Leadership

Roland Colson, Vice President College of Public Service

On March 1, 2014 Roland Colson was named Vice President of The College of Public Service for Bethel University.
     Mr. Colson has previously served as Warden of Riverbend Maximum Security Institution, Warden of Lois DeBerry Special Needs Facility and Assistant Commissioner of Operations for the Tennessee Department of Correction. As the Assistant Commissioner of Operations, Mr. Colson was over all state operated prisons in Tennessee.
     From 2000-2004, Colson served the Tennessee Department of Safety as the Chief Technology Officer as well as the Executive Assistant to the Commissioner. In those roles, he was instrumental in the development, submission and administration of the departmental budget and technological strategies. He worked extensively in the writing and implementation of departmental policies and served as a legislative liaison for the department.
     Mr. Colson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Florida State University. In 1991, he completed his Masters in Business Administration at Middle Tennessee State University. He has more than 30 years experience as an information technology manager, financial analyst, financial manager, information systems consultant and businessman.
 
 
Clay Phillips, Founding Director School of Conflict Resolution
 
In the Spring of 2009 Mr. Phillips approached Bethel University leadership with a fully developed, practitioner-based Master of Arts Degree in Conflict Resolution. In early 2011 Bethel licensed the program with its first Cohort starting in August of that same year. To date 44 MACR students have graduated from the program, many of whom are enjoying new careers as Conflict Resolution Professionals.
     Clay served in the United States Navy for six years as a Cryptologist and Spanish Linguist. He received numerous awards including the Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, and Letters of Commendation from various Navy and US Coast Guard admirals.
     Since early 2007, Mr. Phillips has operated his mediation and mediation training & consulting firm. He contributes his inspiration for the highly sought after MACR degree to his years of experience in the mediation profession. Prior to 2007, he held director level positions with two Fortune 500 companies managing multi-million dollar business units. 
     Clay holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Business Administration from Liberty University. In 2013 he completed the coursework and passed comprehensive exams qualifying him as a PhD Candidate (ABD) at Northcentral University.