board of directors


Dr. Rob Gustafson – Chair
Due West, SC

Dr. Rob Gustafson is the 17th President of Erskine College. Gustafson was called into educational service during his undergraduate years at the University of Virginia, where he was a scholarship football standout.  After a season of service as a teacher, Gustafson obtained a position as the head of school at Jackson Preparatory School in Jackson, Mississippi where he served for five years. Subsequently, He was hired as the head of school at the prestigious Stony Brook School in New York – a position he held for 15 years.  Gustafson holds a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Columbia University Teachers College and a Doctorate of Ministry from Erskine Theological Seminary.  He and his wife, Beth have two children and one grandchild. Upon the announcement of the Charter Institute at Erskine, Gustafson said, “The Charter Institute at Erskine gives us an opportunity to offer a service to the state that provides for broader options for elementary and secondary schooling. Our oversight will help to assure that these schools operate excellent and productive programs.”


Beth Gustafson – Member
Greenville, SC

Beth Gustafson has served for the past seven years as an Upper School English Teacher at Shannon Forest Christian School in Greenville. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Virginia, and a Master’s in teaching English from the Columbia University Teachers College in New York. Gustafson began her teaching career in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at The Dunham School where she served as a Middle and Upper School English Teacher. After spending one year there, Gustafson relocated to New York where she taught middle school English at the Stony Brook School for 14 years. Gustafson serves on the National Council of Teachers of English.


Martin O’Connor – Treasurer
Greenville, SC

Martin O’Connor has served as Treasurer for the Charter Institute at Erskine since July 2017. O’Connor has more than 30 years of business management experience in Finance, Operations, Logistics, Purchasing, IT, and Human Resources. He has served as a C-level executive for the past 20 years in numerous companies primarily in the manufacturing sector. His experience includes work at large multi-billion dollar companies such as Michelin Tire Corporation and smaller companies that were greenfield start-ups. O’Connor enjoys working with an organization that is focused upon developing young people to become highly productive and wise American citizens.







Dr. Tom Hellams – Member
Due West, SC

Dr. Tom Hellams joined the Erskine College administrative team as Provost in July 2018. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Erskine, Hellams earned a Masters of Arts, Masters of Divinity, and a Doctorate of Ministry from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. Hellams began his career with the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary serving as the President’s chief of staff. He then served as a distinguished visiting professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, and a visiting professor at the Billy Graham School of Missions at Southern in Louisville. Hellams served as the Vice President for Corporate Relations at Lifeway Christian Resources in Nashville from 2006-2014 before returning to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as Vice President for Denominational Relations from 2014-2018.

Tony Foster – Member

Greenwood, SC

Tony Foster is the founder and senior pastor of Restoration Worship Center in Greenwood. Foster has served in the pulpit for over 28 years. He is also a member of the visionary team for the Destiny Network of Churches. Foster has worked as a Health Educator and Counselor for the University of South Carolina’s social work department. He is a certified Master Life Coach and Trainer. Foster received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Christian Bible Institute and Seminary.









Hon. Stu Rodman – Member
Hilton Head, SC

Stu Rodman serves as the Chairman of the Beaufort County Council where he represents Hilton Head Island. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. He served as a Lieutenant in the US Army and is an elder in the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Rodman and Nina, his wife of 44 years, have two married children and reside in Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island. Mr. Rodman holds leadership positions on the boards of several national Christian ministries. Mr. Rodman has also held manufacturing, finance and general management positions with several major corporations. He has also served as a Commissioner on the Governor’s Commission on Management, Accountability and Performance, a member of the Task Force on School Funding for the State Superintendent of Education, and a member of the Beaufort County Board of Education.