Board of Trustees

“Born again Christian men and women with a sound Christian testimony.”

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.”


Ms. Delana Bice, Chairman

Mr. Chris Cashion, Vice Chairman

Mr. Ronald D. Messer, Secretary/Treasurer


Ms. Tina Benkiser (2017), Attorney & Counselor at Law – Signal Mountain, TN

Ms. 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

Mr. Ralph Green (1993), Retired Educator – Dayton, TN

Dr. Kenneth Hanna (2018), Former President and Chancellor Bryan College, Retired Educator – Fargo, ND

Mr. Brad Harris (2018), Finance and Accounting Consultant – Dayton, TN

Col. John Haynes (2001), Business Owner – Lilburn, GA

Mr. David W. Kinsey (2011), Education Administrator – Alpharetta, GA

Dr. Stephen Livesay (2003), Bryan College President – Dayton, TN

Mr. Ronald D. Messer (2014), Business Owner – Lebanon, OH

Mr. Willard Price (1988-2007, 2018), Retired Bank President – Friendsville, TN

Mr. Lebron Purser (2017), Insurance Agency Manager – Dayton, TN

Mr. Jeff Smith (2018), President Auto Parts Stores – Dayton, TN

Mr. Kevin Stophel (2018), Principal/Owner Comprehensive Financial Planning Company   - Chattanooga, TN

Mr. Ron Wenger (2018), Retired Manufacturing Company VP and General Plant Manager  – Dayton, TN

Trustees Emeriti

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

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

Honorable Lawrence H. Puckett (1987-2017) – Cleveland, TN

Dr. Herbert Sierk (1990-93, 1995-2009, 2018), Former Bryan College Academic Vice President, Retired Educator – Hendersonville, NC

Mr. Glenn Stophel (1978-1986; 1992-2010) – Franklin, TN

C. Barry Whitney (1960-2018) – Augusta, GA

Legal Counsel

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.