1.0 Introduction


Roanoke College was founded in 1842 when two Lutheran pastors, David F. Bittle and Christopher C. Baughman, opened the school as Virginia Institute at Mount Tabor, Virginia. Five years later the Institute was moved to Salem, and in 1853 was chartered as Roanoke College. The College maintains its partnership in Church-related education with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America through the Virginia Synod, the Metropolitan-Washington, D.C. Synod and the West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod.

From its beginning Roanoke offered courses which were basically liberal arts, a posture the College retains to this day. More than half of its 1,900 students are Virginians. Large numbers of students come from Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Roanoke offers 34 majors, 28 minors, 17 concentrations and six pre-professional programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees.

Roanoke College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees.



Roanoke College aspires to be a leading national liberal arts college, a model of integrative learning, and a community committed to open discourse and civil debate as ways of learning and as preparation for service in the world.


Roanoke College's Mission is to engage students in their development as whole persons through an integrative learning approach that stresses intellectual, ethical, spiritual and personal growth and prepares our graduates for responsible lives of learning, service, and leadership in a diverse and changing world.


Roanoke College pursues its mission through an innovative curriculum that combines a core program in the liberal arts, major fields of study in the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities and fine arts, along with career-oriented, specialized programs of study. Founded by Lutherans in 1842, Roanoke College welcomes and reflects a variety of religious traditions. The college honors it Christian heritage and its partnership with the Lutheran church by nurturing a dialogue between faith and reason. In keeping with its history and mission, the college strives to be a diverse community, nationally and internationally.

Central to achieving the purposes of the college is a strong commitment to liberal education and its vision of human freedom leading to service within the human community. The college's learning goals, therefore, focus upon developing both a student's confident sense of freedom in the world and a sense of purpose in using that freedom. Through these goals the college strives to produce resourceful, informed, and responsible citizens prepared for productive careers and for leadership in community.


Roanoke College is owned and operated by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. The members give generously of their time and effort for the purpose of prescribing policy and providing funds for the successful operation of the College.

The Restated Articles of Incorporation indicate the purpose of Roanoke College "is to establish, maintain and conduct an educational institution for instruction in the arts and sciences..." They further state that the affairs of the College shall be managed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees of not more than thirty-two members. To these members is entrusted the welfare and oversight of the direction and financial well-being of the College. They serve without remuneration.

The President of the College is chief administrative officer. She is selected by the Board and reports to it. The President is assisted in the management of the College by other officers who comprise the major organizational units of Vice President-Dean of the College (Academic Affairs), Vice President-Student Affairs (Student Affairs), Vice President-Business Affairs (Business Affairs), Vice President-Resource Development (External Affairs) and Vice President-College Relations (Admissions Services).


Reports to: Board of Trustees

Job Summary: The chief executive officer has overall responsibility for the operation of the College and as its spokesperson and representative for the College's relations with its major constituencies - the campus community (students, faculty, and staff); parents and friends; alumni; the Roanoke Valley; and business and government leaders outside the local area.


Reports to: President

Job Summary: This officer is the chief academic official of the College. This officer is responsible for developing and maintaining a high-quality academic program, and for providing philosophic and academic leadership.


Reports to: President

Job Summary: This officer is responsible for the prudent fiscal management of the College. This officer supervises business operations, physical plant operations, dining and auxiliary services. This officer oversees the management of the College endowment funds.


Reports to: President

Job Summary: This officer is responsible for the annual recruiting of freshmen and transfer students who meet the admissions standards and goals of the College. This officer constructs long-term recruiting strategies and programs. This officer supervises the financial aid program, and the awarding of federal, state, and College funds, as well as the College's public relations functions including publications.


Reports to: President

Job Summary: This officer is responsible for the marketing activities of the College, other than admissions. These include fund raising, alumni affairs, church relations, and planned giving.


Reports to: President

Job Summary: This officer is responsible for establishing and maintaining a campus environment that promotes the intellectual, personal, spiritual, and cultural growth of students. Areas of responsibility include campus security, housing health services, and athletics.

(see Appendix A - Organization Chart)


It is our intent to treat all people - our employees, our faculty, our students, and our community - with respect, dignity and understanding.

We know that our greatest asset is our people. We know that your job performance and efficiency result from your individual job satisfaction and happiness. Our philosophy is to be frank, fair and honest with you. Roanoke College management will do all in its power to carry out this philosophy. It is our employee relations policy: to pay wages and salaries that compare favorably with businesses in our community and other comparable colleges and universities, to provide the best working conditions that we can, to deal with our employees fairly and honestly, and to trust each employee.


