Saint Augustine’s University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and masters degrees.  For questions about the accreditation of Saint Augustine’s University, contact the Commission at:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

            1866 Southern Lane

            Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097

            Telephone number: 404.679.4500



  •   CIC – Council on Independent Colleges
  •   NCICU – North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities
  •   CRC – Cooperating Raleigh Colleges

University Leadership Team

Dr. Maria A. Lumpkin, Interim President

Mr. Benardo Dargan, Special Assistant to the President/Liaison to the Board of Trustees

Dr. Josiah J. Sampson, III, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Daniel C. Vélez, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Student Affairs, and Student Success

Mr. Edward Patrick, Interim Vice President of the Division of Business & Administration

Mrs. Debra Clark Jones, Vice President for University Advancement & External Affairs

Compliance Team

Mission and Vision

Mission Statement

The mission of Saint Augustine’s University is to sustain a learning community in which students can prepare academically, socially and spiritually for leadership in a complex, diverse and rapidly changing world.

Vision Statement

Saint Augustine’s University will be nationally recognized as a comprehensive institution with high performing students, renowned faculty, focused community engagement and a strong alumni base of change agents.

Reaffirmation 2022

Welcome to Saint Augustine’s University SACSCOC Reaffirmation website. The purpose of the site is to provide information on the process of regional reaffirmation accreditation. Saint Augustine’s University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Saint Augustine’s University. 

Saint Augustine’s received initial regional accreditation in 1942 under the former name of Saint Augustine’s College and received reaffirmation of accreditation in 2011. Accreditation by the Commission on Colleges signifies that the institution (1) has a mission appropriate to higher education, (2) has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission, and (3) maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives. The next reaffirmation period is scheduled for 2022.

Saint Augustine’s University is currently under SACSCOC Warning for Accreditation Actions and Disclosure Statements. SACSCOC Membership Information for Saint Augustine’s University may be found at:  and enter Saint Augustine’s University into Institution Name blank.


The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges requires member institutions to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) as part of the reaffirmation process. QEPs must focus on the learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning and the mission of the institution, engage participation of a wide range of institutional constituencies in the development and implementation of the plan, and be based on an assessment of need. In addition, the institution must provide evidence that it has sufficient resources to implement and complete the plan.

QEP Committee

Dr. Mark A. Melton, Director of QEP/Dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Public Health

Dr. Mariah Murrell, Co-Chair, International Programs, General College

Dr. Shirlkeymu Winston, General College

Dr. Elizabeth Fournier, Social Sciences

Dr. Charles Ibeziako, Business & Technology

Ms. Elizabeth Lee, Social Sciences

Dr. Anthony Grady, Department of Online, Distance & Extended Studies

Dr. Bernard Luscans, General College

Dr. Patrick Webb, Social Sciences

Ms. Tiffany Tuma, Assistant Dean of the Center of Student Success and Accessibility

Dr. Shawn Lewis, Social Sciences

Student Achievement Data


Dr. Josiah J. Sampson, III

Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs