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Senior Administration

Vice President for Development Marc Erickson

Marc M. Erickson CFP
Vice President


Marc Erickson is vice president for development at Covenant College and executive director of the Covenant College Foundation.


In his capacity as vice president for development, Marc oversees alumni relations, church relations, development, and planned giving. He has led the Covenant College Foundation since 2010. Marc holds a B.A. in business from Covenant College and has previous sales and management experience with Northwestern Mutual and BB&T Huffaker Trimble.


Marc and his wife, Greta, have three children, Grace, Wally, and Mack, and are members of Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, where Marc serves as an elder.



Vice President for Academic Affairs Jeff Hall

Dr. Jeffrey B. Hall
Vice President


Jeff Hall is vice president for academic affairs at Covenant College.


Jeff has served as vice president of the College since 2003. Previously, he held roles as chief academic officer, dean of faculty, dean of the Master of Education program, and associate professor of education, all at Covenant.


Jeff earned an A.B. in elementary education from Grove City College and an M.Ed. from the University of Slippery Rock (PA), also in elementary education. His Ed.D. is from the University of Tennessee in educational administration and supervision with collateral studies in American higher education and in industrial and organizational psychology.


Before coming to Covenant, Jeff served as elementary principal and curriculum coordinator at Chattanooga Christian School and teaching principal at Jubilee Christian School in Grove City, Pennsylvania.


Jeff and his wife, Lynn, have four children, all of whom have attended Covenant College: Abigail, Nathan, Sarah, and Micah.



Vice President for Operations and Finance Fred Verwoerd

Fred Verwoerd
Vice President


Fred Verwoerd is vice president for operations and finance at Covenant College.


As vice president for operations and finance, Fred Verwoerd provides oversight and leadership in the departments of finance, human resources, information technology, facilities, and business operations. Fred holds a B.A. in business administration from Dordt College and is a licensed CPA. Fred served previously at Redeemer University College in Ontario, Canada, as vice president of administration and finance for five years and as interim president for eighteen months.


Fred and his wife, Amy, have four grown children and are currently in the process of transitioning from Canada to Lookout Mountain.




Vice President for Student Development

Dr. Brad Voyles
Vice President


Brad Voyles is vice president for student development and dean of students at Covenant College and has served at Covenant since 2005. Prior to coming to Covenant, Brad served as the dean of students at Belhaven College.


In his capacity as vice president for student development, Brad has oversight of areas including residence life, student life and leadership, academic support and student success, the Center for Calling & Career, health and counseling services, safety and security, and intercollegiate, intramural, and club athletics.


Brad earned an Ed.D. in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University, a M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary, a M.S.Ed. in educational administration from Southern Illinois University, and a B.A. in biological sciences from DePauw University.


Brad and his wife, Kelli, have three children: Coby, Will, and Cate. The Voyles belong to Chattanooga Valley Presbyterian Church where Brad serves as a ruling elder.



Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management

Brad Tomas
Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management


Brad Tomas is assistant vice president for enrollment management at Covenant College and has served Covenant since the spring of 2019. Prior to joining Covenant, Brad served his alma mater, Samford University, for over 11 years in various roles within the Admission Office.


In his role as assistant vice president for enrollment management, he oversees the office of Admission and the office of Financial Aid.


Brad has earned a M.T.S from Beeson Divinity School and a B.A. in Religion from Samford University.


Brad and his wife Kelly, have two children, Graham and Olivia.



Karen Nelson - Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness

Karen Nelson
Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness


Karen K. Nelson, Ph.D. is Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness. In addition, she teaches courses in natural science and biology.


Karen received her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in molecular biology and did her post-doctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.


Karen is married with two children and is a member of Mountain Fellowship Church.