ITC's Executive Cabinet is comprised of four offices. To learn more about each of their functions, click the links below:
Welcome to the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Services. We are responsible for the growth and enrichment of the academic and student life of the Interdenominational Theological Center. In consultation with the faculty and under the auspices of the President and the Board of Trustees, we promote the academic mission of the Center's five constituent seminaries and administer all special academic offices. In particular, we handle faculty personnel matters, academic budgets, systems and planning, as well as promoting the research activities of the faculty. We are proud of the academic programs at our Center and we invite you to view our web pages.
The mission of the Office of the Provost is to provide oversight for academic affairs, including the constituent seminaries, departments, other academic units, faculty and students. The Provost implements matters relating to educational policies and handles the adjudication of student academic affairs. An environment of creativity and support is sustained by ensuring teaching excellence and groundbreaking research through means of faculty development, effective long-range planning, periodic program reviews and the retaining of distinguished faculty committed to teaching, research and service. Quality of the academic program is further enhanced by determining the Center's technological plan and ensuring that the necessary resources are in place to support academic programs as well as overseeing the procedures and criteria for the tenure and promotion process, the hiring of quality faculty, and post-tenure review.
Dr. Maisha I. K. Handy, a native of Chicago Illinois, began her higher education journey at Lincoln University (MO) and received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1989. After relocating to Atlanta, Georgia, she received the Master of Divinity degree with honors from Candler School of Theology, Emory University (1994) and the PhD degree in Religion (Theology & Personality Theory) from Emory University (2002). Dr. Handy is currently Vice President of Academic Services/ Provost and Associate Professor of Religious Education at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia.
As professor, minister, activist, Dr. Handy is committed to the struggle for justice and liberation. She was selected as the Ford Foundation Womanist Scholar in-Residence for the year 2005-2006 through the Office of Black Women in Church and Society at ITC. She is the author of “Fighting the Matrix: Toward a Womanist Pedagogy for the Black Church” and co-author of “Getting Real” in Keep It Real: Working With Today’s Black Youth. Dr. Handy also served as Co-Program Coordinator for the Youth Hope-Builders Academy for high school students of the ITC, Lilly Endowment (2002-2007).
As the founder of Holla If You Hear Me, a forum series at the ITC, Dr. Handy moves hip hop studies beyond the classroom setting. The community forum features hip hop and gospel artists, community activists, scholars, entrepreneurs, and pastors. Participants have included, Joe Stu, Yani, Dr. Daniel Black, former Ambassador Andrew Young, Dr. Ralph Watkins, Minister Server Tavares and numerous other guests who engage youth and hip hop culture. In 2012 she served on the advisory board for the inaugural conference, The Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection: Hip Hop, Education, and Expanding the Archival Imagination, Robert Woodruff Library (AUC), Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Handy was licensed to preach in 1991 and ordained to the gospel ministry in 1994 at First Baptist Congregational Church, Chicago (Baptist & UCC). She is the founding pastor of Rize Community Church of Atlanta. Other accomplishments include serving as a Teaching Associate to Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu of South Africa, Program Assistant for the Black Church Studies Program at Candler School of Theology, and working as Program Assistant and Research Consultant for the Youth Theology Institute, Lilly Endowment, Inc. Dr. Handy is also featured as one of The HistoryMakers, the nations largest African American video and oral history collection. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Iota Chapter, and Theta Phi National Honors Society.
Offices of Provost and Academic Services
The mission of the Office of Administrative Services is to provide exceptional service for ITC students, faculty, staff, alumni and the broader community. The Office of Administrative Services strives for excellence in every endeavor to be faithful stewards of the resources and gifts given from God to ensure educational, missional, and institutional goals are achieved. Furthermore, we strive to provide a safe educational environment that fosters the intellectual, spiritual and communal growth of ITC within a diverse global society.
As a part of the overall success of ITC, the Office of Administrative Services strives to fulfill the following Institutional Goals:
Vice President of Administrative Services
Office of Administrative Services Departments
Office of Information Technology
Office of Maintenance/Building & Grounds
ITC Certificate Program
Print and Design Center
The Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA), working on behalf of the president and board of trustees, is tasked with developing the strategies and implementing the programs that will help ITC achieve its goal of Vision 2015: "to become a citadel of excellence in graduate theological education."
To realize this vision for a brighter future, OIA's primary responsibility is to position the Center as an invaluable resource in Christian education for the nation and the world, and to raise the resources needed to ensure the Center's continued evolution as a preeminent, 21st- century learning institution.
Using tried and true traditional methods, as well as the advances of social media and technology, OIA will develop innovative ways to engage all stakeholders-the Center's five seminaries and the Richardson Ecumenical Fellowship, faculty, students, alumni and current donors-in the activities, accolades and aspirations of the Center.
OIA also will cultivate relationships with corporations, foundations, community groups and churches in such a way that these entities will be inspired to share and invest in the fulfillment of the Center's greatest vision for itself.
OIA embraces the following beliefs and uses them as guiding motivators for its work:
Donor Bill of Rights (PDF)
OIA Code of Ethics (PDF)
Charles has over 20 years of progressive leadership and management in the non-profit, corporate and collegiate sports environments with direct management of departments and special projects. His experiences include tactical planning and strategic problem solving with a focus on achieving continuous, improved business performance.
In addition to vision crafting and strategic planning, his professional experiences include sponsor and partner solicitation, marketing strategies, brand positioning, membership and donor cultivation, special events planning, comprehensive communications management (including crisis management), cloud-based interface, website and blog management, compliance and best practices modeling, budget management, and internal team building.
Prior to his arrival at ITC, Charles was the Executive Director of the Alonzo F. and Norris B. Herndon Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia. While there he created and implemented strategic interim and long-term revitalization plans for the private foundation's primary asset, the historic Herndon Home Museum.
From 2009-2013, Charles was the director of sports information and broadcast operations at Fort Valley State University (FVSU). In his dual role, he created and served as executive producer of the multi-tiered Wildcats Sports Network with a roster of approximately 30 corporate sponsors. He created and launched the city-wide branding campaign, "Our Town, Our School, Our Team," which to-date, has been the most successful campaign for the school's athletic program.
Prior to his service at FVSU, Charles was a founding partner of Imiren Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the nation's first African-American owned pharmaceutical company with its own private label brand of over-the-counter and prescription drugs. In his role as vice president of corporate and legal affairs, his efforts led to new business opportunities totaling over $10 million. He was also responsible for crafting the company's Title 21 Code of Federal Regulation 211 Compliance Program.
Charles earned his bachelor (journalism/public relations) and master (applied social sciences) degrees from Florida A&M University and juris doctorate degree from the Howard University School of Law.
The Office of Financial Services supports the mission of the Interdenominational Theological Center by providing high quality service to the internal and external community through the timely processing of financial transactions, interpretation of Center policy and procedure, and accurate and timely financial reporting. The Division is responsible for managing the overall accounting and overall financial transactions at the Center in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. This includes developing and managing internal controls to mitigate risk; creating and presenting financial reports; and ensuring that the official accounting records of the institution are accurate and timely.
Office of Financial Services