Adina Scruggs, '91
Career Full-time professor in Bryan's Adult and Graduate Studies program
Since graduating from Bryan with a business major in 1991, Adina Scruggs has since returned to her alma mater to give back to adult students.
She transferred to Bryan as a junior because of childhood family vacations to the Chattanooga area, and because her younger sister received a scholarship as a freshman. Even as a transfer student, Adina jumped into life as a Bryan Lion, taking full advantage of the opportunities Bryan has to offer.
"I served as an officer in student government, so leadership retreats and planning events were always a lot of fun," said Adina. "I did win an intramural three-man volleyball championship my senior year, thanks to the other two people on our team."
While her years as a Bryan student hold many memories, Adina did not limit a full life to her college experience. After graduation, she worked in various clerical positions in the Chattanooga area, including a position as a legal secretary, and started her M.B.A. “as a hobby.”
It was her master's work that prompted her to consider teaching, but also the influence of her Bryan professors, who were "so personable and influential in my life."
Most memorable to Adina was the way her Bryan professors integrated their faith not only in the classroom, but also in their daily lives.
"My business professors, Dr. Lay, Dr. Bruehl, and Mr. Hill, were very instrumental in helping me understand the importance of ethical decision-making and why a Biblical worldview affects every decision we make."
Adina worked as a teacher and administrator in Bryan's School of Adult and Graduate Studies while earning her doctorate in business administration and marketing. In January 2013, she moved to a position as full-time professor in the MBA program.
"When I finished my M.B.A., I began teaching some management and marketing courses as an adjunct instructor, not sure if I would enjoy it," she said. "I found that I really loved the redemptive opportunities in teaching adult learners. What I appreciate now is that teaching at Bryan College provides a wonderful opportunity to share what a difference a personal relationship with Jesus Christ can make in our daily lives."
While Adina ranks her academic degrees as some of her greatest accomplishments, her family tops them all. She credits her husband, Gary, to being her biggest fan as he cheered her on and loved her through both graduate degrees.
"Gary and I have three children, Kendall, Jacob, and Natalie, and truly, they are my greatest accomplishment - I am extremely grateful that our Lord chose me to be their mother, as I'm not sure I would have volunteered for the job initially (think three children under four-years-old)."
Adina and her family live in Hixson, Tennessee. In any free time she has, she spends it with her family. They enjoy the outdoors, sports, camping, and traveling.