North Greenville University has recently announced five new trustees to serve on their board of trustees. The university’s trustees are appointed by the South Carolina Baptist Convention to serve a five-year term (2014-2018). These five include:
Mr. Jimmy E. Cox of Taylors begins his second term on the board. Cox served in the United States Navy from 1956-1960 and is currently the CEO of Walker & Whiteside Inc. of Greenville. He has been a board member of Bethany Christian Services, Miracle Hill Ministries and is a Gideon. He and his wife, Norma Jean, have three children and eight grandchildren. They are members of Mountain Creek Baptist Church.
Dr. Arnold E. Emery of Landrum begins his fifth term on the board of trustees. His first term was 1983 to 1987. He also served from 1996 to 2000, 2002-2006, 2008-2012 during which time he served as chairman. He is the retired president of Arnold Emery Enterprises, Inc. He is a 1958 graduate of North Greenville where he received his associate's degree; he then attended Furman University. When North Greenville added business administration to its four-year degree programs, Emery enrolled and completed the requirements to earn his bachelor of science in 1996. The college also honored him in 1996 with an honorary doctorate degree in recognition of his devotion and commitment to his alma mater.
Emery has served on the Shriner’s Hospital Board of Governors since 1991. He’s been chairman emeritus since 2000. He has also been a member of the Hejaz Flying Nobles since 1976, charter member of the Air Squadron, and member of Western North Carolina Pilots’ Association. He and his wife, Pauline, are members of Scenic Hills Baptist Church in Travelers Rest.
Dr. Gregory T. Mathis begins his first term on the NGU board. Mathis is the school’s first-ever out-of-state trustee. The SC Baptist Convention approved in 2012 that the institution would be allowed to appoint trustees from states other than South Carolina.
Mathis has been senior pastor at Mud Creek Baptist Church for over 30 years. He is a 1977 graduate of Gardner-Webb University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from NGU in 2010.
Mud Creek Baptist Church has been blessed with a pastor who is widely known and honored for his Christ-centered leadership. During his leadership, the church has more than tripled in size from 700 members to over 2,700. This growth created the need for renovation and expansion of worship and educational facilities.
He is known for his leadership in the NC state convention serving two terms as president as well as serving as president of the NC Baptist Pastors Conference. He has also served on the General Board, the Executive Committee, and the Budget Committee of the state convention. He has been recognized both locally and nationally for his excellent service in ministry. He has served as professor of evangelism at Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute for 30 years.
Mathis and his wife, Deborah, have three adult children: Alison, Jared Thomas, and Bret Thomas; they also have four grandchildren.
Dr. J. Lee McCormick from York begins his second term on the board after having to cut short his first appointed term when hired as an administrator by the university in 1996. He retired as Vice President for Student Services and Student Advocate in 2007.
McCormick graduated in 1955 from North Greenville with his associate’s degree and finished his undergraduate studies at Furman in 1957. He attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1957-1959 and graduated in 1971 with his master’s degree in education from Winthrop University. He completed his E.D.S. in 1978 also from Winthrop and his doctorate in education from South Carolina State University in 1986. He and his wife, Barbara, received an honorary doctorate degree from the university at the recent December commencement.
Prior to coming to North Greenville, McCormick served in many capacities in the state education system as teacher, assistant principal, and principal. He was Superintendent of Dorchester District One in St. George South Carolina from 1980-1985, Secretary’s Regional Representative with the U.S. Department of Education in Atlanta, Georgia from 1985-1988, Superintendent of East Clarendon School District 3 in Turbeville, South Carolina from 1988-1989, Assistant Superintendent with the Clover School District Two in Clover, South Carolina from 1989-1996.
He was awarded the Alumni Service Award in 2002 and the 2007 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award.
The McCormicks have three sons: Mike, Steve and Tim; they also have eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Mr. Bill Tyler of Taylors will begin his first term on the NGU board.
Tyler received his bachelor of science degree in hotel, restaurant, and tourism in 1986 from the University of South Carolina.He is currently owner/operator of Chick-fil-A of Greer. He has served as a bi-vocational worship pastor for 22 years. He is presently serving at Riverside Baptist Church.
Tyler and his wife, Susan, have three children: Bo, Barrett, and Bailey. Barrett is a current student at NGU and Bo is a 2007 NGU graduate.
In addition, