President's Roundtable holds inaugural meeting
October 09, 2009

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Bryan’s new President’s Roundtable, designed to give community leaders a more in-depth understanding of the college, held its first meeting Oct. 8, and focused on the Communication Studies department.President's Roundtable Chair Roger Panoz, left, and Dr. Livesay


President Stephen Livesay welcomed 23 Roundtable members and told them he hoped they would come to appreciate two distinctives of Bryan College that have impressed him in his seven years at the college.


“First is Bryan’s academic excellence,” he said. “Our students enter, on average, at the 77th percentile of all those who take college entrance examinations. Every student, before they graduate, takes a major field exam measuring their proficiency in their majors. In many programs, students score in the 90th percentiles. From 2003 to 2008 (the most recent year for which scores are available), our biology/pre-med students scored in the 98th percentile.”


The second aspect is the spiritual dimension of a Bryan education. “We don’t just teach and try to fill their heads with information. We want students to be educated with a Christian worldview so that the vocation they choose can have eternal significance.”


Roger Panoz, Roundtable chairman and chief executive officer at Suburban Manufacturing Co. in Dayton, responded, “I think of all the negative things we see, then come here and hear from young people who have their minds right and vision straight…it makes you feel good.”Members of the Presdient's Roundtable


Dr. Randy Hollingsworth, chair of the Communication Studies department at the college, gave an overview of the department, and students Erin Grayson and Phillip Johnston and alumnus Michael Reneau discussed their experiences in the program.


Members of the President’s Roundtable include:

  • Mary Anne Best, former owner of Best Realty GMAC
  • Gary Conner, vice president of UnumProvident Corp.
  • Ken Croom, chief executive officer of Rhea Medical Center
  • Steve Dillard, president of Dillard Construction, Inc.
  • Darrell Edwards, vice president of La-Z-Boy Tennessee
  • Kathy Griffin, director of research and development, Robinson Manufacturing
  • Lurone Jennings, pastor of Bethlehem Wiley Church
  • Earl Marler, retired chairman and chief executive officer, Cornerstone Community Bank
  • Steve Miller, chairman of SouthEast Bank and Trust
  • Mark Newsome, senior corporate human relations manager, McKee Foods Corp.
  • Roger Panoz, chief executive officer of Suburban Manufacturing Co.
  • Martin Pierce, attorney
  • Doug Russell, senior pastor of Grace Bible Church
  • Sam Swafford, president of First Bank of Tennessee
  • Stacy Swafford, retail relationship manager, First Tennessee Bank
  • Sithipol (Sid) Tantihachai, medical doctor
  • Tom Vanderwall, owner of Vanderwall Funeral Home