Saint Augustine’s University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Saint Augustine’s University may be directed in writing to the: 

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC)

1866 Southern Lane

Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097

or by calling: 404.679.4500

or by using the information available on SACSCOC’s website: (


  •   CIC – Council on Independent Colleges
  •   NCICU – North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities
  •   CRC – Cooperating Raleigh Colleges

University Leadership Team

Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail, President

Mr. Benardo Dargan, Vice President and Chief of Staff

Dr. Mark Melton, Interim Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Leslie Rodriquez-McClellon, Senior Vice President of Student Experience & Operations

Mr. Eugene Nicholas, Interim Vice President of the Division of Business & Administration

Dr. Carolyn Carter, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Marketing & Communications

Ms. Veronica Creech, Vice President for Economic Development & External Engagement

Dr. Terry Kidd, Vice President for Strategic Planning, Research, Technology & Innovation

Mission and Vision

Mission Statement

The mission of Saint Augustine’s University is to sustain a learning community in which students can prepare academically, socially and spiritually for leadership in a complex, diverse and rapidly changing world.

Vision Statement

Saint Augustine’s University will be nationally recognized as a comprehensive institution with high performing students, renowned faculty, focused community engagement and a strong alumni base of change agents.

SACSCOC Reaffirmation of Accreditation 2023

Saint Augustine’s University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Saint Augustine’s University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling 404.679.4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Saint Augustine’s University received initial regional accreditation in 1942 under the former name of Saint Augustine’s College. Accreditation by the Commission on Colleges signifies that the institution (1) has a mission appropriate to higher education, (2) has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission, and (3) maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.

Reaffirmation of accreditation is a process which ensures that member institutions maintain continuing compliance with Commission policies and the Principles of Accreditation – the accreditation standards of the membership. Reaffirmation occurs every 10 years, with a fifth year interim report due in between.  Saint Augustine’s University last received reaffirmation of accreditation in 2011 and is preparing for the next reaffirmation period scheduled for 2023.

Saint Augustine’s University is currently under SACSCOC Warning for Accreditation Actions and Disclosure Statements. SACSCOC Membership Information for Saint Augustine’s University may be found at:  by entering  its name in the Institution Name space.

Reaffirmation Steering Committee

The Reaffirmation Steering Committee has been set up to address the 14 sections of the Principles of Accreditation.

Sections of the Principles of Accreditation Committee Chair
SECTION 1: The Principle of Integrity A.D. Williams/Rev. H. Stephens
SECTION 2: Mission S. McKay
SECTION 3: Basic Eligibility Standard L. McClellon 
SECTION 4: Governing Board B. Dargan
SECTION 5: Administration and Organization V. Creech/N. Crouse
SECTION 6: Faculty M. Melton
SECTION 7: Institutional Planning and Effectiveness T. Kidd
SECTION 8: Student Achievement L. McClellon
SECTION 9: Educational Program Structure and Content K. Bass/S. Lewis
SECTION 10: Educational Policies, Procedures, and Practices M. I. Moses
SECTION 11: Library and Learning/Information Resources T. Nevels
SECTION 12: Academic and Student Support Services C. Love
SECTION 13: Financial and Physical Resources E. Nicholas
SECTION 14: Transparency and Institutional Representation C. McPhail
QEP Director/Co-Director S. Winston/E. Fournier


The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges requires member institutions to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) as part of the reaffirmation process. QEPs must focus on the learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning and the mission of the institution, engage participation of a wide range of institutional constituencies in the development and implementation of the plan, and be based on an assessment of need. In addition, the institution must provide evidence that it has sufficient resources to implement and complete the plan.

QEP Committee

Dr. Shirlkeymu Winston, Director of QEP

Dr. Elizabeth Fournier, Co-Director of QEP

Dr. Anthony Grady, Department of Extended Studies

Dr. Charles Ibeziako, Business & Technology

Ms. Elizabeth Lee, Social Sciences

Dr. Bernard Luscans, General College

Dr. Patrick Webb, Social Sciences

Ms. Tiffany Tuma, Assistant Dean of the Center of Student Success and Accessibility

Dr. Shawn Lewis, Director of MPA Program

Dr. Kengie Bass, Dean, General College

Rev. Hershey Stephens, University Chaplain

Dr. Kelcy Walker Pope, Sciences, Mathematics & Allied Health

1st Lieutenant Isaac Owusu, ROTC/Military Science

Dean Ann Brown, Dean of Students

Mr. Eugene Nicholas, Business and Finance

Dr. Cindy Love, Student Affairs

Ms. Cianna Jackson, Marketing & Communications

Mr. Angelo Williams, Marketing & Communications

Dr. Marnie Arkenberg, Academic Assessment

Dr. Laverne Weldon, SACSCOC Liaison

Prof. Jana Washington, English

Dr. Mark A. Melton, Interim Provost – Ex Offico

Student Achievement Data


Dr. Mark Melton

Interim Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs


Dr. LaVerne R. Weldon

Director of Accreditation and Compliance