Bryan College’s Vaughn Berger announced as member of Leadership Chattanooga 2018-19 class

On Monday, July 2, the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce announced Vaughn Berger, director of enrollment for the Bryan College School of Adult and Graduate Studies, as a member of the Leadership Chattanooga class of 2018-19.

Mr. Berger has a long history with Bryan College. He is a 2011 graduate of the MBA program at Bryan College and began serving as an adjunct instructor in the undergraduate program that same year. In January 2016, he was named the director of enrollment for the School of Adult and Graduate Studies.

Admission to the Leadership Chattanooga program is selective. Members of the program must be nominated and undergo a rigorous vetting and selection process. Qualifications for nominations include:

  • a sincere commitment and interest in the Chattanooga community
  • demonstrated dedication through past community activities
  • interest in community leadership roles
  • potential for advancement to top leadership roles

“Vaughn has distinguished himself with a deep passion to serve the Chattanooga community,” said Rick Taphorn, vice president of finance and enrollment. “Being selected as a member of Leadership Chattanooga is a tremendous honor, and we’re proud of his commitment to leadership and the Chattanooga community.”

Leadership Chattanooga is an excellent example of the various ways faculty and staff prepare themselves to fulfill the Bryan College mission of “Educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.” The program is sponsored by the Chattanooga Chamber Foundation and uses the exploration of community issues to develop the leadership skills required for these roles.

The 10-month leadership development program prepares graduates to make a difference in prominent business, cultural and political roles by providing experiential learning opportunities, interaction with top community and state leaders, exploring aspects of leadership and community challenges during monthly cohort meetings and community service projects.

Leadership Chattanooga has produced over 1,200 alumni, and provides continued leadership training and opportunities for networking and civic engagement.



Bryan College Enactus team awarded 2nd place in league at nationals

June 25, 2018 – The Bryan College Enactus team recently competed at the Enactus United States National Exposition on May 22. The team was awarded second place in their league in the first round of competition, the school’s first time on the podium at the national exposition.

The Bryan College team presented a live, multi-media summary of their Global Entrepreneurship Initiative, which focuses on job creation and product innovation in Haiti. Working closely with the college’s Haiti Break for Change Team, Enactus members focused on improving and expanding an existing for-profit business, Haiti Made. Haiti Made’s goal since its inception has been to create sustainable work for Haitians in order to keep families united. They do this through leather crafting, creating beautiful and high-quality products from bags to wallets.

This year, Bryan College Enactus saw an opportunity for growth. In collaboration with the biology department, they developed the first stages of a leather care product line with the intent to keep customers coming back to Haiti Made. The first product to emerge, a leather conditioner, proved a success and uses major exports in Haiti as the primary ingredients.

Another project the team began is Bel Cosmetics. This project focuses on natural cosmetics crafted from Haitian resources. Currently, recipes are being developed for natural hair moisturizers for African hair types 2A-4C. This project capitalizes on empowering women through business and the growing market for natural African hair products that meet needs specific to those hair types. Never before has the team undertaken such an ambitious project from scratch. Bel Cosmetics was a particularly stand out project to the judges.

“I am very proud of this year’s Enactus team,” said Benton Jones, Bryan College Enactus advisor and assistant professor of management. “They have continued to take on more impressive projects and to become more competitive.  The quality and breadth of projects this year impressed the judges, who are active professionals within their own industries.  This year’s projects included those with local and national impact in three areas: Economic Development in Haiti, Individual Health in Rhea County, and Job Preparedness in Rhea County.  With the guidance and support of our Business Advisory Board, we expect Enactus to continue to grow and to be competitive.”

The future is indeed bright for the Bryan College Enactus team. Their goals for the fall include locating trustworthy suppliers in Haiti, beginning to manufacture the leather conditioner on a larger scale, and expanding the leather care line to include other products, such as cleaner.

The team will also finish developing the first product in the Bel Cosmetic line and begin testing on the market. They are already planning additional products for the line, which will include skin moisturizers, lip products and face scrubs using all-natural Haitian ingredients.

“The amount of time and energy expended by both the Break For Change and Enactus teams on the Global Entrepreneurship Initiative cannot be overstated,” said recent graduate Abigail Brown. “In addition to the above projects, they also developed internships, marketing strategies, project ambassador programs, inventory management systems, and new product prototypes. Most importantly, they developed relationships with the people of Haiti and saw firsthand the ingenuity and resilience of the people.”

The Bryan College Enactus team is excited to return to Haiti next year and continue the work they have begun. New leadership and recruitment strategies for the fall are already in place to help build a team that will be able to accomplish these ambitious goals.

