institute for so many years and for his passion to ensure that the Institute ran impeccably and attracted students of the highest quality.”

As many of you know, the Adrian Award for Teaching Excellence was established in 1984 by Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Adrian to recognize and reward outstanding teaching by faculty members at Belmont Abbey College.  The Faculty Development Committee selects the winner based on faculty and student nominations as well as on a thorough examination of nominees’ course evaluations and syllabi.

Thursday, April 3, 2014|Categories: TopNews||

Students present papers at medieval history conference

On Saturday March 29th Nickolas Martin and Tammy Martin, both seniors in the History Department, presented papers at “Meeting in the Middle: the Undergraduate Medieval Conference of Longwood University” in Farmville, VA. Both Nick and Tammy represented the department and the college admirably, presenting well-researched papers in an engaging manner.

Each year, the organizers present the Abels-Johnson Award for Excellence to the student who gives the best paper at the conference. The w2014-03-31 Nickolas Martin and Tammy Martin BAC history studentsinner is chosen from amongst the numerous presenters by the plenary speaker, usually an internationally-renowned medievalist. This year’s plenary speaker was Professor William Aird of Edinburgh University in Scotland. From a strong field, Professor Aird decided to award the prize to Tammy for her paper “Leprosy and Kingship: A Questionable Pairing in an Unstable Land,” and gave Nick an honorable mention for his contribution, “The Campaign to the Holy Land that Dethroned a Christian Emperor.” The photograph below shows Tammy and Nick with Professor Aird.

We would like to congratulate both students, and especially Tammy, on this wonderful achievement.

Monday, March 31, 2014|Categories: TopNews||

Announcing Summer School 2014

Get ahead on your degree or get going on a new one, enroll for summer school classes at Belmont Abbey College. Three sessions are available on both our Belmont and Charlotte campuses beginning May 27 and ending July 28. Choose from a wide variety of courses including Rhetoric, Business, Theology, Mathematics and much more.

Registration for classes begins March 18 and ends May 27, the first day of classes.

To register contact our registrar’s office via e-mail at and include the course ID number and title. If you are not yet a current student of Belmont Abbey College begin by applying for admission today!

Traditional students are allowed to register for Summer ADP sessions. New traditional students for Fall 2014 are not permitted to register for summer classes.

For our Summer School calendar and course schedule click here.

Thursday, March 13, 2014|Categories: News, TopNews||

Women's Hoops Headed to Tournament

The Belmont Abbey women’s basketball team earned one of the five at-large berths to the NCAA Southeast Regional, earning a sixth seed and will face the third-seeded Wingate University Bulldogs March 14 in Hickory, North Carolina. Click here for the rest of the article.

Monday, March 10, 2014|Categories: News, TopNews||

Crusaders Sweep on Senior Night

BELMONT — College basketball’s “Senior Night” can be an emotional event for its participants. For Belmont Abbey on Wednesday night at the Wheeler Center, it’ll be a feel-good memory that will last a long, long time for both it men’s and women’s basketball teams.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014|Categories: News, TopNews||