The Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities (APCU) is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the support and advancement of Presbyterian-related colleges and universities. Our 52 member institutions have found 52 distinct ways to build on their Presbyterian heritage as they seek to impact their students (and the world) in remarkable ways. The result is a broad set of academic, social, and spiritual opportunities available across a diverse array of geographic settings that stretch across the continent.

On behalf of its membership, the APCU:

  • Assists presidents in the development of strategies, models, and tactics that advance their respective institutional missions.
  • Administers programs and services that strengthen and distinguish member institutions.
  • Raises funds to develop leaders, equip chaplains, and support students.
  • Creates/maintains strategic partnerships that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of member institutions.
  • Advocates for the importance of higher education within/across the agencies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Strengthening APCU Colleges & Universities

The APCU delivers a range of resources, information, and distinct program offerings designed to enhance institutional health and drive student success.

Member Resources

Driving institutional success

The APCU provides a range of “in-house” offerings to support the success of member institutions. We also partner with higher education-focused providers to secure special discounts and unique product offerings that help members address mission-critical functions.

Equipping Chaplains

Linking faith and learning

The APCU is home to the Presbyterian College Chaplains Association (PCCA), an organization that supports chaplains at APCU member institutions as well as Presbyterian-ordained chaplains at non-APCU schools.

Strategic Partnerships

Enhancing operational effectiveness

The APCU maintains partnerships with a select group of higher education service providers and associations that support the success of our members through the availability of exclusive products and services, and/or discounted pricing.

Associational Support

Strengthening Our Value Proposition

The APCU solicits support from individual donors, family foundations, and national endowments to help our members address mission-critical areas such as leadership training, spiritual development, and student success.

Additional Information about the APCU

APCU Staff

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Jeffrey E. Arnold | Executive Director

Jeff has been the executive director of the APCU since 2015. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Jeff has served as vice president for business strategy at Ruffalo Noel Levitz and as an owner/partner at 422 Group/Admissions Lab. Earlier in his career, he was the executive director for higher education marketing at The College Board, and a senior administrator at several universities. He holds degrees from Duquesne University and PennState University. An ordained ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Jeff chairs the Christian Education Team at Johns Creek Presbyterian Church in Johns Creek, Georgia.

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Kate Colussy-Estes | Program Associate

Kate brings a considerable amount of experience as an educator and chaplain to bear on her work with the APCU. She has previously served as director of religious life at Elon University and as the Julia Thompson Smith Chaplain at Agnes Scott College. More recently, Kate has served as an interim pastor in the Atlanta area while also teaching at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She is a proud graduate of an APCU member school, Eckerd College, and the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary.

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Sydney Morton | Program Administrator

Sydney Morton joins the team at APCU as the Program Administrator for the Chaplains Certificate Program. She will apply her wealth of nonprofit experience including budgeting, grant administration, and project management to oversee the development of the certificate program. Sydney has bachelor’s and master’s in communication from the University of Dayton. She has worked in the nonprofit world for over twenty years and held positions with multiple faith-based organizations.

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Janna Wofford | Operations Manager

Janna joined the APCU staff in June 2015. She has previously served as the office manager for the Atlanta office of Ruffalo Noel Levitz and as the senior office administrator and human resources manager for 422 Group/Admissions Lab. Janna holds a bachelor’s degree from McMurry University in Texas and a master’s degree from the Teachers College at Columbia University, New York.

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Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities
C/o Agnes Scott College, Box 1102
141 E College Avenue
Decatur, Georgia 30030

Phone: 470.443.1948