Alumni Feature: Donna Commers ’16

Donna Commers HeadshotApril 13, 2017 – Major: Business Administration

I chose Bryan College because I wanted a Christian education and Bryan has an excellent reputation. Numerous colleagues recommended Bryan because they had attended Bryan and had a good experience. I liked the way that Bryan tied a Christian worldview into all of the lessons as well.

My favorite part about Bryan College was the availability of the instructors. Any time that I had a question or needed assistance, the instructors responded promptly. They were always very helpful and seemed to really care. I also loved the fact that while attending the onsite classes, the instructors always opened class with prayer.

Bryan made it easier to accomplish obtaining my bachelor’s degree, because the faculty and staff were so supportive every step of the way. I feel that by attending Bryan College I was able to grow spiritually as well as academically.

Alumni Feature: Adam Abbott ’15, ’17

Adam Abbot HeadshotApril 13, 2017 – Undergrad: Business Administration; Graduate: Business Administration – Human Resources specialization

With a family of five and full-time job, finding a school that offered flexibility was key for Adam Abbott’s search to finish and continue his education.

Adam currently works at Whirlpool and has received two promotions since he graduated from Bryan.

“I appreciated that the school shared morals that were very close to my own, yet offered tuition at a much lower price than that of the other schools in the area that might offer the same,” Abbott said.

“The staff has been nothing, but friendly and responsive. While I completed my MBA online, I completed my BS in the classroom. The faculty was always very familiar with the curriculum, and encouraged participation in the classroom. Through the adult studies program, this took place in 4 hour blocks once a week, but the involvement in the classroom made the time pass very quickly, and the material interesting.

Student Feature: Michael Newton ’17

April 13, 2017 – Major: Applied Psychology

With the demands of a full-time job with the Chattanooga Police Department, Michael Newton knew the school he would choose to finish his education would have to offer flexible scheduling. He also wanted a school that aligned with his Christian values and worldview. When he discovered Bryan College, he found a school that offered both.

“My favorite part about Bryan is the helpful culture and friendly atmosphere within the online classes,” Newton said. “With a six-week interval, I’m able to complete courses quickly and have those finished if or when something arises.”

Michael currently serves as the Executive Officer of the Chattanooga Police Department’s Hostage Negotiation Team as well as the President of the local International Brotherhood of Police Officers #673. His education with Bryan was part of his recent promotion to Sergeant.

“I chose Bryan, because it supports my Christian values and lifestyle. Bryan offers a very comprehensive online degree completion program that provides a better selection of majors than the competitors I previously looked into.”


Alumni Feature: Jubilee Lofgren ’17

Jubilee Lofgren HeadshotApril 7, 2017 – Major: Christian Studies – Bible

The great community and low professor to student ratio helped me choose Bryan College. My favorite part is how I have been challenged in and outside the classroom to grow spiritually, relationally, and mentally.

I have been an intern with the Worldview Initiative for the last two years and on the Worldview Initiative team for three years. Being on the Worldview Initiative team has grown me in so many ways. I have learned what it means to love people, to be confident in who God has made me to be, and how think and discuss complex ideas. I would not be the same person I am today if it were not for the Worldview Initiative!

After I graduate, I want to be a Bible Translator and translate the Bible for groups of people that don’t have a Bible in their mother tongue.

Student Feature: Shania Rogers ’18

Shania Rogers HeadshotApril 1, 2017 – Major: Business Management and Marketing; Minor: Honors and Bible from the Saints Bible Institute
SGA President

For Shania Rogers, finding a college with a great sense of community was high on her list of priorities. After visiting Bryan College on a tour and interacting with the campus community first-hand, she knew she had found the school for her.

Since she arrived on campus, Shania has made many lasting friendships through being actively involved in intramural sports, leading a discipleship class, and serving in the Career Services center. She also discovered some of her spiritual gifts by joining Enactus, a business-oriented club that partners with the Dayton community, where she currently serves as the group’s social media coordinator.

“The business department has so many opportunities for students, and also a fantastic Business Advisory Board that helps with things we should incorporate in class as well as internship opportunities. Enactus is a great way to meet new friends, gain insightful business information, and even acquire jobs and internships from the career fair held at Nationals.”

