College Administration, Faculty, and Staff
Administrative Offices Staff
Board of TrusteesIn accordance with the Charter and Bylaws of Bryan College, all members of the Board of Trustees are "born again Christian men and women with a sound Christian testimony." The Trustees are charged with ensuring the present viability and future success of the College. The Charter stipulates that the board "shall be the exclusive and ultimate source of authority in all matters pertaining to the college, its government, and conduct."
Mrs. Delana Bice, Vice Chairman
Mr. James R. Wolfe, Secretary/Treasurer
Mr. Don Blanton (2013), Business Executive – McDonough, GA
Dr. Robert C. Coddington (2011), Retired Physician – Hixson, TN
Mr. J. Wayne Cropp (2007), Business Executive – Chattanooga, TN
Mr. Ralph Green (1993), Retired Educator – Dayton, TN
Col. John Haynes (2001), Business Owner – Lilburn, GA
Mr. David W. Kinsey (2011), Education Administrator – Alpharetta, GA
Dr. W. Gary Phillips (2012), Pastor – Chattanooga, TN
Mr. Lawrence H. Puckett (1987), Judge – Cleveland, TN
Dr. Arliss Roaden (1999), Educational Consultant – Brentwood, TN
Mr. Jeff Ryan (2010), Attorney – Dallas, TX
Mrs. Betty Ruth Seera (1998), Conference Speaker, Entrepreneur – Dayton, TN
Dr. Mark Senter III (2004), Educator – Lake Forest, IL
Mr. Mark Trail (2011), Business Executive – Tyrone, GA
Mr. C. Barry Whitney (1960), Cotton Factor – Augusta, GA
Mr. James R. Wolfe (2007), Business Executive – Indianapolis, IN
Mrs. Jess Cook (1978-1994) – Clemmons, NC
Mr. R. Donald Efird (1969-2004) – Kannapolis, NC
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 and Bible and coached cross country and basketball at a Christian high school in Michigan.
During his tenure at Bryan, the college has experienced a period of significant growth, including the addition of online and graduate programs, expansion of undergraduate offerings, increased outreach to the community, new satellite campuses in Chattanooga and Knoxville, and growth in the Dayton campus physical facilities. He developed Vision 2020 , a plan to guide Bryan’s growth through the next decade, which includes increasing traditional undergraduate enrollment to 1200, with an additional 3000 students enrolled in graduate and non-traditional programs.
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 a fellow with the Cornwall Alliance, board chairman of the National Association of Christian Athletes and hosts a weekly radio broadcast, Life Today . He and his wife Corinne live in Dayton and have three grown children.
Selected as Academic Vice President in September 2009, Bradford Sample works with the faculty to craft, deliver, and assess excellent academic programs for students on both the Dayton traditional campus and at sites serving non-traditional students. Dr. Sample serves on the President’s Executive Cabinet and chairs the Academic Council.
Dr. Sample previously worked at Indiana Wesleyan University (2003-2009) in various roles including Dean of the College of Adult & Professional Studies, Director of Liberal Arts Programs, and as an adjunct professor of history. Prior to 2003, Dr. Sample worked as a Research Associate and as Director of Development for University College, Indiana University—Purdue University at Indianapolis (1999-2003).
Bradford holds a Ph.D. in History from Purdue University, an M.A. in History from Indiana University, and a B.A. in History and Political Science, also from Indiana University. Bradford hails from the mighty “metropolis” of Cloverdale, Indiana, and met his wife, Michelle, at Indiana University—Bloomington. They live with their two children in Dayton, Tennessee.
Vice President for Advancement since January 2009, Blake Hudson is responsible for overseeing all fundraising, alumni relations, public relations, and publications of the College. He is a member of the President's Executive Cabinet.
Before coming to Bryan, he served as vice president for advancement at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Va., and was director of development for the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University. He and his wife Karla also served on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ for seven years.
