Furman's administrative operations are managed under the leadership of nine senior administrators. Covering everything from athletics and student housing to admission and the university's budget, these administrations help execute Furman's strategic plan and goals.
Vice President for Student Life
Connie Carson, vice president for student life, joined
the university in 2008. She previously served as assistant vice
president of campus services and planning at Wake Forest University.
During her tenure at Wake Forest, Carson served as the associate director of residence life and housing and executive director of residential services. A graduate of North Carolina State University, Carson holds a master of education degree from North Carolina State and a master of business administration from Wake Forest.
To learn more, visit the division of student life website.
Vice President for Development
Mike Gatchell, vice president for development, joined the university in 2006 as executive director of development, and became vice president in 2007. He previously served as director of the alumni association and director of major gifts at Furman from 1996 to 1999, followed by five years as senior account manager at Blackbaud, Inc., where he was a consultant for numerous fundraising organizations.
Gatchell earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Furman in 1991 and a master of business administration from Clemson University. Mike and his wife, Heather, have two children, Griffin and Eli.
To learn more, visit the Development website.
Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations
Kelly joined Furman in 2010 and brings over 25 years of experience in market research, strategic planning, and integrated communications management to his position. A native of Baltimore, Md., he previously served at Sewanee: The University of the South, Loyola University Maryland, and the University of South Carolina-Aiken. Prior to his career in higher education, he was a newspaper reporter in Augusta, Ga., and Roanoke Rapids, N.C.
He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1980 with a bachelor of arts degree in English, and earned a master of science degree in communications management from The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Kelly is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Rotary International, and has served on the boards of numerous civic and professional organizations.
To learn more, visit the Marketing and Public Relations website.
Angie Littlejohn is in her third year as Furman University's Legal Advisor. As one of the youngest in-house legal counsels in Division I, Angie remains active in teaching sports law and coaching the Furman University Mock Trial teams.
She has been a life-long participant in collegiate athletics. From her early teens she has worked with CBS Sports, ESPN, Fox Sports, and Raycom Sports as a statistician, spotter, stage manager, and Fox Box operator. She has also worked closely with Clemson University's Athletic Department learning sports information, television, and game operations.
Angie went on to complete her bachelor's degree at the University of Virginia, where she continued her work in athletics coordinating insurance for all student-athletes. She earned her Juris Doctor at Washington and Lee University School of Law. While at W&L, Angie served as a special intern to the director of athletics learning about Division III Athletics.
During her summers and immediately following law school, she continued her sports law studies under her mentor and friend, Mr. Terry Don Phillips. Angie then joined the Fields Law Firm as an associate. From there she joined the staff at Presbyterian College, overseeing all academics for student-athletes, as well as serving as a special advisor for Presbyterian's successful transition to Division I Athletics.
Mary Lou Merkt
Vice President of Finance and Administration
Mary Lou Merkt, vice president for finance and administration, came to Furman in 2003 from Sweet Briar College in Virginia, where she served as vice president for finance and administration. She began her career in higher education at her alma mater, Radford University (Va.), serving as director of internal audit, director of financial services, and later, assistant vice president for finance.
Merkt is a certified public accountant and holds both a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master of business administration degree. She currently serves as vice president of the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers.
She and her husband, Bill, have one son, Christian.
To learn more, visit the Finance and Administration website.