The American College of the Building Arts

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Lt. Gen. Colby M. Broadwater, III

M.A., Naval War College
M.A., Salve Regina University
B.A., The Citadel

Lieutenant General Colby M. Broadwater, III, is the third president of the American College of the Building Arts. He became president in April of 2008.

President Broadwater came to the American College of the Building Arts after a 34-year military career in which he garnered numerous accolades. During his tenure, LTG(R) Broadwater has streamlined operations and is leading the College's efforts to receive accreditation through the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). He is also credited with reducing the College's debt load, reorganizing staffing levels and implementing programs that have increased student enrollment, even with the current uncertainty of the economic climate – all without any degradation of ACBA's education product.

Prior to being named president, Lt. General Broadwater served on the ACBA Board of Trustees and spent one and a half years working in corporate America, on national and international levels, overseeing multi-million dollar government contracts.

During President Broadwater's military career, he served as a key advisor and staff member at the highest echelons: Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Headquarters, US European Command; Joint Headquarters Centre, NATO, First United States Army Headquarters, III US Corps and Fort Hood. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Lt. General Broadwater commanded operations in Turkey and Northern Iraq.

Lt. General Broadwater is married to Jane Mason Broadwater of Summerville, SC. He received a B.A. from The Citadel, an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and an M.A. in International Relations from Salve Regina University.

Vice Presidents


Dr. Theodore C. Landsmark

VP Academic Affairs

B.A., M.Env., J.D., Yale University
PhD., Boston University
D.FA., (Hon.) Lesley College

Office Hours: M-F 3:00PM - 5:00PM

Dr. Landsmark is an attorney and architect who has served as the President of Boston Architectural College and Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education at the Massachusetts College of Art. He also served as the Director of Boston's Office of Community Partnerships.

Dr. Landsmark has received fellowships from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and the National Science Foundation, and he served on the editorial board for Architecture Boston. Dr. Landsmark also serves as a trustee to numerous arts-related foundations including Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He is widely recognized as an important advocate of diversity and of the African American cause in schools of architecture. He is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, and also serves on the organization's Executive Board.


Chad H. Urban

VP Technology & Veterans Affairs

J.D., The Ohio State University
B.S., University of South Carolina

Office Hours: M-F 3:00PM - 5:00PM

Mr. Urban is an attorney and a reservist with the United States Army Reserve. After serving as an adjudicator in Workers Compensation, he transitioned into higher education, eventually serving as the Director of General Education and Interim Dean at Virginia College.

Mr. Urban began volunteering with ACBA in February of 2013, when he took the time to code the college’s records database from scratch. Following this, he was transitioned into the role of both the registrar and financial aid director for the college.

Mr. Urban is now working in an executive role with ACBA. Overseeing all technological issues, as well as ensuring the college's veterans are taken care of, ACBA appreciates Mr. Urban's tireless commitment to the college.

Mr. Urban also serves as a professor in a number of our classes, with at least one course in every grade level.


James M. Waddell

VP Operations & Administration

B.A., The Citadel
Office Hours: M-F 3:00PM - 5:00PM

Mr. Waddell has been with ACBA since 2010 serving as the backbone of the College. Ensuring that the College seamlessly operates involves a myriad of responsibilities that requires Mr. Waddell to draw upon his 30+ years of management experience.

Mr. Waddell has lead the way on the Trolley Barn project in areas ranging from permitting, plan approvals, and politics. As we finalize the new campus, Mr. Waddell can move on to the next big project!



M. Lucas Dieter Adams

Director of Admissions

B.S., College of Charleston
Office Hours: M-F 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Leigh Handal

Director of Institutional Advancement

M.A., University of South Carolina
B.A., College of Charleston


Stephen Hanson

Chief Academic Liaison

B.A., University of Georgia


Rebecca McClure


M.L.I.S., University of South Carolina
B.A., York College of Pennsylvania

Office Hours: M-F 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Kamilla G. Urban


B.S., The Ohio State University
Office Hours: M-F 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Virginia C.W. Waddell

Director of Finance

B.S., University of Washington
Office Hours: M-F 1:00 - 3:00PM
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