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Office of the Chief Academic Officer


Dr. Randall Panell, M.Div., Ph.D.

Chief Academic Officer

Randall J. Pannell, M.Div.; Ph.D. is the Chief Academic Officer for Undergraduate, Adult and Graduate School Progams. Pannell came to the institution in 2011 as the Vice President of Academic Affairs. For the previous 29 months before returning full-time to the CAO post, Pannell served as the interim president for NGU.

Pannell has more than 30 years of teaching and leadership experience in higher education. Prior to coming to NGU, he served as Chief Academic Officer of the graduate colleges at Regent University, as well as tenures as interim VPAA and CEO, along academic dean and associate professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA.

He has also served as assistant professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, associate professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at the Seminário Internacional Teológico Bautista in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His experience also includes vice president for academic affairs and acting president at Coral Ridge University in Houston, TX, and vice president for academic affairs and associate professor at American Christian College in Houston, TX.

He has written over 40 reviews and published over 12 articles in English and Spanish. He is a member of the Institute for Biblical Research, National Association for Professors of Hebrew, National Case Study Institute, National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA), Society for the Study of the Old Testament, and Society of Biblical Literature.

Pannell holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Religion from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, a Master of Divinity in Biblical and Theological Studies and Ph.D. in Ancient Semitic Languages and Old Testament Literature from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Suzanne Sellers

Administrative Assistant to the Vice President

Suzanne is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, moving to South Carolina in 1999. She joined North Greenville University's staff in 2009, initially serving in the College of Science and Math, and September 2011 began as Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Adult and Graduate Studies. She resides in Landrum, South Carolina with her husband of forty-two years, Terry.

Graduate Academic Services Staff


Dr. Tawana Scott

Associate Vice President for Adult & Graduate Academic Services

Dr. Tawana Scott earned her Ed. D. in Higher Education Leadership from Union University. She is a graduate of The University of Georgia and North Greenville University. She has served North Greenville University for 10 years, currently serving as Associate Vice President for Adult & Graduate Academic Services. She also serves in the role of adjunct teaching for the graduate school. One of her greatest passions is assisting students reach their educational goals.

Kelly Tillinghast

Graduate Academic Advisor

Kelly Tillinghast is the Graduate Academic Advisor for the T. Walter Brashier Graduate School. She was born and raised in Boiling Springs, South Carolina where she still lives with her Husband and 2 daughters. Kelly received and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from Columbia College in 2013 and an undergraduate degree in Mass Communications from Lander University in 2008. Kelly is passionate about helping students succeed and walking step by step with them through their academic journey.


Graduate School of Business


Ron Gregory

Dean of the Graduate School of Business

Ron Gregory is a native of Greenville, graduate of Furman, with an MBA and Ph.D. from Clemson, and joined the NGU Graduate School faculty in 2011 where he now serves as Dean of the MBA Program. His business background is in finance and real estate, and his academic concentrations are economics, finance and related fields and entrepreneurship. (He has one son and one granddaughter who live nearby.) He is an active student of local history, especially the early settlement of Greenville and business leaders prior to the 20th century.

Tracy Kramer


Tracy Kramer has been at North Greenville University since 2006 and served as dean of the Graduate Business program from 2007 - 2012.  She received her Ph. D. from the University of Alabama and taught at George Mason University and Erskine College before joining the faculty at NGU.  Her primary area of study is strategic management, specifically small business and non-profit growth. Additionally, Kramer is a certified Etiquette and Protocol professional. She delivers speeches and writes on the topic of professionalism and serves as a consultant to companies. Kramer’s husband David is an entrepreneurial engineer with a private business in automation and control.  They have two children, Brad and Natalie, and two dogs.  Dr. Kramer serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement, the Leadership Development Committee for the Greer Chamber of Commerce, and the Moonlight and Magnolias Committee for the American Cancer Society.


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