Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Wesleyan College
Dr. Fowler received the B.A. in Religion and Sociology from Columbia College, the M.A. in Religion from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, and the Ph.D. in Philosophical and Psychological Foundations of Education from the University of South Carolina. First consecrated a diaconal minister in 1980 and now an ordained deacon in The United Methodist Church, Vivia served churches in S.C. for ten years before joining the faculty of Columbia College where she held teaching and administrative roles from 1986 to 2007. She became dean of Wesleyan College in June, 2007.
As academic dean, Vivia’s duties include overseeing all academic areas of the college including the faculty, academic programs and curricula, library, registrar, academic center, and faculty development center. Previous honors include Columbia College Omicron Delta Kappa Professor of the Year (1995), Columbia College Outstanding Professor (1996), S.C. Governor's Distinguished Professor Award (1997), The United Methodist Church's Francis Asbury Award for Fostering United Methodist Ministries in Higher Education (2002), and the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience's Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award (2003). She led Columbia College's Foundations of Excellence in the First Year of College initiative in 2002-2005 and the college's participation in the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education (2005-2007).
A frequent speaker in churches, Dr. Fowler’s passion is sharing the stories of biblical women through character presentations and biblical instruction. She has developed monologues for ten biblical women.
Vivia and her husband, Richard, have two adult children. Richard lives in Columbia, SC and is Executive Director of the Tri-County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Stephen, an attorney, and his wife Stani live in Charleston. Claire teaches second grade in Cross, South Carolina.