The Office of Student Life strives to serve lead, and engage students in the context of a Christ-centered campus. This is accomplished by offering services in the areas of Residence Life, Student Conduct, Campus Recreation, Student Leadership, Career Planning, and Student Health. In all things the Office of Student Life desires to deliver services in a professional and caring manner with a servant's hear
Student Life at NGU seeks to:
- Create and maintain a Christ-centered campus community.
- Provide opportunities for students to grow and develop toward their maximum potential in all aspects of their lives.
- Encourage social engagement and involvement throughout the campus community.
Billy Watson, Director for Student Life
Billy Watson is the Director for Student Life and has served the University for 30 years. He is originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina. Currently, Billy and his family reside in Tigerville. He holds an Associate's Degree in Recreation, a Bachelor's Degree in Religion and a Master's Degree in Christian Ministry from North Greenville University. He has also studied at Clemson University. During his time at North Greenville, Billy has served as Student Activities Coordinator, Intramural Coordinator, Housing Coordinator, Head Soccer Coach, Defensive Line Coach for the football team, Admissions Counselor, and Director for Student Life for the last 10 years.
Beyond his official roles, Billy has been involved in many aspects of campus life! He and his wife, Angie (a 20 year NGU staff member), will celebrate 30 years of marriage in September of 2016. They have two sons, Bill and John Michael. Bill and his wife, Julie, work for the Student Life Office at Shorter University in Rome, GA. John Michael is a seventh grader at Blue Ridge Middle School. Billy and his family are members of Locust Hill Baptist Church. He and Angie are also active in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Travelers Rest. Billy also serves as a commissioner for the Tigerville Fire Department.
When he's not in the office, Billy enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, supporting his boys in their athletic pursuits and other interests, and following the Atlanta Braves, Clemson Tigers and the North Greenville Crusaders!
Billy's goal in his ministry at North Greenville is to follow Jesus' example of service to others
Carolyn Traynham, Secretary for Student Life
Carolyn joined the North Greenville family in October of 2007. Majoring in music, she attended the University of South Carolina and Furman University. She has served in music ministry at several churches in the Golden Strip area of lower Greenville County.
Carolyn and her husband Bill have two children, Holly and Blake. Holly is an alumna of North Greenville University and Blake is an alumnus of The Citadel. She has two grandchildren, Jackson and Garrett.
Outside of work and enjoying her family, she loves to quilt.
Jared Thomas, Assistant Director for Student Life
Jared Thomas is the Assistant Director for Student Life and has been in this position since August of 2014. He also serves as an adjunct professor in the Psychology department here at NGU. He is originally from Gastonia, NC and attended NGU from 2006 until 2009. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Christian Studies from North Greenville in 09. From NGU, He moved to New Orleans, LA to attend New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminar. While at NOBTS he earned a Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Theology Masters. He is currently working towards completing his PhD. in Psychology and Counseling through NOBTS. His dissertation is focused on measuring potential support services that can increase student success in a university setting.
While a student at NOBTS, Jared worked as the seminary's Blackboard Administrator for 3 years before becoming their Assistant Registrar. He served in this position for 2 and a half years before accepting his current position at NGU.
Jared is also holds a provisional counseling license through SC (LPC-I #6288) and is very willing to counsel any student desiring help.Jared currently lives in Tigerville, SC with his wife, Lindsay, and his two children, Turner-Clint and Liza Jill. He loves to be around people and invites you to stop by his office anytime that he is available.
Lorry Green, Residence Life Coordinator for Women
Lorry has served North Greenville University since 1998. She is responsible for the overseeing of over 700 ladies within North Greenville's Housing Department. Ms Green has several assistant coordinators under her direction, which help her provide a Christian environment in a residential setting. She provides supervision and training for more than 34 female resident assistants. Ms Green is involved in every aspect of the student's life in her care.
Lorry Green attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and received her Master's degree in Christian Education. She attended Baptist College of Charleston and received her Bachelor's degree in Science. Ms Green also attended North Greenville College were she received her Associate's degree in General Studies. After graduating from Seminary, she worked for the Georgia Baptist Children's Home and Family Ministries. In 1998, Ms Green moved back to South Carolina and started working for North Greenville University. Lorry is married to Daniel Green. They have one daughter, Mary Ann Green.
Dillon Key, Residence Life Coordinator for Men
Dillon Key is the Men's Residence Life Coordinator at North Greenville University. Dillon is originally from Spartanburg, SC where he grew up. He has a Bachelor's degree in History from North Greenville University in Tigerville, SC. After graduation, Dillon worked at North Greenville University as the Coordinator for Intramural Sports from 2010 until 2014. In 2014 he started his current position in the department of Housing and Residence Life. Dillon currently lives in Tigerville, SC with his wife Kim and his son Josiah. He is very excited about his position with the University and is looking forward to continuing to serve this campus for many years to come.
Whitney Simms, Student Activities Coordinator
Whitney is the Coordinator of Student Activities in the Student Life Department at North Greenville University. She has a background in the field of Outdoor Adventure and Recreation and a Bachelor's Degree in Outdoor Education and Leadership from North Greenville University. During undergraduate work, Whitney served as an intern for GOAT-Great Outdoor Adventure Trips, an adventure based non-profit ministry serving under-resourced youth of Greenville, SC. Before joining the Student Life Staff, Whitney was working as a challenge course facilitator and wilderness expedition guide for various companies in the upstate and western North Carolina. Whitney is currently working towards becoming a challenge course manager through the ACCT.
Whitney lives with her husband Jacob Simms and son Cooper Simms in Tigerville, SC. Their family enjoys running together, going on outdoor adventures, gardening, and spending quality time with friends and family. The Simms family attend Grace Church of Greenville. Jacob and Whitney are both passionate about students and their development as well rounded members of society. Their family hopes to one day have the opportunity to serve as residential camp directors for an adventure based camp.
Kyle Roberts, Intramural Sports CoordinatorKyle has been serving as the Intramural Sports Coordinator for almost two years. He graduated from North Greenville University in December of 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness. He enjoys participating in all sports and fitness activities. He currently lives in Tigerville, SC with his wife Abby. He is excited to be serving in this position and is looking forward to helping this program grow for many years to come.
Jamie Daughtry, Student Leadership Coordinator
Jamie Daughtry is the Student Leadership Coordinator and Assistant Women's Housing Coordinator at North Greenville University. She is originally from Peachtree City, Georgia and is enjoying getting to know South Carolina. She has a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduation from Samford, Jamie moved to Canada and served as a Youth Minister for 5 years. Jamie started at the University in January of 2012. She has loved getting to know students and building relationships with them. And she loves War Eagle!
The Office of Student Conduct supports the Office of Student Life and the University in maintaining a Christian learning and living campus environment. The OSC seeks to engage, serve and lead students by providing educational and awareness opportunities that help students achieve their personal and academic goals and by administering the Student Code of Conduct in a fair and consistent manner.
Student Experience Outcomes
Through the Office of Student Conduct students should gain an understanding of:
- The role faith plays in developing personal values and behaviors.
- University conduct policies and procedures as found in the Enlightener-Student Handbook and how they relate to providing a proper Christian environment on campus.
- How their choices and decisions affect their academic and personal goals and success now and in the future.
- How their choices and decisions affect the community as a whole.
- Pertinent topics regarding personal conduct.
This year's Family Weekend will be held on September 30 through October 2.
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