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Accounting Department

Roy Garris | Chair of Accounting Department

Roy Garris

Chair of the Accounting Department

Roy Garris holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina. Garris also has more than 50 years of work experience as an insurance agent, attorney at law, CPA, and educator. He has taught the following courses: Accounting Principles; Intermediate Accounting; Advanced Accounting; Cost Accounting; Auditing; Income Taxation; Business Law; Accounting Applications, using accounting software, spreadsheets, and computerized income tax preparations; Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting; and Fraud and Corporate Responsibility. His hobbies include water sports and horseback riding.




Tony Beck | Instructor


Tony Beck


Tony Beck received his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of South Carolina and his master's degree from Gardner-Webb University. Beck has also taught online classes for the University of Phoenix. He has owned a computer consulting business and was a partner in an accounting tax office prior to coming to NGU. Beck and his wife Tonya have been married for 18 years. They together have three boys: Braylon, Jonathon, and Preston. As a family, they are current members of Praise Cathedral Church of God in Greer, S.C.



Sarah Provence | Instructor

Sarah Provence


Sarah Provence grew up in the Upstate of South Carolina and attended NGU, where she earned her bachelor's degree in accounting. She then went on to attain her Master of Accountancy at Gardner-Webb University. Provence has experience working at Bailey Law Firm, The Upstate Association of Homeschools, Sew-Eurodrive, and Spartanburg Community College. She continues to reside in the Upstate with her husband and two dogs.



Business Administration Department

Steve Holcombe | Chair of the Business Administration Department

Steve Holcombe  

Chair of the Business Administration Department 

Steve Holcombe teaches Business Analytics, Business Strategy, Management Information Systems, Operations Management, Personal Finance, and Professional Development at NGU. Holcombe holds a bachelor's degree in industrial management, with a minor in engineering, a Master of Business Administration degree, and a Master of Science degree from Clemson University, as well as a doctorate in organization and management, with a concentration in information technology management from Capella University. Holcombe has over 20 years of experience in three industrial companies. His top hobbies are travel and history. He and his wife have one daughter who is a paramedic, as well as two grandchildren.




Richard Gianni | Instructor

Richard Gianni


Richard Gianni's educational background includes engineering, business, and also education. His teaching experience spans more than 20 years, including 10 years outside of the USA, and includes the instruction of courses in the areas of business, mathematics, computer technology, and sciences. Gianni's wife teaches music in Spartanburg, and they have one son. Gianni enjoys the opportunity to share his faith in his teaching and relationships with his students. He feels very blessed to be a part of NGU.



Jason Ross


Jason Ross serves as an adjunct instructor of business administration in the College of Business Administration Department at NGU. Ross earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and a Master of Business Administration from North Greenville University. Ross is also the Director for Corporate Development for NGU where he is actively engaged in working to establish long-term partnerships and strengthen existing relationships with the corporate and foundation sector, as well as other key communities, that will result in funding for the immediate and long-term goals of the University. Prior to teaching at NGU, Ross worked as the Assistant Vice President for Carolina First Bank in Greenville, S.C. He also previously earned the rank of Captain in the SC Military Department where he serves as the commander for Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade. In his spare time, Ross enjoys parachuting, weapons qualification, camping, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. He and his wife Shelley have one son, Kaiden.




Feliccia Smith | Professor

Feliccia Smith


Feliccia Smith earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics (1996) with an emphasis in statistics from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay; a Master of Arts in management from Webster University (1998); and a doctorate in leadership and organizational change from Walden University (2003). Smith is also a small business owner. Prior to entering higher education, she honed experience in K-12 public education; county and federal government; the nonprofit sector; and corporate America. Smith states that teaching has always been her lifelong passion, and she is grateful that she is able to live a life according to God's purpose and plan for her life.



International Business Department

Jon Boulet | Coordinator 

Jon Boulet

Coordinator of the International Business Department

Jon Boulet serves as department coordinator of the International Business Department at NGU. Boulet served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1986 to 1994 and then earned his doctorate in economics at Clark University in 1999. He holds a first degree black belt in karate. He has written several fiction books and short stories. He has also been a guest regarding economic issues on several radio programs.




Francisco Salles | Assistant Professor 

Francisco Salles

Assistant Professor

Francisco Salles serves as an assistant professor of international business at NGU. He earned his doctorate in economics at Vanderbilt University in 1967. He has served in the Agricultural Ministry in Brazil, coordinating and directing governmental policy decisions. He has also done consulting on international business operations for firms looking to do business in Latin America.     