Bryan College students interested in Enactus, please email

You can learn more about Haiti Made by visiting

Written by Abigail Brown ‘18
Edited by Britney Wyatt – director of marketing

Bryan College generates $28 million annual economic impact in Rhea County

28 million dollar annual impact.June 13, 2018 – A recent study conducted by Younger Associates found that the economic impact generated by Bryan College and all related operations total $28.6 million for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Bryan College generates annual economic impact from ongoing operations and by capital investments. Economic impact is also generated by student spending in the local economy, as well as the special programs operated by the College that serve groups of people other than enrolled students.

“We are fortunate to be a part of such a strong community,” said Bryan College President Stephen Livesay. “This report shows that investment in Bryan College’s success coincides with the success of our area. Bryan continues to grow and develop so that we can help make all facets of our community stronger.”

Each year the staff, students, contractors, service providers and other vendors of Bryan College spend over $14 million with local businesses, including over $2.5 million on housing, over $2.5 million spent on transportation costs, and over $1.8 million spent for food and groceries.

Individuals employed by the College, both directly and indirectly, generated more than $18.2 million in total wages and benefits, and $551,922 in local tax revenues during the 2016-2017 school year.

In total, 574 jobs in Rhea County are supported by Bryan College operations. The College and dedicated contractors directly employ the full-time equivalent of 372 people. There are 202 indirect jobs that exist throughout the Rhea County economy because of the College’s operations. These jobs exist across all economic sectors in areas such as retail, business and professional services, wholesale suppliers, transportation, utilities, and construction.

The study, conducted by Younger Associates, is based on a model of the local economy, which utilizes data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis that is specific to Rhea County. Regional Input-Output Multipliers have been applied to determine economic impact in terms of dollar value of total economic output, jobs, wages, and local tax revenues generated as a result of Bryan College.

Younger Associates has conducted hundreds of economic impact studies across the United States for over 25 years. The firm’s methodology is recognized by the International Economic Development Council and utilized in courses by the Economic Development Institute.

Bryan College ranked among best online colleges in Tennessee

2018 Best Online Colleges for Value - Tennessee - SR Education Group - Ranking SealJune 5, 2018 – Bryan College was recently ranked #8 in the 2018 Best Online Colleges in Tennessee on  The ranking is based on affordability and academic strength.

“This ranking is based on value” said Kelsey D’Ewart with SR Education Group. “We manually researched every regionally accredited online college in the state, taking into account both tuition and academic strength in order to determine the best value schools for students.”

Bryan College offers affordable tuition rates and regularly updates curriculum to meet the needs of the job market. Bryan also offers outstanding extra value through the Bryan Difference Maker; a program through which qualifying Bryan graduates can earn a tuition-free master’s degree.

“Bryan College has been a recognized leader in adult education for over 20 years,” said Dr. Adina Scruggs, Dean of Adult and Graduate Studies. “As the overall education market has trended online, we have transitioned to this preferred modality while maintaining the quality standards expected from Bryan.  We are honored by this recognition of placement in the best online colleges in Tennessee.”

Bryan College now offers seven online undergraduate degrees, twelve online graduate degrees, and two online graduate certificates. All online degrees are offered in an accelerated format to provide students the flexibility to work full-time and care for their families while earning a quality, valued degree.

Learn more about online education at Bryan College.

Bryan College making global impact through international development

The Bryan College entrance sign.May 31, 2018 – Earlier this month, Bryan College’s Center for International Development (CID) hosted Theresa Turtukowskyj from CARITAS, an international Catholic charity based out of Rome that serves the impoverished and vulnerable around the globe.

The Latin word for respect and love, CARITAS works to provide that and more for people in all walks of life. CARITAS offers services that support, counsel, and care for those in need including refugees, migrants, the elderly, individuals with mental and physical disabilities, and those seeking shelter from abuse.

Theresa Turtukowskyj, Director of CARITAS Burgenland, runs three major facilities along the eastern border of Austria that houses and treats children and adults with severe mental and physical disabilities.

In working with individuals with disabilities, CARITAS Burgenland stresses the principles of normalization, self-determination, and integration. CARITAS Burgenland integrates modern, needs-oriented services with high-quality care so that each individual can express their individuality and independence.

Turtukowskyj spent her time in Chattanooga visiting with local nonprofits including the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults, Siskin Hospital, and Orange Grove Center. She got to know local leaders and learned how the different nonprofits manage their various services and reviewed their policies so that she can improve how her centers are managed in Austria.

