Polson to Serve as Division Chair at BJU

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 17, 2016) – Dr. Lonnie Polson will serve as an associate professor of Communication and as Chair of the Division of Communication in the School of Fine Arts and Communication this fall.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Polson is rejoining the faculty and resuming the position of chair of the Division of Communication,” says Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication at BJU. “With decades of teaching experience and an extensive performance history, Dr. Polson brings a wealth of experience to benefit both the students and faculty under his leadership.”

Polson earned a BA (1975) and an MA (1979) in Performance Studies, an MS in Educational Administration (1987), and an EdD in Administrative Leadership and Supervision (1990) from BJU.

Polson served previously on faculty at BJU in the Division of Speech Communication, teaching classes such as Fundamentals of Speech, Classroom Communication, and Speech and Vocal Skills. He served as the chair of the Freshman Speech Department, chair of the Theatre Department, chair of the Speech Education Department, and eventually assumed the chairmanship of the Division of Speech Communication.

In addition to his service at BJU, Polson served as an adjunct faculty member for Greenville Technical College and Tri-County Technical College. He has conducted numerous workshops and given dozens of presentations in the areas of communication and classroom management in venues such as Michelin Corporation, the American Association of Christian Schools, the Keystone Christian School Association, and the Carolinas Association for Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. He is also the author of two publications, The Christian Teaching of Speech and Effective Speech for the Christian, published with the BJU Press.

Polson was also an active member of the BJU Classic Players, appearing in or directing over forty dramatic productions. He also worked with six Living Gallery productions at BJU and played lead roles in four motion pictures from Unusual Films, BJU’s film production company.

“My wife and I are thrilled to return to the BJU ministry,” says Polson. “I’m eager to work with the Division of Communication team to help BJU students become effective communicators for Christ and articulate ambassadors for His kingdom.”

Outside of the classroom, Polson previously served as the pastor of Community Bible Church of Holly Springs located in Inman. He and his wife, Margaret, live in Lyman.