2022 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient - Dr. J. Derek Halvorson (‘89)
The 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is Dr. Derek Halvorson who graduated from Charlotte Christian in 1989. In his time at CCS, Derek played varsity soccer and was a member of the varsity basketball team. During his senior year, he was a finalist for the Morehead Scholarship at UNC-Chapel Hill, was the recipient of a full-tuition ROTC scholarship to Duke University, and was appointed to the US Naval Academy. Derek attended Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Ga., where he was a Maclellan Scholar. At Covenant he played four years of intercollegiate soccer, served as an editor for student publications and served as the vice president of the Student Senate. He graduated in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in philosophy.
After college Derek made a short-lived attempt to play semi-professional soccer and then he pursued a career in the financial markets, trading foreign currencies in Chicago for NationsBank. He returned to academia, earning a master's degree in history from the University of Arizona and a PhD in history from Loyola University Chicago. While he was finishing his doctoral dissertation, Derek returned to Covenant College to serve in the college’s administration, first as the college’s director of constituent relations and then as a regional director of development. In 2009 he became the second president of Providence Christian College in Pasadena, California. In 2012 he was appointed the president of Covenant College.
Derek is actively involved in the life of Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, on the executive committee of the Georgia Independent College Association and on the president's council of the Collegiate Conference of the South.
Derek is married to Wendy and they have two children: a son, Banks, and a daughter, Whit. His mother, Dr. Marni Halvorson, taught in Christian’s science department and all three of his younger brothers attended CCS as well.