Marketing Department

Mollie Withers | Adjunct Instructor
Mollie Withers

Adjunct instructor in the Marketing Department

Mollie Withers serves as an adjunct instructor of marketing in the Marketing Department at NGU. Withers earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in international business and a master's in business administration from North Greenville University. Prior to teaching at NGU, Withers worked in nonprofit marketing and event planning and management in Greenville, S.C. She also previously earned a certification in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and volunteered as an ESL teacher in Greenville, S.C., for the Greenville Literacy Association. In her spare time, Withers enjoys traveling, running, cycling, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. She and her husband Seth have one son, Franklin, and another new addition on the way.


Sport Management

Jeff Briggs | Chair of Sport Management Department

Jeff P. Briggs

Chair of the Sport Management Department
Coordinator of the coaching certification program

Jeff Briggs earned his doctorate in sport management from Florida State University in 1999. In addition to his service at NGU, he currently serves as an adjunct professor in the graduate sport management program with Central Michigan University at its Atlanta campus. He also serves as president and CEO of Briggs Consulting. His most popular publication, The Bowling-Specific Training Manual, is now in its fourth edition and has sold several thousand copies in over 50 different countries. Briggs is married to Sara, and they are raising three wonderful children: Hannah, Rebekah, and Joshua. He enjoys bowling, racquetball, squash, and exercise, and he cheers on all Cleveland, Ohio, and Ohio State University sport teams.




Ralph Johnson | Dean of College of Business and Sport Professions 

Ralph L. Johnson

Dean of the College of Business and Sport Professions
MBA faculty member

Ralph Johnson earned his bachelor's in education, with majors in social studies and health and physical education, from Youngstown State University. He earned his master's in physical education and recreation administration from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and his doctorate in sport administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Johnson currently serves as an adjunct graduate faculty member at Clemson University. He retired from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education in 1997 after serving 25 years as director of aquatic facilities and programs and coordinator of graduate studies in sport science at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Johnson is the author of more than 110 textbooks, research studies, instructional videos, and professional articles in a variety of aquatic areas. Johnson's expertise in aquatic research is highly respected and sought out by universities; aquatic agencies; federal, state, and foreign governments; and attorneys throughout the United States, North America, and the Caribbean Basin.



Frederick Battenfield | Professor 

Frederick L. Battenfield

Associate sport information director

Fred Battenfield earned his doctorate in sport management at Florida State University, and his dissertation is titled "An Ethnographic Study of the Culture of Communication in the Sports Information Office in a Division I-A Athletic Program." He earned his master's degree at the United States Sports Academy, a bachelor's in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin, and an associate's degree from Yavapai College. Prior to returning to graduate school, Battenfield spent 22 years as a college sports information director. He was assistant athletic director for community relations at Barry University in Miami Shores, FL, and previously served as sports information director at Rollins College (Winter Park, FL) and The University of Texas at San Antonio. In addition to the Olympics, Battenfield has participated in numerous national and international sporting events, including the World Cup, Olympic qualifying events, and he has also been a television and radio commentator. He currently resides in Greer with his wife Katie, daughter Julianna, and son Robby.



Jerry Boone | Associate Professor 

Jerry W. Boone

Associate professor

Jerry Boone earned his doctorate in kinesiology at Louisiana State University in May 1995. His research interests include the goal perspectives of individuals as they relate to achievement and how the learning climate in which an individual is involved affects success. He earned his master's degree in physical education at Central State University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education from the University of Southeastern Louisiana, and an associate's degree from Oklahoma City Southwestern College. Boone has over 40 years of experience in college coaching and athletic administration at the NJCAA, NAIA, and NCCAA level. Boone resides in Taylors, S.C., with his wife, Dr. Glenda Boone. He has two daughters, Kristen and Erin, and three grandchildren.



Micah Sepko | Instructor 

Micah A. Sepko

Assistant athletic director for media relations

Micah Sepko earned a bachelor's degree and a Master of Science in parks, recreation, and tourism management from Clemson University in 1999 and 2001. Sepko has been honored as a Mid-South Conference Coach twice, earned Who's Who Among America's Professionals, and been highlighted by COSIDA and a variety of other professional organizations. He resides in Greer, S.C., with his wife Kate and three wonderful children: Hannah, Emma Jane, and Kaleb.

Robert Bradley | Instructor
Robert Bradley

Compliance director for the Athletic Department

Robert Bradley's educational background is in athletic training and athletic training education. He received his master's from Georgia Southern University in 1999. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree from the United States Sports Academy in sport management, with an emphasis in sports medicine. During his career, Bradley has served as both a head athletic trainer at the college level but also as the program director for two CAATE-accredited athletic training education programs. Bradley is a proud father of two great preschool kids and husband to a wonderful wife. He rejoices to call Jesus Christ his best friend, Lord, and Savior and enjoys the opportunity to share his faith in his teaching and relationships with his students.

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