College Administration, Faculty, and Staff

College Administration


Administrative Offices Staff

Board of Trustees

In 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."


Col. John Haynes, Chairman

Mrs. Delana Bice, Vice Chairman

Mr. James R. Wolfe, Secretary/Treasurer


Mr. Marcus Bellamy (2013), Lead Associate Pastor  – Oak Leaf, TX

Mrs. Delana Bice (2000), Real Estate Brokerage  – Houston, TX

Mr. Don Blanton (2013), Business Executive – McDonough, GA

Mr. Chris Cashion (2013), Financial and Business Strategy Consultant – Spring, TX

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  Richardson, TX

Mrs. Betty Ruth Seera (1998), Conference Speaker, Entrepreneur  Dayton, TN

Dr. Mark Senter III (2004), Educator  Lake Forest, IL

Mr. C. Barry Whitney (1960), Cotton Factor  Augusta, GA

Mr. James R. Wolfe (2007), Business Executive  Indianapolis, IN

Legal Counsel

Mr. Glenn C. Stophel, Attorney  Franklin, TN

Trustees Emeriti

Dr. Robert Benson (1980-1995) – Rock Hill, SC

Mrs. Jess Cook (1978-1994) – Clemmons, NC

Mr. R. Donald Efird (1969-2004) – Kannapolis, NC

Stephen Livesay, President

Dr. 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 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.

Bradford Sample, Vice President of Academics

Dr. Bradford Sample

Selected as Vice President of Academics 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. 

Blake Hudson, Vice President of Advancement

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.


Vance Berger, Vice President of Finance

MR. Berger

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.

Rick Taphorn, Vice President of Information Systems

Mr. Taphorn

Rick Taphorn has served at Bryan College since 2005 except for a one year departure in which he served as Director of Financial Services at Missouri Baptist University. He focuses on enrollment services for the School of Arts and Sciences as well as developing and implementing technology strategy for all components of the campus. He also assists the Vice President of Finance with the financial operation of the college. He is a member of the President's Executive Cabinet.

Rick's previous experience at Bryan College includes serving as 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. Actively involved in his church, Silverdale Baptist Church, he currently serves as a deacon and children's church multi-media technician. He and his wife, Roanna, live in Ooltewah, Tennessee, and have two children.

Tim Hostetler, Vice President of Operations

Mr. Hostetler

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.

Matt Benson, Vice President of Spiritual Formation

Dr. Held

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.