Dennis Miller, CID Director said, “Bryan College stresses the importance of outreach not only in our local community, but around the world. In connecting members of our community with those who do similar work across the globe, we are able to learn from each other and foster long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships.”

Bryan College’s CID and the Partnership have a long running relationship spanning over 13 years. In that time, Miller has connected the Partnership with seventeen guests from countries all around the globe including Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Greece, and China. These guests typically specialize in human rights issues like human and sex trafficking and abuse of women and children.

“Since 2005, Partnership has worked with Bryan College in spreading our mission of empowering people and building communities at a global scale,” said Partnership Chief Operating Officer Regina McDevitt. “Partnership has sent employees to Slovakia and Romania to consult and train directors at their centers, focusing on issues related to domestic violence and sexual assault. In a true give and take spirit, Partnership has brought home priceless experiences and knowledge to benefit our clients while also sharing the practices that have worked best for us to help them serve the vulnerable in their communities.”

Since 2003, CID has organized more than 600 global education lectures, seminars, conferences, and projects to provide Bryan students and others with the opportunity to interact with major international experts in areas such as business, politics and government, communications, Christian worldview, and more.

Bryan College 2018 faculty and staff service awards

May 23, 2018 – Each year Bryan College celebrates the years of service of the faculty and staff. The 2018 Citation of Merit awards are as follows.


25 Years of Service

Assistant Professor Bernie Belisle headshot Mr. Bernard Belisle
Assistant Professor of Performing Arts


20 Years of Service

Associate Professor Michael Palmer headshotMr. Michael Palmer
Associate Professor of Communication Studies


15 Years of Service 

Vance Berger, Brenda Sims, Karen Randen, Stephen Livesay(in order of appearance left to right)

Mr. Vance Berger

Mrs. Brenda Sims
Environmental Services

Mrs. Karen Randen
Physical Plant Office Manager
Landscaping Supervisor

Dr. Stephen Livesay

Mr. Dennis Miller (not pictured)
Executive Director of External Communications
Director, Center for International Development

Mr. Steven Paulson (not pictured)
Lead Instructional Designer, AGS


10 Years of Service 

Matt Meloncon, Vickie Patterson, A.J. Caudill, Dr. Adina Scruggs, Dr. Dwight Paige, Dr. Dave Perron(in order of appearance left to right)

Mr. Matt Meloncon
Senior Applications Developer

Mrs. Victoria Patterson
Student Financial Aid Specialist

Mr. A.J. Caudill
Pioneer Food Services Manager

Dr. Adinal L. Scruggs
Dean, School of Adult and Graduate Studies
Associate Processor of Business
Chair, Department of Business and Economics
Secretary of the Faculty

Dr. H. Dwight Page
Professor of Languages and Linguistics

Dr. David E. Perron
Associate Professor of Exercise and Health Science
Assistant Coach, Fishing

Dr. Kathryn A. Saynes (not pictured)
Associate Professor of Education
Chair, Department of Education

5 Years of Service 

Andrew Smith, Wendy Harris, Tommy Shook, Trudy Oviatt, Dwayne Hardyman, Dr. Daniel Gleeson

(in order of appearance left to right)

Mr. Andrew Smith
Assistant Director of Admissions

Mrs. Wendy Harris
Website Content Manager

Mr. Tommy Shook
General Repair and Maintenance Specialist

Mrs. Trudy Oviatt
Environmental Services Assistant

Mr. Dwayne Hardyman
Environmental Services Assistant

Mr. K. Daniel Gleeson
Assistant Professor of English
Assistant Director, Academic Success Center

Mrs. Chloe Townsend (not pictured)
Advancement Writer and Editor

Bryan College receives reaffirmation of accreditation of business and management programs

IACBE accredited official logoMay 16, 2018 – The Board of Commissioners of the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) recently reaffirmed accreditation of the business and management programs offered through Bryan College’s Department of Business and Economics and the School of Adult and Graduate Studies. The Council has seven principles that Bryan College met to receive accreditation. They are: outcomes assessment, strategic planning, curriculum, faculty, scholarly and professional activities, resources, internal and external relationships, international business education and, educational innovation. Bryan College undertook a rigorous self-evaluation; underwent a comprehensive peer review and met the principles to achieve reaccreditation.

The IACBE is nationally-recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA). It is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and management education. IACBE has hundreds of member institutions around the word and has accredited over 1,500 business and business-related programs in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Central America and South America.

