board of directors

Dr. Rob Gustafson

Chair

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.

Martin O'Connor

Treasurer

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.

tony Foster

member

Tony Foster is the founder and senior pastor of Restoration Worship Center in Greenwood, South Carolina. 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.

Beth Gustafson

Member

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 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 also serves on the National Council of Teachers of English.

Dr. Tom Hellams

Member

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, North Carolina and a visiting professor at the Billy Graham School of Missions 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 204-2018.

Hon. Stu Rodman

member

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 Masters of Business Administration from Harvard University. He served as a Lieutenant in the United States 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.

Dr. Gordon Query

Member

Gordon Query is an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, having served on or chaired numerous Session committees since 1981. He has completed two terms on the Erskine College Board of Trustees. He received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Erskine College in 2013. Dr. Query has previously served as the Moderator of General Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and served on its Executive Committee. Gordon and Leona, his wife of 50 years, have a married son and enjoy spending time with their two grandchildren. He is a retired executive of The R.L. Bryan Company, having completed 30 years of service there.