He is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in industrial engineering. Blake and Karla homeschool their five children and live in the Dayton community.
Appointed Vice President for Enrollment Management in January 2009, Michael Sapienza oversees the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid and directs campus wide retention efforts. He is a member of the President’s Executive Cabinet.
Michael came to Bryan in January 2004 as Financial Aid Director and has since served as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid and Director of Enrollment Management. Prior to coming to Bryan, he served as Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Tennessee Temple University. He has also served as Assistant Administrator of a small, private Christian school.
He is a graduate of Franklin Pierce College with a degree in financial management and has an M.A. in communication from Spring Arbor University. Michael and his wife Claudia moved to Tennessee from New England in the summer of 2001 and currently live in Ooltewah with their two children.
Vance Berger has served at Bryan College as Vice President for Finance since September 2002. He oversees the financial operation of the college as well as the athletic and human resources departments. He is a member of the President's Executive Cabinet.
Vance has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis and a theology degree from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO. He is a CPA.
Vance was a business administrator and executive administrator of a church and Christian school from 1971 to August 2002. He and his wife Connie live in Dayton and have two married sons and five grandchildren.
Appointed as Vice President of Information Services and Associate Vice President of Finance in October 2012, Rick Taphorn focuses on developing and implementing technology strategy for all components of the campus as well as assisting the Vice President of Finance with the financial operation of the college. He is a member of the President's Executive Cabinet.
Before returning to Bryan, Rick served as Director of Financial Services at Missouri Baptist University (2011-2012). His previous experience at Bryan College was the Director of Financial Aid (2007-2011) and Assistant Director of Financial Aid (2005-2007). He also served 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. He and his wife, Roanna, live in Ooltewah, Tennessee and have two children.
Tim Hostetler has served Bryan College as Vice President of Operations since 2000. He oversees the various areas of the college operations including the Office of Physical Plant, Information Technology Services, Summer Conferences and Pool program, Food Service, Bookstore, 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 and Executive Director 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.
Appointed as Vice President for Spiritual Formation in July of 2010, Dr. Matt Benson has served at Bryan College since 1997. Dr. Benson’s team in Spiritual Formation exists in order to create innovative strategies that promote enduring values of spiritual and worldview formation among Bryan’s faculty, staff, and students as well as external constituencies of the college. He is a member of the President’s Executive Cabinet and holds an academic appointment as Assistant Professor of Christian Thought and Biblical Studies.
Before coming to Bryan, Dr. Benson held pastoral positions in churches in Georgia, Wisconsin and Texas as well as served at the Center for Christian Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary.
Dr. Benson earned his Ed.D. from the Talbot School of Theology, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a B.A. degree from Piedmont College (GA). He is an active member of the Evangelical Theological Society and on the leadership team of the Campus Ministry Commission of the CCCU. He and his wife Melody live in Dayton and have three beautiful children.