“We are honored that the quality of our graduate and undergraduate business program has once again met the high standards of IACBE,” said Dr. Adina Scruggs, Dean of Adult and Graduate Studies, and department chair of Business and Economics. “I especially appreciate how the IACBE measures academic quality and excellence in business education as it relates to our mission of ‘educating students to become servants of Christ in today’s world’. The emphasis on mission-related outcomes is fundamental to the entire quality assurance process of the IACBE and truly reflects the desire of our business faculty on campus and online.”

Bryan College President Stephen Livesay said, “The faculty and staff of our Business and Economics Department are to be congratulated for this tremendous achievement. They are setting a high level of standards for our students which in turn, prepares students for the business world they are about to enter. Thanks to their efforts, our students can confidently enter their professions prepared and ready to meet both present and future demands of business.”

About the IACBE – The International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) was founded in 1997 and is nationally-recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The IACBE is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and management education for student-centered colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions throughout the world. The IACBE has hundreds of member institutions and campuses worldwide, and has accredited over 1,500 business and business-related programs in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Central America, and South America.

The IACBE’s World Headquarters are located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, 66215, USA. For more information, please visit the IACBE’s website at

Holcomb receives Staff Member of the Year: teacher and scholar of the year announced

May 9, 2018 – Bryan College recently bestowed several faculty and staff awards in the annual Honors Chapel service on April 25. Each year Bryan College supervisors and colleagues nominate a full-time staff member who has modeled exemplary service to the college for Staff Member of the Year. The 2018 recipient of the Staff Member of the Year is David Holcomb, scholarship fund director and director of the Bryan College Martial Arts Academy.

David Holcomb holding his award for Staff Member of the Year

The 2018 Teacher of the Year recipient is Dr. Samuel Youngs. The Teacher of the Year is selected from nominations received by students, staff, faculty, administrators or alumni. The recipient exemplifies excellent teaching skills, mastery of content, effective communication skills, integration of faith in the classroom and in his life, and is widely viewed as a positive influence on the Bryan community.

Dr. Samuel Youngs as the Teacher of the Year recipient.

The 2018 Scholar of the Year is Dr. Neal Doran. This award celebrates the scholarly activity of the faculty both in its traditional forms of publishing and presenting and in its less traditional forms, such as performing and professional consulting. This award recognizes the effort it takes to engage in one’s discipline and with one’s peers.

Dr. Neal Doran as the Scholar of the Year recipient.

The Faculty Appreciation Award is selected by the Office of Admissions and recognizes a deserving faculty member who has gone above and beyond to meet with prospective students and families during their visits, make phone calls, and assist the Admission Office in their mission of recruiting students to Bryan College. Dr. Daniel Gates is the 2018 recipient of the Faculty Appreciation Award.

Dr. Daniel Gates headshot

Bryan College congratulates all the award recipients. We are grateful for your dedication to Bryan College and our students.

Bryan Graduates one hundred thirty two in commencement 2018 ceremonies

Graduating senior Shania Rogers, SGA president, cheers on fellow graduates during 2018 commencement.
Graduating senior and SGA president Shania Rogers cheers on fellow graduates during 2018 commencement.

May 7, 2018 – On May 5, a mild and overcast morning, the Class of 2018 proudly turned their tassels as Bryan College conferred upon them their well-earned degrees. College president Dr. Stephen D. Livesay charged them with “honoring the motto of your alma matter, “Christ above all. For as you honor and live out that motto you honor Bryan College and all who have gone on before you representing this college throughout the world. And as you do so, you give encouragement and support to all who continue on in this ministry at Bryan.”

The morning ceremonies featured Abigail Brown as the senior class commencement speaker. Miss Brown spoke with poise and wit and reflected on the class of 2018’s time at Bryan College. Also speaking was Dr. Kenneth Hanna, former Bryan College president, who reflected on his time at Bryan College and encouraged the graduates to finish strong. A total of one hundred thirty two degrees were bestowed in the School of Arts and Sciences and School of Adult and Graduate Studies, including two Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degrees, six Master of Business Administration degrees, three Master of Education degrees, 65 Bachelor of Science degrees, 32 Bachelor of Arts degrees, 20 Bachelor of Business degrees, one Associate of Arts degree, and three Associate of Science degrees.

During this exciting weekend Bryan also welcomed back many alumni from the Class of 1968, who were honored as “Golden Grads,” receiving commemorative diplomas from Dr. Livesay during the commencement ceremony.

Alumni Director Paulakay Hall ’84 remarks, “make your life count, let your light shine… and make a difference Bryan lions. Welcome as our newest members of a priceless link in a golden chain of Bryan alumni.”


