Bryan College Announces 2018 Vision to Reality Plans

Illustration of the Future Athletic Field HouseJanuary 29, 2018 – Visitors to Bryan College’s campus will soon be greeted with the sounds of construction and signs for upcoming projects that will showcase the College’s ‘2018 Making a Difference: Vision to Reality’ initiative. These exciting updates will provide new opportunities and benefits for students.

A significant announcement will be made in the coming days regarding a new school within the College, thanks to the generosity of a College alumnus.

The College is currently searching for a Provost and Vice President of Academics to provide leadership and direction for many of these efforts.   Dr. Kevin Clauson will be returning to the classroom and pursuing his passion as Director of the Center for Faith, Freedom and Constitution for the College.

The College has significant capital projects underway during each quarter of 2018. New field lights will be installed just in time for softball practice and provide additional lighting for evening games. In the spring, new roofing will prepare campus buildings for energy efficient upgrades.

New solar panels will also be installed on Latimer Student Center, Mercer Hall and the library. An upgrade of the energy management system will be made followed by the remodeling of the practice gym and construction on Mercer’s third floor to provide additional classrooms and faculty offices.

Construction of a new Welcome Center will begin and the College’s tennis courts will be renovated over the summer months. Fall will see the completion of most of these projects with construction planning beginning for a new Field House for the athletic program.

Bryan College President Stephen Livesay said, “The blessings we are receiving come at a pivotal time for Bryan College. God has given us the means to provide new programs, infrastructure and equipment that will further our mission of educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world. This is an exciting time for all of us at Bryan College. We are incredibly grateful for the support we’ve received and look forward to continuing to make a difference.”

Spring 2018 Semester in Full Swing, Opens with Engage Conference

January 19, 2018 – The spring 2018 semester has taken Bryan College by storm – or perhaps by flurry with the spattering of snow to hit East Tennessee this month. Students have returned to campus and class amid miniature snowmen and chilly winds. Everywhere there is the fresh energy and promise of a new year.

The semester officially began on January 10, although many student leaders and athletes arrived the week prior. To kick off the new year, the Engage Conference encouraged students to consider the role of the church in today’s increasingly post-Christian society. These sessions were hosted by keynote speaker Greg Darley.

Darley serves as a mobilization and generosity consultant with Generis, helping non-profits, schools, and churches fully fund their kingdom visions. He has authored multiple books, including Wasted Prayer. Darley is also IJM’s former director of college mobilization, the founder of Backstage Leadership, the executive director of World Causes, and a founding member of The Good Society.

During his talks Darley spoke about how “in a post-Christian society, our job is still the same” and encouraged students to deeply and practically consider their role in influencing culture for Christ. The method he proposed was not for listeners to view uncertain futures through “me-centered” lenses, but rather through the lens of asking God what He is currently doing in the world and how one can help further those causes: preaching the Gospel, compassion, justice, love, charity, generosity, and so on.

He said, “The journey God takes people on starts with invitation, and before they get to activation, in the center there’s a season of preparation.” In this current world of “hacks” and “shortcuts,” Darley pointed out, the idea of the hard (sometimes grueling) work of preparation is not a popular one – but vital to future success: “My encouragement is to start now!”

Hilltop Players to Present Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap

January 19, 2018 – The Hilltop Players will be presenting Agatha Christie’s acclaimed murder mystery The Mousetrap on January 25-27 and February 1-3. This dessert theatre production will take place in the newly renovated Brock Hall with doors opening at 7 P.M. each evening.

This classic mystery includes a group of strangers stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the owners of the boarding house, a spinster, and architect, a retired army major, a strange little man, and a judge. Into their midst comes a policeman, and he no sooner arrives and the judge is killed. Two down and one to go. To get the rationale of the murderer’s pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present and rattles a lot of skeletons. Attendees should come expecting a famous Agatha Christie finish!

Reserve Your Ticket Now!

Tickets are available in the Box Office (Rudd 114) Monday-Friday from 11 A.M. to 4:30 P.M..

  • Non-Bryan Students: $8
  • Adults: $11

Call the Box Office with any questions at 423.775.7500.

Online Business Program Places High in Rankings

January 19, 2018 – Bryan College’s online business program geared toward adult learners has recently received the distinction of placing in two national rankings.

The college has placed #6 in The Best Colleges’ “Top 25 Online Associate in Business Administration Programs for 2018” and #23 in Best College Reviews’ “Top 24 Associate’s Degree Programs in Business Online 2017-2018.” Both of these rankings looked at colleges and universities from all over the country, including Indiana Wesleyan University, Belhaven University, Liberty University, and University of Phoenix (among many others). Rankings were based on factors such as tuition, customization options, and graduation rate.

Bryan’s program boasts 6-week accelerated online classes, a Christian worldview, and competitive tuition rates with financial aid available to those who qualify. Graduates of the program complete all general education requirements for the School of Adult and Graduate Studies, which allows for a seamless transition into the bachelor’s degree program later.

According to, “The skills obtained through an online associate degree in business will prepare you for a career in many different industries. Organizational, interpersonal communication, budgeting, and marketing expertise will make you a competitive candidate for jobs as an administrative or executive assistant within corporations, healthcare organizations, and technology firms.”

Daniel Gates, an assistant business professor at Bryan, remarked, “As a professor at Bryan College it is gratifying to hear that our hard work is recognized. We do our best as instructors to bring in our own academic, real world, and Christian worldview into the classroom; I know it is the unique experiences of our faculty that allow Bryan College to deliver a quality education that focuses on a biblical worldview.”

To learn more about Bryan’s Associate of Science in Business online degree program, visit the website here!

Written by Chloe Ann Townsend ’13, advancement writer and editor.