Office of the PresidentStephen D. Livesay , Ph.D., President of the College
William Harle, Jr., M.A., Accreditation Liaison and Assistant Professor of English
Margaret A. Legg, B.S., Executive Assistant to the President, Director of Foundation and Community Relations
Corinne R. Livesay, M.B.A., SPHR, Director of Special Projects
Dennis D. Miller, M.A., Executive Director of External Relations
Office of the Academic Vice PresidentBradford W. Sample, Ph.D., Vice President of Academics
School of Arts and SciencesRobert D. Andrews, Ed.D., Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs
Keri-Lynn Paulson, M.S., QEP Coordinator/Administrative Director, Center for Undergraduate Research/Instructor in Information Literacy
Ruston Pierce, M.Ed., Director of Dual Enrollment & Special Programs/Instructor in Education
Academic Support Center
K. Daniel Gleason, M.A., Assistant Director, Academic Support Center/Assistant Professor in English
Accreditation and Institutional ResearchWilliam Harle, Jr., M.A., Accreditation Liaison/Assistant Professor of English
Matthew Johnson, Ed.D., Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning/Instructor in Education and Psychology
Dennis Miller, Director, Center for International Development
Salvatore Musumeci, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center for Undergraduate Research/Director, Honors Program/Associate Professor of European History and Italian Cultural Studies
Ron Petitte, D.P.A., Director, Center for International Leadership Initiatives/Professor of Politics and Government
Randall W. Hollingsworth, Ph.D., Chair of the Humanities Division, Professor of Communication Studies
William M. Lay, Jr., D.A., Chair of the Social Science Division, Professor of Business
Raymond E. Legg, Jr., D.A., Chair of the Literature and Modern Languages Division, Professor of English
Phillip E. Lestmann, Ph.D., Chair of the Natural Science Division, Professor of Mathematics
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Kevin Clauson, J.D., Vice Chair, Professor of Politics and Justice
Adina Scruggs, D.B.A., Secretary, Associate Professor of Business
LaVonne M. Johnson, M.L.S., Public Services Librarian, Assistant Professor
Polly E. Revis, B.S., Technological Services Manager
Connie Sanders, M.L.S., Special Projects Librarian
Janet M. Piatt, M.S.Ed., Registrar
Brenda Wooten, Associate Registrar
Rhonda Kettenring, B.S., Administrative Assistant to the Academic Vice President
Darlene Lestmann, Performing Arts Coordinator/Administrative Assistant
Sharron Padgett, B.A. Secretary in the Academic Vice President's Office
Jennifer A. Travis, B.S., Coordinator of Field Experiences/Education Specialist
Adult and Graduate Studies
Emilie Belisle, B.S., Admissions Counselor, Knoxville Region
David Bennett, M.Div., Director of Academic Services
Michael Chase, Ed.D., Dean, External Programs/Associate Professor of Business
Mary Cowan-Smith, Administrative Assistant
Kathryn Garrett, B.A., Coordinator of Operations, Chattanooga Region
Carla Harle, B.A., Coordinator of Student Services
Benton Jones, M.B.A., Director of Student Services
Anna McPeak, B.S., Admissions Counselor, Chattanooga Region
Beverly Meadows, Coordinator of Student Services, Chattanooga Region
Kathryn Romeo, M.B.A., Admissions Counselor, Chattanooga Region
Laurie Rowland, M.Ed., Coordinator of Student Services, Knoxville Region
Joseph Starkey, B.A., Admissions Intern, Chattanooga Region
Imagene Thompson, Coordinator of Operations, Knoxville Region
Britney Wyatt, B.A., Admissions Counselor, Chattanooga Region
Office of the Vice President for AdvancementBlake Hudson, B.S., Vice President of Advancement
Tracey L. Bridwell, Advancement Assistant
Karin Carpenter, B.A., Alumni Events Coordinator
Paulakay Franks Hall, B.A., Alumni Director
David Holcomb, B.S., Annual Campaign Director
Steve Keck, B.S., CAP, Director of Gift and Estate Design
Marica Merck, M.B.A., Director of Marketing and Career Services
Chloe Nardone, B.A., Assistant Director of Marketing
Janice R. Pendergrass, B.A., Director of Direct Response Marketing
Savannah Stroud, B.A., Career Services Assistant
