President’s Welcome Message:
I don’t believe in accidents. I believe in Divine Providence. If you’re reading my words right now, it’s no accident. God is calling you to look and discern and pray and to say, ‘Maybe I’m supposed to be here. Maybe I’m supposed to be contributing in some way to what God is calling this place to be!’ And I’m hoping that you’re going to come and join us!
Belmont Abbey College is a special place. Our commitment as a Catholic college is a guarantee to people of all faiths of how they will be treated because of what we believe. And although each of us has our own flaws and weaknesses, we are committed to meet each person as Christ, in persona Christi. This is the Benedictine way. By praying, working, listening, and welcoming, the Monks teach us about the Rule of St. Benedict and the way of love. We are called to seek the Truth so that we may know, do, and accept God’s will in all things.
That is the nature of virtue, the habit of doing good. This journey of excellence begins anew each day with our simple morning offering and dedication to carry out the small, practical, tasks of our daily lives with love.
I believe that God is calling the entire Belmont Abbey family to be truly excellent so that in all things God may be glorified. Your reading this page is no accident, so I invite you to visit us and experience first-hand Belmont Abbey’s 137 year tradition of hospitality, personal attention and teaching excellence.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
Dr. William K. Thierfelder
Abbot Placid Solari, O.S.B., a native of Richmond, Virginia, was professed as a monk of Belmont Abbey in 1975. He was ordained in 1980 by The Most Reverend Michael Begley, Bishop of Charlotte. He served at St. Michael Church in Gastonia, NC from 1979-1982, and has assisted in various pastoral and educational ministries in the Diocese of Charlotte. In November of 1999, Abbot Placid was elected the 8th Abbot of Belmont Abbey.
Abbot Placid is the Chancellor of Belmont Abbey College, and has previously served the college as an assistant professor in the Theology Department, as Vice President for Academic Affairs, and as interim President.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Bellarmine College in Louisville, KY in 1974. He earned the S.T.B. degree in Theology from the International Benedictine College of Sant’ Anselmo in Rome in 1978, and a doctorate in Theology and Patristic Sciences from the Pontifical Patristic Institute “Augustinianum,” also in Rome.
Linda M. Delene is Interim Provost at Belmont Abbey College. She has a distinguished career in higher education, including previous service as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Western Michigan University and Vice President of Planning at Kalamazoo College. Dr. Delene earned her degrees from the University of Michigan (BA), the University of Hawaii (MBA), and the University of Toledo (Ph.D.). Prior to her appointment at Belmont Abbey College, she held administrative positions at three private colleges: Marygrove College in Detroit, Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan where she made her home for almost forty years. She has also had administrative posts three public universities, including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and finally at Western Michigan University. Dr. Delene served as a member of the United States Marine Corps and with the National Security Agency in Washington, DC and in Tokyo, Japan where she lived for several years.
Mr. Allan Mark, CPA is the Chief Financial Officer at Belmont Abbey College. He has 14 years of combined experience in auditing, financial reporting and education.
Mr. Mark began his career in finance as a Staff Auditor for Deloitte & Touche, LLP in 2005 where he analyzed client operations and transactions. He previously served as an Internal Auditor for Motorsports Authentics. Most recently, Mr. Mark spent seven years as an SEC Financial Reporting Analyst at Sonic Automotive Inc. specializing in SEC filings and fixed asset project tracking. Prior to entering the financial industry, he spent six years teaching Mathematics at Gaston County Schools.
Mr. Mark earned a Master of Accountancy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as well as a B.A. in Science from Canisius College. He lives near Charlotte, NC with his wife Susie and their son.
Mr. R. Gregory Swanson is the Vice President for College Relations and General Counsel at Belmont Abbey College and responsible for all Advancement and Enrollment efforts. His career encompasses more than thirty-five years of diverse experience including the practice of law in higher education as well as in the private sector, the implementation of higher education institutional advancement and the workings of administration in higher education.
Prior to accepting his latest position at Belmont Abbey College, Mr. Swanson served six years as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and General Counsel at Asbury University in Wilmore, KY. He was responsible for public relations, financial development, alumni, external relationships, giving programs and the legal advice and guidance to the school’s president, administrative and academic departments, offices, and related entities. He began a successful career in higher education there in 1998 as University Counsel and Director of Special Gifts.