Ariq Skinner

Ariq Skinner currently serves as a Philanthropy Officer at Berea College for most states west of Illinois. He joined the extended Berea family in 2020, and is a proud supporter of Berea’s mission. As a former sales and insurance professional, he has more than ten years of experience in building strong, enduring relationships. Many recognize him as one of the bubbliest staff on the team.

Ariq’s loving grandparents raised him in Louisville, KY. He graduated from the University of Pikeville with a B.A. in English. While in college, he developed a passion for stage acting, vocal performance, and the histories and cultures of eastern Kentucky. He also authored Finding Home, a creative non-fiction short story the Appalachian Studies Association published in 2015.

Ariq lives in Berea, within view of the beautiful Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant. He has a son that cringes at his jokes, and is married to Samantha Dodson-Skinner who works for Partners for Education at Berea College. He is a spoken word poet, bad joke enthusiast, and community theater performer. He looks forward to hearing your Berea story.


At Berea, we believe talented students should not miss out on a high-quality education just because they cannot afford rising tuition costs. No Berea student pays tuition. The Berea Fund touches the lives of every Berea College student in so many ways and enables the great mission of the College by completing the tuition scholarship every student receives.

An endowment gift demonstrates your enduring commitment to Berea College by providing lasting support for tuition scholarships, professorships, campus programming, and more. Contact us to learn how you can craft your philanthropic legacy with an endowment gift.

Guaranteed income for you. Guaranteed opportunities for our students.  Invest in a charitable gift annuity at Berea College and earn the return of a lifetime: fixed income for life and a legacy of providing a tuition-free college education to high-achieving students of limited means.

Contact Ariq by calling 859-985-3017 or emailing