Stephen Livesay, President
Dr. Stephen D. Livesay, Bryan’s seventh president. Dr. Livesay came to the college in February 2003, bringing with him ten years of administrative and teaching experience at Belhaven University, Jackson, MS, and seven years teaching experience at Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA. Prior to that he taught history, English and Bible and coached cross country and basketball at a Christian high school in Michigan.
During his tenure at Bryan, the college has experienced significant growth, including the addition of online, graduate, and dual enrollment programs; expansion of undergraduate offerings; increased outreach to the community; a satellite campus in Ooltewah; and growth in the Dayton campus physical facilities. Bryan College currently serves approximately 1500 students.
Dr. Livesay earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, an M.A. from Oakland University in Michigan, and a B.S. degree from Bob Jones University. He is past chairman of the National Association of Christian Athletes board, Fellow at the Cornwall Alliance, and hosted a weekly radio broadcast, Life Today, for over 12 years. He and his wife, Corinne, live in Dayton and have three grown children and two grandsons.
Chuck Baker, Vice President of Advancement
Chuck Baker joined Bryan College as Vice President of Advancement in 2016. He leads the advancement team and develops strategies to advance and support Bryan College’s goals and priorities. Chuck serves on the President’s Executive Cabinet.
Chuck began his career with Provident Life and Accident Insurance Company in 1975 and spent several years in sales with AT&T from 1982 to 1989. He joined Unum in 1989 as assistant vice president of information technology. In 1990, he assumed responsibility for Unum’s corporate services organization, and he was promoted to vice president of corporate services/facilities management in 1994. Until his retirement from Unum in 2010, Chuck served in a number of executive leadership roles including vice president of the corporate contact centers, enrollment services, broker compensation, and voluntary benefits client services organizations.
In January 2011, Chuck became President & CEO of Bethel Bible Village, a ministry focused on providing safe, nurturing, Christ-centered homes for children of families in crisis, located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He served at Bethel Bible Village until he joined Bryan College in 2016.
He is a graduate of Carson Newman College with a BA in Math and also of the Mahler’s Advanced Management Skills Leadership Program. He is a past board member of the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga and Bethel Bible Village. He is currently a member of the Chattanooga Rotary Club.
Chuck and his wife, Cynthia, reside in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and have one son, Jonathan. Jonathan, a graduate of Auburn University, and his wife Amy have two children: son, Behr, and daughter, Ava.
Kevin Clauson, Vice President of Academics
Dr. Kevin Clauson has served Bryan as Vice President of Academics since June 2014. He joined the Bryan community in 2009 as Professor of Government and Director of the Bryan Center for Law and Public Policy. He works with the faculty to craft, deliver, and assess quality academic programs for students on both the Dayton traditional campus and at sites serving non-traditional students. Dr. Clauson serves on the President’s Executive Cabinet and Chairs the Academic Council.
Before coming to Bryan College Dr. Clauson was a Political Science professor at Grove City College, President of a small four-year “classical Christian” college, and head of the Government programs at Liberty University (for 19 years). He also founded and was President of The Patrick Henry Institute in Virginia (not to be confused with Patrick Henry College) and has served as an Elder in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (whose founder, Dr. J. Gresham Machen, was asked to become the first president of Bryan College) and the Christian & Missionary Alliance. He was a candidate for public office twice and served on the full-time staff of a Presidential candidate (as State Director) in 2008.
He earned the J.D. (Law) from West Virginia University and the M.A. (Political Science), B.A. (International Affairs), and B.S. (Chemistry) from Marshall University. He was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. He and his wife have five children (two married) and eight grandchildren (so far) and live in Dayton, Tennessee.
Tim Hostetler, Vice President of Student Services & Ministries
Tim Hostetler has served Bryan College as Vice President of Student Services & Ministries since 2014. He oversees the various areas of the college Office of Student Life and Operations area including the Dean of Student’s Office, Outreach Ministries, Campus Worship, Residence Life, Counselling, Physical Plant, Summer Conferences, Food Service, Campus store & Mailroom and Construction Services. He is a member of the President’s Executive Cabinet.
Tim came to Bryan in September 1987 as an Admissions Counselor and has since served as Director of Financial Aid, Executive Director of Operations and Vice President of Operations. Prior to coming to Bryan, he served as Assistant Director of a camp for military officers in Pennsylvania. He has also served as the Administrator of a small private Christian school in the Dayton area.
He is a graduate of Bryan College with a degree in business administration. Tim and his wife Anita currently live in Evensville, Tennessee, with their three children.
Rick Taphorn, Vice President of Finance & Enrollment
Rick Taphorn has served as a Vice President at Bryan College since 2012. He oversees the financial operation of the college as well as enrollment management, information technology, human resources, and the worldview initiative. He is a member of the President’s Executive Cabinet.
Previously Rick served at Missouri Baptist University as Director of Financial Services (2011-2012) and at Bryan College as Director of Financial Aid (2007-2011) and Assistant Director of Financial Aid (2005-2007). He began his career in higher education at Tennessee Temple University as a Financial Aid Counselor (2004-2005).
Rick earned a MBA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Tennessee Temple University. Actively involved in his church, Silverdale Baptist Church, he currently serves as a deacon, small group leader, and children’s church multi-media technician. He and his wife, Roanna, live in Ooltewah, Tennessee, and have two children.