Chelsea Zimmerman, B.A. Associate Director of Career Services
Office of the Vice President for Enrollment ManagementMichael C. Sapienza , M.A., Vice President of Enrollment Management
Donna P. Belisle, Admissions Office Manager
Jody L. Cheon, Assistant Director of Admissions
Paula Anderson, B.S., Campus Visit and Transfer Coordinator
Nathan Bailey, B.A., Admissions Counselor
Amanda Peckman, B.A., Admissions Counselor
Andrew Smith, B.A., Admissions Counselor
Sharon R. Zensen, A.A., Receptionist
Elizabeth A. Hixson, Financial Aid Counselor
Victoria Patterson, B.S., Assistant Director of AGS Student Financial Aid/Services
Patrick Roberts, B.S., New Student Financial Aid Counselor
Judy A. Shetter, Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Judith E. Olsen, B.S., Administrative Assistant for Student Life
Timothy D. Shetter, B.S., Assistant Dean of Community Life
Kevin Anderson, B.S., Resident Director
Janette DeLozier, M.A., Resident Director
Bonnie Spallinger, B.S., Resident Director
Kimberle C. Tuttle, M.S., Resident Director
Matthew D. Williams, B.A., Resident Director
Office of the Vice President for FinanceVance J. Berger, B.S., C.P.A., Vice President of Finance
Matt Dillard, M.S., ATC, LAT, Head Athletic Trainer
Jacob Goins, Assistant Golf Coach
Bryson Harper, B.S., Head Cross Country/Track and Field Coach
J. Taylor Hasty, B.A., Director of Intercollegiate Athletics/Head Baseball Coach
Rachel Hathaway, B.A., Administrative Assistant to the Director of Athletics
Joey Johnson, Head Men's Soccer Coach
Elizabeth Lewis, M.A.T., Assistant Athletic Trainer
Jordan Mattheiss, B.S, Sports Information Director / Facilities Coordinator
Clint McAuley, M.S., Associate Baseball Coach/Fields Manager
Janice Perron, Head Cheerleading Coach
Donald K. Rekoske, M.A., Head Men's Basketball Coach
J. Mark Sauve, B.S., Head Women’s Soccer Coach
David Shumaker, M.Div., Head Volleyball Coach
Jason Smith, B.S., Head Women's Basketball Coach
Rocky Stinson, B.S., Head Softball Coach
Drew Werner, B.S., Assistant Athletic Trainer
Patty J. Rains, Business Office Assistant
Office of the Vice President of Information Systems
Rick Taphorn, Vice President of Information Systems/Associate Vice President of Finance
Robert Barger, Database Administrator/Application Support Specialist
Office of the Vice President of OperationsTimothy J. Hostetler, B.S., Vice President of Operations
Valerie A. Castlen, Mail Services Manager
Janis A. Green, Mail Services Assistant/Campus Store Assistant
Tami L. Tullberg, Campus Store Manager
Tim Baldi, B.A., General Maintenance and Utilities Worker
Gary F. Cheon, General Maintenance and Repair Worker
Leta A. Dyer, Environmental Services Supervisor
Rita R. Hayman, A.A., Night Watchperson
Cheryl Kerley, Environmental Services Assistant
Teresa A. King, Environmental Services Assistant
Gary M. Marzello, Night Watch Supervisor
Amy Massengale, Environmental Services Assistant
Ronald L. Massengale, General Maintenance and Repair Worker
Todd McCurry, General Maintenance and HVAC Worker
David Morgan, Director of Physical Plant/ Electrician
Christian Pendergrass, Landscaping
Karen D. Randen, Physical Plant Office Manager/Landscaping Supervisor
Clayton Schmidt, General Grounds and Fleet Worker
Steve Sharpe, General Maintenance and Repair Worker
Tommy Shook, General Maintenance and Plumber
Brenda A. Sims, Environmental Services Assistant
Ryan Smith, B.S.,Assistant Multi-Media Manager
Office of the Vice President for Spiritual FormationMatthew A. Benson, Ed.D., Vice President of Spiritual Formation/Assistant Professor of Christian Thought
Jeff Eenigenburg, M.Th., Director of Worship Arts/Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry
Eric McEachron, B.A., Assistant Director of Faith and Mission
Benjamin E. Norquist, M.A., Director of Faith & Mission/Instructor in Politics and Government and Christian Studies
Anna Stewart, B.A., Coordinator for Strategic Support
Kauri Tallant, M.A., Assistant Director of Counseling & Soul Care/Instructor in Psychology
Jason Glen, M.A., Director of Worldview Formation/Instructor in Christian Thought