Board Chairman and President respond

June 5, 2014

Chairman of the Board of Trustees Responds

Due to the amount of coverage of recent issues related to Bryan and our statement of support of Dr. Stephen Livesay’s leadership, I believe it is important to remember the college’s progress over the past decade. Under his leadership, our administration, faculty, and staff have worked side by side to enhance Bryan’s position in the educational community. By expanding the boundaries of Bryan’s influence and improving the academic and physical infrastructure of the school, our students are experiencing increased opportunities to thrive and grow during their time at Bryan and beyond. Examples of the many significant improvements and advances include the following:

New majors include Christian Ministry (Pastoral Ministries/Worship Arts), Christian Thought, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, Environmental Science, Politics & Government, and Theatre

Creation of the Academic Support Center and Undergraduate Research Conference

Addition of 3+2 graduate program in Counseling in partnership with Richmont Graduate University

Addition of Dual Enrollment programs for high school students

Development of Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) programs (formerly known as Aspire) to include the addition of the following:

  • Two master’s degrees (Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts in Christian Studies)
  • Online programs for associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees


Total enrollment has increased from 588 students in Fall 2003 to 1710 in Fall 2013.
New Scholarship Programs

The Bryan Opportunity Program. This scholarship program, begun in 2008, has raised more than $1 million and helps make Bryan accessible to academically qualified Tennessee students with significant financial need. The program guarantees that eligible students will receive scholarship and/or grant funds to meet or exceed the cost of tuition at Bryan. More than 220 students have benefitted from this scholarship.
The Rhea County Scholarship. Established in 2011, the scholarship acknowledges Bryan’s appreciation for the Rhea County community by making a Bryan education accessible and affordable to academically qualified Rhea County students. Since its inception, $1.6 million has been awarded to 96 students.
New Programs that Expand Student Opportunities and Bryan’s Influence

  • Semester Abroad Program in Italy
  • Acts Project for international internships in Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia
  • Decosimo Lecture Series on Global Business in partnership with UTC
  • Center for International Development’s organization of more than 400 unique initiatives in more than 10 countries
  • The President’s Roundtable
  • Community Service Day, begun in 2005—each year hundreds of volunteers reach out to our community through a wide variety of service projects


  • New varsity sports, including Men’s & Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field, Men’s & Women’s Golf, and Softball (read about our athletes and coaches and their accomplishments here)
  • New club sports, including Cheerleading, Men’s Volleyball, and Fishing

New and Improved Facilities

  • Satellite AGS locations in Chattanooga and Knoxville
  • On-campus health clinic, PolyClinic
  • Renovation of Rankin Center, Rhea House, Brock Hall, Long and Huston Residence Halls, Summers Athletic Complex, Dining Hall, Rudd Chapel
  • Construction of additions to Summers Athletic Complex–the athletic training facility, offices, and additional locker rooms
  • Addition of 186-student housing capacity with construction of Robinson Hall and two Townhouse buildings
  • New entrance connecting Bryan College with Highway 27
  • Softball Field

President Responds

I fully support the Board of Trustees’ affirmation of Bryan’s creationist position and look forward to working with our Board, faculty, staff, and alumni to continue moving the college forward, providing the best educational experience possible for our students as we fulfill our mission of educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.