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CIU Welcomes New Church Planting Chair

CIU’s College of Intercultural Studies welcomes

Dr. Victor Cuartas to the faculty. Cuartas assumes

the Elmer V. Thompson Chair for Missionary

Church Planting that was previously occupied by

Dr. Mike Barnett who went to be with the Lord in

August of 2015.

Cuartas is originally from Cali, Colombia. For over

20 years he served in church planting and mission

work in Colombia, North America, and North

Africa. For the last 10 years, he has taught missions

at Regent University. Cuartas earned a Doctor of

Ministry degree from Regent and is completing

a Ph.D. in Missiology through the Oxford Centre

for Mission Studies (Middlesex University). Having

served as the director of research for COMINHA

(Latin American mission network), Cuartas has contributed a number of scholarly

articles in both English and Spanish and is the author of the book, “Empowering

Hispanic Leaders.”

Dr. Ed Smither, dean of the College of Intercultural Studies says that as a Latin

American missiologist, Cuartas will bring an even greater global perspective on

mission and church planting to CIU, and added, “I think Mike Barnett would be


Tilton Retires after 42 Years

As co-workers gathered around Roger Tilton to wish him well in retirement, the venue

was particularly meaningful. He stood in the middle of the Ram Shack, the popular

student hang out that Tilton helped transform from a campus bookstore just a few

years ago.

“We tried to develop (The

Ram Shack) to meet the

needs of our students,” the

departing business manager

said. “This is all about


Tilton held a number of staff

positions on the business

management side of CIU for

42 years.

Tilton’s longtime supervisor, Vice President Keith Marion, noted that over the years,

many students wanted to work in the bookstore under Tilton’s management, even

though the work was hard and the hours inconvenient. Turns out Tilton and his wife

Polly were inviting the students to their house for meals.

“I learned that Roger and Polly took care of the students,” Marion said. “And then I

got to know some of the students who worked for Roger, and found out they became

a part of his family.”

Former Mayor Named

CIU Community


Former Lexington, South Carolina mayor

Randy Halfacre is CIU’s new community

ambassador. Halfacre served as mayor

from 2004 to 2013 leading the town

to become one of the fastest growing

municipalities in South Carolina. He is

also a former president and CEO of the

Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors

Center, and assisted in the establishment

of the MidState Chambers Coalition.

Halfacre’s professional career includes

managing business development for

Lesesne Industries in West Columbia,

South Carolina, and for 30 years he held

a number of leadership positions in

South Carolina state government, retiring

as deputy director of the Department of

Labor, Licensing & Regulation.

At CIU, Halfacre will communicate the

mission and vision of the school to the

Columbia area while cultivating donors

among individuals and corporations.

He says he became interested in CIU

after learning about the breadth of CIU’s

academic programs.

“I’m going to be using my contacts

to broaden the understanding and

awareness of CIU while generating

resources to expand the mission of CIU,”

Halfacre said.

Dr. Victor Cuartas

Roger Tilton

Randy Halfacre



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