Shania also spent a semester abroad in Italy at the Saints Bible Institute where she earned a minor in Bible. It was a life-changing experience that she recommends to everyone if they’re willing to step out of their comfort zone.

“College is more enjoyable when you take the time to join a club or step out of your comfort zone. It took me a semester to realize this, and I wish I would have done it from the start.”

During her senior year, Shania will serve as the Student Government Association (SGA) President.

Retraction: [Psychology 3+2 Program with Richmont Receives Accreditation]

August 25, 2016 – It was recently brought to the attention of Bryan College that an article published recently by the college might have contained misleading or unintentionally inaccurate statements. We apologize for the inconvenience of the inaccuracies contained within the original publication. The official news release published by Richmont Graduate University may be read on Richmont’s website. More information about CACREP can be found at Below are clarifications to the statements made within Bryan College’s original article.

·      The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) is a graduate-level counseling program accrediting agency. The Richmont Graduate University Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program is the specific program that received CACREP accreditation. The Psychology program at Bryan College was not part of the accreditation review and is not included in the CACREP accreditation status.

·      The Marriage and Family Therapy and any additional programs offered by Richmont Graduate University are separate from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, and were not included in the CACREP review process.  The Marriage and Family Therapy and School Counseling programs are not included in the CACREP accreditation.

·      The article indicated that the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares students to meet professional standards set by the psychology profession. CACREP Standards are representative of the counseling profession, not the psychology profession.

·      The article misstated CACREP’s retroactive recognition policy. The terms of the policy for retroactive recognition of program graduates applies to graduates of Richmont Graduate University’s CACREP accredited version of Clinical Mental Health Counseling program going back 18 months from accreditation; specifically to January 7, 2015.

·      The article mistakenly stated that graduates will earn a “CACREP-certified degree.” Accreditation and certification are different processes overseen by different agencies. Certification generally applies to individuals, whereas accreditation applies to academic programs. CACREP accreditation does not provide or include certification of any kind to graduates.

Written by Britney Wyatt, director of marketing

Best online business administration program

July 25, 2016 – Bryan College was recently ranked the no. 15 Best Online Program for its online bachelor’s degree in business administration by This is the fourth of similar rankings that Bryan College has received in the past two months.2016 Best Online Bachelor's in Business Award assembled the list based on schools that “have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence, positive learning outcomes, diverse course offerings and a positive online classroom experience for web-based students.”

Benton Jones, director of Bryan’s online bachelor of business administration program, contributes the Christian worldview teaching style for the program’s national recognition, even though the list was not specifically created for Christian institutions.

“It is an honor to be recognized as a leader in online business education,” Jones said. “We have students from all industries who see the value in an accredited degree taught from a Christian worldview.”

The online bachelor’s in business administration at Bryan College was started in 2011 and consists of a six-week accelerated class schedule that allows working adults to focus on one subject at a time while juggling a busy schedule. The program also allows students to increase their earning potential, qualify for the next promotion opportunity and develop an ethical framework while integrating Christian principles into the workplace.

For more information about the bachelor’s degree in business administration or other online programs, please visit our Adult and Graduate Studies

Written by: Drew Morrison, marketing communications coordinator

English Professor Publishes First Textbook

"American Literature" first textbook published by Dr. Whit JonesJuly 1, 2016 – Dr. Whit Jones has been working at Bryan College for over 24 years and has taught a wide array of English classes from freshman to senior level courses. 4 years of teaching high school English and homeschooling his four children round out Dr. Jones’ evident desire to instill the passion for respecting and understanding literature to everyone he teaches. This unique blend of credentials is why he was approached by Apologia, a respected publisher of widely used textbooks for Christian homeschool students, to write a Literature textbook.

American Literature, the first published literature textbook by Apologia, is 844 pages full of vivid written imagery and deep analytical thought. One of the main reasons Dr. Jones wanted to publish this book, was to combat the idea that Christians are unable to learn anything from non-Christian authors.