Our College seeks in its new employees many special qualities of character and personality; only through developing these qualities to a high degree can the College hope to earn a high position of respect in our field.

These qualities are:

INTEGRITY - Absolute honesty is expected as a first requirement at the College. Students and the College's other contacts must have complete confidence in the College and in the people who work for the College.

NEATNESS AND CARE - The outward evidence of quality is seen in the neatness and care with which work is done. It should be an unfailing rule that no work should go out of this College unless it is of good quality and appearance.

Every employee is expected to keep his or her work area in proper order at all times and when leaving for the day, insure that the working area is left clean and neat.

PERSONAL APPEARANCE - Too much care cannot be given to matters of personal cleanliness and appearance. Every detail is important. Moderation and good taste in dress are also important, particularly for those who have public contact. Therefore, clothing must be neat, clean, and appropriate for a professional working image. Hairstyles, clothing and jewelry shall conform to the best standards of business and professional modesty.

COOPERATION - The College is a business of human contacts with fellow workers and with students and faculty. Success requires the ability to get along with people, to work well with others, and to show consideration for others regardless of their position. No one should assume the attitude that his or her responsibility is for only one assigned task. We are all working for the College as a whole and should welcome every opportunity to be of greater service.

COURTESY - Our College, probably more than any other business, requires unfailing courtesy at all times. Ours is a business of service and the manner in which the service is rendered is fully as important as the service itself. No act of a student, faculty member, or other staff member, no matter how much it may try our patience, can justify a breach of this rule.

ENTHUSIASM - The person who is outstanding in any group is one who is enthusiastic. Without enthusiasm for your job and the College, you cannot be inspired to do your best work. Entering wholeheartedly and enthusiastically in to the promotion of the College's interest will not only bring greater enjoyment to the immediate task, but it will also mark you as worthy of assuming greater responsibility.

FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY - One of the most important things for each of us is to demonstrate our ability to properly manage our own personal finances and under normal conditions, to meet our financial obligations promptly. Anything done by employees in the management of their personal affairs that might involve the College in legal proceedings instituted by employees' creditors is looked upon as a serious matter. If unusual or emergency situations develop that create a financial burden upon you, it is imperative that provisions for these be made, so that neither actions for collection or garnishment of wages will follow. If a creditor obtains a garnishment on your earnings, the College is required by law to deduct the necessary payment.

LOYALTY - The successful employee will have unquestioned loyalty to the College with which he or she is associated, and will on no occasional publicly dishonor either his or her employer or his or her fellow employees. This is particularly important in our business because the students and general public can sense harmony and unity within the College and place their confidence accordingly. Loyalty does not demand blind faith and acceptance. It may on occasion call for fair and constructive criticism, if it is for the good of the College and offered without malice or selfish motive.


The success of Roanoke College depends upon YOU! That is why we carefully select our employees through written application, careful interviewing and checking of background and references. Our objective is to find well-qualified employees who want to do a job well. We need employees who are willing to work and who find themselves at home on our campus. After all information was carefully considered and evaluated, you were selected to become a member of Roanoke College. We hope that our employment relationship will be a successful one.

Perhaps no other attribute means as much to our students, our faculty, your fellow employees, the public, or to the College as your attitude toward others and toward your job. A cheerful manner, willingness to learn, an intelligent interest in our students, a feeling of pride and loyalty to our College, a spirit of consideration and friendliness toward others - all these together bring about an understanding attitude and a productive work relationship.

At first, you may feel a little strange in our new surroundings here at Roanoke College. Almost everyone starting a new job has had this feeling. However, it will not take you long to get acquainted since this is a friendly place to work. Your fellow employees, especially your supervisor and the Director of Human Resources, want to help you get off to a good start. Please feel free to ask them questions about anything you do not understand.

One of the best sources of information about your job and your benefits is your supervisor. Naturally, we expect you to have questions about your work. When these questions arise, please seek out your supervisor for the answers. Your supervisor will generally have the answers for you at once. If not, he or she will get the proper information for you as soon as possible. There may be things you may prefer to discuss with someone else. The Director of Human Resources will be glad to assist you in any way possible.

We are greatly interested in your family and know that their support is essential to your success and job satisfaction. Go over this Handbook with them and help them get acquainted with our policies. They are surely interested in the way we work and in how your job contributes to our overall effort.

The atmosphere on the campus of a church-related College, and certainly Roanoke College, must be one which earns the respect of the community and the constituency. The professional obligations are primary in an educational institution, but on a small campus in a small community, one cannot overlook the social obligations and conduct of faculty and staff members. Upon inviting an individual to join the faculty and staff at Roanoke College, we assume his or her conduct will be free of actions which would reflect unfavorably upon the College.