P.A. Boyd Prizes: Awarded to the seniors whose principles and character have secured for them the highest degree of influence over their fellow students.

  • Emily Bell
  • Stephen Ricketts

Highest Scholastic Record:

  • Chesney Brakhage – 4.0

Most Progress:

  • Emily Teft
  • Kevin Roenpage

Faithfulness and Loyalty Award:

  • Chava Green
  • Stephen Ricketts

Former CIA officer speaks to Bryan Students

May 5, 2018 – On Monday, April 9, students filled the Rhea County room to hear a lecture organized by the Bryan Center for International Development (CID). The featured speaker, a former CIA officer, spent her life serving the secretive organization. Due to the sensitive nature of her work, we are unable to include her name and photo.

Following the presentation, students expressed a sense of confusion and had difficulty reconciling such a sweet woman with their vision of a CIA officer. But that is what the students saw. A short, sweet woman who, even though she spent her life serving the CIA, did not conform to what the students suspected her to be: cold and distant. Such a situation speaks to a broader issue: the distrust between the public and the CIA.

Part of the distrust springs from a misunderstanding of what the CIA does. But, put simply, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) collects intelligence, whether openly or covertly. Collecting methods vary. After collecting, analysts siphon through the information, discerning what is true and false. The CIA will also “work on fostering relations at our host country at every opportunity,” the former CIA officer said.

“It does make us sad that we are misunderstood or maybe not appreciated, but it doesn’t affect how we do our work because the work is really important.”

Another aspect of the distrust springs from what the public can know. “The public is not allowed to hear about our successes because all of them are classified information,” she said. “Occasionally, the failures become headlines because of course they become big news when something bad happens.” The public does not hear about any of the successes but only hears of the failures.

This distrust also results from the public viewing the CIA as the government. “Most people don’t trust government. They view the CIA as government. And we’re really not. We don’t govern anything.” As a part of the Executive Branch, the CIA does work for the government, but she explained, they are not the government.

“There are a lot of flaws with [the US government],” she said. “But I love my country with a passion. I would give my life for my country in a heartbeat if I thought it would amount to anything worthwhile.” Most of the CIA and definitely her colleagues, felt that way, she said. “We were doing God’s work. We always joked about that. We are doing God’s work because we are keeping our country safe.”

This love for her country seeps out of her at Independence Day celebrations. American Embassies celebrate the Fourth of July by hosting huge events, and at these events, she said, “I always got teary-eyed when we began with the National Anthem.”

Not only did she and her colleagues have a love for country, but they had a sense of humor, she explained. One day, she was walking by the logs office in headquarters and looking to her left, she saw Mr. Tenet, her boss. He was having a bad day, she said. He had been testifying on the Hill. “He looked haggard.” So, he decided to check out the logs department, only to find it was run by younger people. When he walked in, they froze. And he joked saying, “Is there any adult supervision here?”

Another time, she was given complete access to every cable that oversaw Russia. She went to her bosses’ office, and leaning against the door, she said, “By the time I get to my car, I’ll have forgotten everything.” And so, they responded, she said, by saying, “That’s why we chose you.”

Responding to this notion that CIA are cold and distant, almost robots, she said, “They are humans. I worked with humans only. You have to have a sense of humor because life can get you down.”

When she was stationed in Tel-Aviv, Israel during the initial Gulf War, Saddam Hussein was bombing them. To handle the stress, she would bake cakes. Then the next day, she would give them to her colleagues.

Another aspect of the distrust comes from many drawing a comparison between the CIA and the KGB, Russia’s security agency. “The CIA does not operate in the same way as the KGB,” she said. “We don’t poison people. We don’t kill people. We don’t do that kind of thing.” And even though both are security agencies, “The CIA cannot be compared to the KGB.”

At its founding in 1954, the KGB “quickly assumed responsibility for arresting, imprisoning, and executing ‘enemies of the state.’” The Bolshevik government wielded the KGB to be “sword and shield of the Communist Party.”

The CIA, however, was founded in 1947 by the National Security Act under Harry S. Truman’s administration. In the early days of the CIA, the former CIA officer said, many worked without a paycheck because they were already wealthy and wanted to serve their country. Legend has it that the heir of the Campbell Soup company served with the CIA. He supposedly never cashed any of his checks, she said.

What students saw in the Rhea County room was not what many of them assumed they would see, but instead, the students saw a cheery, humorous, woman who spent her life serving the CIA.

Written by Nathan Ecarma ’19, Christian studies: bible option, journalism minor

Edited by Britney Wyatt, director of marketing