Appointed NGU Trustees Announced

North Greenville University announced the addition of five new Board of Trustees members. The university’s trustees are appointed by the South Carolina Baptist Convention to serve a five-year term (2013-2017). These five include:

Dr. Ralph Carter of Greer will serve his first term. He is pastor of Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Taylors.

Carter received his Associate of Arts degree from Anderson University, Bachelor of Science from Charleston Southern University, master of divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary, and Doctor of Ministry from Southeastern Theological Seminary.

He has served as president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, chairman of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force with the Southern Baptist Convention, and president of the SC Pastor’s Conference.

He and his wife, Regina, have two adult children: Angela and Matthew.

Mrs. Beverly Nix Hawkins of Easley begins her second term on the board.

Hawkins received her Associate in Science degree from North Greenville and her Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University.

She is recently retired from her position as Sr. Vice President of Software Solutions at Computer Software Innovations, Inc. in Easley. 

She and her husband, Brine, have three children: Ashton, Kristyn, and Logan and are members of Rock Springs Baptist Church in Easley.

Mr. Lucian R. Lee, Jr. of Greer and President of Hale’s Jewelers of Greenville will also be serving his second term on the NGU board.

Lee received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Clemson University in 1973. 

He is a member of Jewelers of America, American Gem Society, Greenville Lions Club, Camperdown Academy and member of Greer State Bank Board of Advisors. He is a member of Taylors First Baptist Church where he has served as deacon, Director of Missions, and Adult Sunday School Teacher.  

Lee and his wife Jeanie have one adult son, Bruce. 

Mrs. Laura Wood Messer from the Tigerville area begins her third term on the North Greenville board.

Both she and her husband, Ron, are 1967 graduates of North Greenville.

Messer currently serves on the school’s Christian Ministry Scholarship Fund Board and is in leadership with the Women’s Auxiliary Board. She is a former Senior Vice President with First Citizens Bank in Columbia.

Dr. Bruce A. Russell of Moore has agreed to come back on the board for another term. He is a retired Baptist minister serving in churches across the southeast.

Russell received his undergraduate degree from Bob Jones University in 1951. He later received his Bachelor of Divinity, Master of Religious Education, and Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. NGU honored him in 1997 with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.

Russell and his wife,Virginia, have two adult sons, Bruce Jr. and Tim, and have five grandchildren and one great grandchild. They are members at Southside Baptist Church in Spartanburg.