Office of Academics

Dr. Douglas F. Mann, Vice President of Academics and Provost

Douglas F. Mann joined Bryan College in July 2018 as the Vice President of Academics and Provost. He is responsible for the administration of all of the College’s academic programs including the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Adult and Graduate Studies, and the Vogel School of Engineering. He also is a member of the President’s Executive Cabinet. Dr. Mann earned a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Georgia (2005), a Master of Arts from Trinity International University (1997), and a Bachelor of Arts from Bryan College (1992).

With a career in higher education spanning more than two decades, Dr. Mann has extensive experience both in teaching and administrative roles. He has taught history for nearly 20 years specializing in European and British Atlantic World Studies. Dr. Mann has also held senior leadership positions including experience in academic planning and assessment, new program development, academic relations, budgets and facilities planning, as well as academic policy development.

Dr. Mann served at Liberty University from July 2006 to July 2018 holding various positions throughout his tenure there. Most recently he operated as Administrative Dean for the graduate programs and also functioned as the Dean of the Graduate School supporting the Provost initiatives with particular focus on the academic administration of programs and compliance with regional and programmatic accreditation. He also worked collaboratively with Deans and Graduate Program Directors to enhance and ensure the quality of graduate and professional education and also to ensure that students received the best possible education experience.

Doug has deep roots at Bryan College. Following the footsteps of his parents who met while they attended Bryan in the 1950s, he came to Bryan in 1988 and completed his studies in 1992 majoring in both History and Bible. While at Bryan he met a math major named Susi Simpson who he later married. He and Susi live in Dayton and have four children: Robert, Andrew, Margaret and Jacob.


Francis X. Kimmitt, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President of Academics | Director of Institutional Effectiveness | Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew

Adina L. Scruggs, D.B.A., Dean, School of Adult & Graduate Studies | Chair, Department of Business & Economics | Secretary of the Faculty

Ronald D. Petitte, D.P.A., Dean, Honors Institute| Director, Center for Leadership & Justice|Professor of Politics & Government

Thomas Marshall, Ph.D., Dean, Vogel School of Engineering | Professor of Engineering


Gary Fitsimmons, Ph.D., Director of Library Services | Professor of Information Literacy

Stacey Gates, B.S., Director of Dual Enrollment

Kristi B. Strode, M.A., Director, Academic Success Center | ADA Coordinator | Instructor of English

Mandi K. Sullivan, M.Ed., Director of Academic Programs, AGS

Academic Success Center

Daniel Gleason, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Academic Success Center | Assistant Professor in English | Faculty at Large, FLC

Linda Hill , Testing Center

Simpson, Sunny, M.S., Math Success Coordinator

Kristi B. Strode, M.A., Director, Academic Success Center | ADA Coordinator | Instructor of English

Bryan Centers

Tina Benkiser, J.D., Assistant Director, Center for Faith, Freedom and the Constitution | Instructor of Business & Constitutional Law

Kevin Clauson, J.D., Director, Center for Faith, Freedom and the Constitution | Chair, Department of Government & Justice | Professor of Government and Law

Neal A. Doran, Ph.D., Director, Creation Research Center | Professor of Biology

Gail Francis, M.S., Director, Ruth Heflin Cofer ASL & Interpretation Center | Instructor in American Sign Language

K. Daniel Gleason, Ph.D., Director, Center for Undergraduate Research | Assistant Director of Academic Success Center | Member at Large, FLC | Assistant Professor of English

Dennis Miller, M.S., Director, Center for International Development

Ronald D. Petitte, D.P.A, Director, Center for Leadership & Justice | Dean, Honors Institute | Professor of Politics and Government

John A. Sterling, J.D., Assistant Director, Center for Faith, Freedom and the Constitution | Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Government | Director of College Safety and Security

Department Chairs

Kevin Clauson, J.D., Chair, Department of Government & Justice  | Director, Center for Faith, Freedom and the Constitution  | Professor of Government & Law

Reginald E. Ecarma, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Communication, Media and Culture | Professor of Communication

Judson Davis, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Christian Studies & Philosophy, and Liberal Arts | Professor of Greek

Benton Jones, M.B.A., Interim Chair, Department of Business & Economics  | Vice Chair of the Faculty  | Assistant Professor of Business

Kimberly A. Keck, D.M.A, Chair, Department of Fine & Performing Arts | Assistant Professor of Music

Alice D. Lawrence, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Biology | Assistant Professor of Biology

Raymond E. Legg, Jr., D.A., Chair, Department of English & Modern Languages  | Professor of English | Director of Study Abroad

David E. Perron, Ed.D., Chair, Department of Exercise & Health Science | Associate Professor of Exercise and Health Science

Travis H. Ricketts, Ph.D., Chair, Department of History & Liberal Arts | Professor of History

Clark C. Rose, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Psychology | Professor of Psychology | Faculty Athletic Representative

Kathryn A. Saynes, Ed.D., Chair, Department of Education | Director, Center for Undergraduate Research | Associate Professor of Education

Lyle Smith, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences | Associate Professor of Mathematics & Physics

Faculty Officers

Michael Palmer, M.A., Chair of the Faculty | Associate Professor of Communication 

Benton Jones, M.B.A, Vice Chair of the Faculty | Interim Chair, Department of Business & Economics  | Assistant Professor of Business

Adina Scruggs, D.B.A., Secretary of Faculty | Dean, School of Adult & Graduate Studies | Associate Professor of Business

Lorraine Doran, Ed.D., At Large Member  | Assistant Professor of Education 

Daniel Gleason, Ph.D., At Large Member  | Assistant Director of Academic Success Center  | Assistant Professor of English

Daniel Gates, D.B.A., Representative, AGS  | Assistant Professor of Business

Peter A. Held, Ph.D., ex officio | Professor of Christian Studies | Senior Fellow for Christian Worldview


Gary Fitsimmons, Ph.D., Director of Library Services | Professor of Information Literacy

LaVonne M. Johnson, M.L.S., Public Services Librarian | Assistant Professor

Polly E. Revis, B.S., Technological Services Manager

Kevin W. Woodruff, M.S.I.S., Special Collections and Projects


Janet M. Piatt, M.S.Ed., Registrar

Brenda Wooten, Associate Registrar

Support Staff

Donna Eldridge, B.S., Academic Advisor, AGS

Audrey Henderson, B.S., Secretary, Office of the Vice President of Academics and Provost

Erica Holloway, B.A., Administrative Assistant/Music Coordinator

Rhonda Kettenring, B.S., Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Academics and Provost

Steve Paulson, B.S., Lead Instructional Designer

Clark C. Rose, Ph.D.., Faculty Athletic Representative | Professor of Psychology | Chair, Department of Psychology

Josie Riggs, B.S., Academic Advisor, AGS

Erin Sanchez, B.S.,  Library Outreach Technician

Hannah L. Schultz, J.D., Title IX Coordinator | Coordinator of Liberal Arts Program | Assistant Professor of History, Government, & Justice

Jennifer A. Travis, B.S., Coordinator of Field Experiences | Education Specialist