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. 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
Mr. Lawrence H. Puckett (1987), Judge – Cleveland, TN
Dr. Arliss Roaden (1999), Educational Consultant – Brentwood, TN
Mrs. Betty Ruth Seera (1998), Conference Speaker, Entrepreneur – Dayton, TN
Mr. C. Barry Whitney (1960), Cotton Factor – Augusta, GA
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 adult children and one grandchild.
Appointed as interim Academic Vice President in June 2014, Kevin L. Clauson joined the Bryan College 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 four grandchildren (so far) and live in Dayton, Tennessee.
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 live in the Dayton community with their five 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.
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 has served Bryan College as Vice President of Student Service & Ministries 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.