Great plans and close ties came together May 24 as Bryan College cut the ribbon for its Knoxville center, ceremonially opening a facility that offers graduate and undergraduate programs to working adults.
Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay told a crowd of Bryan alumni, Knoxville Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, and friends, “I’ve been looking forward to this day for years. I’m convinced that Knoxville is the place that will put Bryan College on the map. Knoxville is filled with people who are looking for a place like Bryan, people who want an education at the graduate or undergraduate level.”
He pointed out that the center is located in Windsor Square, in facilities formerly occupied by EdSouth, founded by Tony Hollin. “Tony Hollin’s mother for years was the financial aid director at our Dayton campus,” he said.
Mary Frances Rudd Carlson, daughter of Bryan’s third president, Dr. Judson A. Rudd, said she believes Bryan has grown “because of a commitment to our motto of Christ Above All. All of the presidents have never wavered from devotion to Jesus Christ.
“In 1960, I moved to Knoxville to make this beautiful city my home. I’m pleased to see Bryan expanding beyond Dayton. I like to think my father is smiling down on us today and is giving thanks for all that has been accomplished.”
David Montgomery, Bryan’s Knoxville regional director, said an MBA class and a degree completion class already are in progress and he is working to begin additional sections in the fall. In addition to the MBA, undergraduate degrees in business administration, with concentrations in organizational management, business management, and health care management are available.
“When people learn what we offer, and the price for the program, a lot of people are drawn to us,” he said.