“Good literature fleshes out biblical truth,” says Jones. “The nice thing about how literature fleshes out truth is it doesn’t just tell us the truth abstractly, it gives us a picture of it. It makes learning the truth fun because we are learning it through stories and characters that we are drawn into. It makes the connection between the head and the heart, because we not only understand the truth, but we feel it in our gut.…and are then motivated a lot of times to carry out that truth and live it.”

Designed for high schoolers in tenth or eleventh grade, American Literature organizes the study of great literary works by historical ages, enabling the reader to travel through time and easily analyze the changes throughout history. At the end of each literary work there is also a series of questions that Dr. Jones says apply the Socratic Method to help the student carefully analyze and interpret the work, ideally ending with the student examining the work’s meaning and statement about life, from a Christian perspective. Students are also given access to the correct answers for all of the questions at the end of each work, giving students the ability to compare their answers. Additionally, the book comes with a student notebook that is filled with chapter and semester tests as well as instructions on how to cultivate a deeper level of literary analysis.

American Literature can be purchased on the Apologia website.

Written by Drew Morrison, Marketing Communications Coordinator

Edited on July 5, 2016

Great College Deal For Conservative Christians

Great College Deal 2016 SealJune 22, 2016 – Bryan College was recently ranked the #9 Great College Deal for Conservative Christians by Bryan College was selected based on its low net price and faith-based focus. The Christian worldview, Bible and Christ-centered academics, numerous campus groups dedicated to worship and the balance of liberal arts education and spiritual growth opportunity earned Bryan College the #9 spot on this competitive list. The list is made to be a guide for students of Christian faith in search of the best return on investment in their education.

This award joins several other rankings earned by Bryan College in 2016, including three additional rankings in the top 10. named Bryan the #2 Lowest Debt Burden and #9 Best Value out of the top 50 Christian colleges and universities of 2016. In addition, Bryan’s online program was ranked the #2 Best Online Program in Tennessee by These recognitions, in addition to the numerous rankings and awards of previous years, illustrate Bryan College’s dedication to high-quality Christian education.

“It’s exciting to see Bryan College recognized for not only the lowest debt and some of the best online programs, but now to have our entire program recognized as a great value for students,” said President Stephen Livesay. “It evidences the expertise of our academic offerings as well as the overall benefit of a Bryan education. As a Christ centered college, I have no doubt that Bryan College offers an exceptional education for people who are serious about their faith and doing well in their academic disciplines and vocation that God has called them to.”

Bryan College, located in Dayton, TN, has over 1500 online and residential students and offers 25 majors with 49 unique fields of study and 3 graduate programs with 8 options and 2 certificates. The college mission is “Educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.”

Written by Drew Morrison, Communications Coordinator

Bryan College #2 Best Online Program in Tennessee

#2 Best Online Program in Tennessee 2016June 6, 2016 – Bryan College was recently named the #2 Best Online Program in the state of Tennessee by The college offers 3 undergraduate online programs with 6 options, 3 graduate online programs with 8 specialization options, and 2 graduate certificates. All online programs are accessible from anywhere in the world and taught from a Christian worldview.

Bryan College is more than just an online school. The Bryan College campus can be found in the beautiful hills of Dayton, TN and was founded in 1930. As a result, students can have confidence in an online education backed up by a long history of excellence in on-campus Christian education. The college mission is “Educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world”. This mission is emblazoned across campus and is central to every aspect of the college.

Students in the online program are able to attend all of their classes from the convenience of their own home or office, while still having access to resources traditionally offered to on-campus students. Resources include academic advisement and support, tutoring, library and more. In addition, online students have the opportunity of attending school plays, recitals, concerts, homecoming and sporting events, and walking across the stage in front of friends and family to receive their degree.

To celebrate this prestigious ranking, Bryan College is offering an application fee waiver to students who apply to an online program before Friday, June 10. Simply enter the code BestOnline when submitting an application.

About Bryan College

Bryan College is a private, non-profit, Christian liberal arts institution located in Dayton, TN. Bryan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and offers 25 majors with 49 unique fields of study and 3 graduate programs with 8 options and 2 certificates. The Bryan motto, “Christ Above All” can not only be found emblazoned on the college logo but also pursued in the lives of Bryan faculty, staff, students, and alumni. To learn more, visit

Written by Britney M. Wyatt, director of marketing, 423.775.7327,