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Your Invitation to make a significant difference at Belmont Abbey College

Through the lens of our Benedictine tradition of prayer and work, we put Jesus Christ at the center of our lives,
emphasizing the golden rule. This requires the development of the whole person—in mind, body, and spirit.
And in true Benedictine fashion, we welcome everyone, from any background and tradition, who is committed
to fostering that growth and joining in the mission of the college. We desire building up a community that
allows for all to freely journey with the Lord.

Join the Belmont Abbey College Parent Council

To embrace your role in the Belmont Abbey Community, we invite you to consider joining our newly established Parent Council. Your advice and counsel as a parent will be important for us as we approach the 150th anniversary of our founding and discuss what the next 150 years will look like here at Belmont Abbey College (BAC). You will also be an ambassador of the college in your personal and professional community enhancing the college’s footprint locally and nationally. In addition, this forum provides a place for parents to gather and help address our students’ needs. The council offers the necessary tools to better promote the great
work happening on and around campus. We would love to have you involved!

Who can join the Parent Council?

The Parent Council is open to all interested parents and grandparents of current or graduated Belmont Abbey College undergraduate students.

Parent Council Benefits

  • Advise Belmont Abbey Leadership: Parents play a crucial role in the future of Belmont Abbey College and that’s why Parent Council members are given opportunities to provide guidance to Belmont Abbey College’s Leadership.
  • Receive Exclusive Invitations: You will be invited to private events with President Thierfelder and Abbot Placid.
  • Engage in Peer-to-Peer Networking: Parent Council members get to connect with other Abbey parents. You’ll have several opportunities to meet with other Parent Council members throughout the year as well as host listening groups with the larger parent community. Not only is your student gaining new friends and making memories, but we hope to provide opportunities for you to make meaningful connections with other parents who are just like you!
  • Gain Early-Access: You will receive important campus updates before anyone else so that your insights can help shape Belmont Abbey’s future.
  • Share Your Story with Prospective Families: Belmont Abbey is experiencing significant growth with our last two incoming freshmen classes doubling in size. You have an opportunity to represent Belmont Abbey to future parents by serving on panels, hosting events in your local area, and mentoring families as they make their college decision.
  • Provide Career Connections and Learning Opportunities for Students: Host interns or externs, speak on a panel for Career Development or use your network to open doors for students.

Parent Council Member Expectations:

  • Commit to contributing their annual membership of $1,000 per year, per family
  • Serve as active ambassadors promoting the values of Belmont Abbey College to other parents and prospective
  • families Voice parent interests to Belmont Abbey College Leadership
  • Attend virtual bi-annual meetings, one in the fall and one in the spring
  • Represent the parent council at Belmont Abbey events
  • Help recruit future Belmont Abbey families to the Parent Council

Parent Council Impact

Your minimum contribution of $1,000 or more towards the “Parent Council Fund”, a permanently restricted discretionary fund, makes an immediate and direct impact on the Belmont Abbey student experience.

Your annual membership contribution goes toward initiatives such as enhancing the student classroom experience by providing faculty expert training in their field, building community through Residential Life and Athletics, socializing opportunities through the Student Activities Department, forming student faith through Campus Ministry groups and retreats, and career counseling through the Center for Career Development. These are just a few examples of the impact you’ll have.

In 2024-2025, the Parent Council will focus on:
• Faculty Enrichment (which includes but is not limited to):
▪ Covering the cost of registration and travel expenses to academic conferences
▪ Providing specialized software and equipment
▪ Funding faculty recognition and awards
▪ Meeting immediate and unexpected needs determined by the Provost

Understanding you are the primary educator of your student, we invite you to continue in their journey towards successfully taking ownership of their faith, life, and ultimately their vocation. The opportunities we provide your student and the entire Belmont Abbey Community are only possible with support from the monks, alumni, friends and you, the parent. We want to continue to provide such opportunities and are now inviting you to help in a greater way. Working together we can prepare each student to lead a life of virtue and excellence and have a significant and positive impact on society at large.

Join the Parent Council Today!

Complete the form below to join the Parent Council.

If you have questions about the Parent Council, contact our Parent Relations Manager, Angela Saunders at or by phone at 704-461-7654.