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Profiles of Deans & Staff


Dwight Magers is dean of men. Dean Magers is a husband and the father of three children. He graduated from Andrews University with a master’s degree in educational administration. Before coming to Southern in 1993, he was dean of men at Walla Walla College.
Phone: 423.236.2992

Jeffery Erhard assumed his duties at Southern Adventist University as an associate dean of men in June of 1997. He previously served as a physical education teacher and dean at three academies. Dean Erhard takes care of housing and room assignments for all residence halls and Southern Village.
Phone: 423.236.2995

Carl Patterson, an associate dean of men, came to Southern in 2004 from Bass Memorial Academy. Dean Patterson has 22 years of deaning experience. His main responsibilities are night check and men's club.
Phone: 423.236.2996

John Sager is an associate dean of men. He oversees janitorial and maintenance in Talge Hall. Besides being available throughout the week and on certain weekends, Dean Sager coordinates Southern’s freshmen mentoring program.
Phone: 423.236.2991

Kevin Pride, assistant dean of men, came to Southern from Forest Lake Academy. Dean Pride had 17 years of deaning experience prior to coming to Southern. He oversees the worship program, desk workers, and TV room.
Phone: 423.236.2993

Karen Caldwell has worked at Southern since 1995. In July 2001, she became the office manager in Talge Hall. Besides office duties, she administers the Onity Locking System (door locks) for Talge Hall, Thatcher Hall, Southern Village Apartments, and Virginia Apartments. She has a daughter, Aimee, who is married, and a son named Christopher. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, traveling, and spending time with her grandson.
Phone: 423.236.2990

Dusty Miller is responsible for housekeeping and light maintenance duties in Talge Hall, Thatcher Hall, and Thatcher South. He has two children, Girean and Gerald. He has worked at Southern for more than 11 years.
Phone: 423.236.2999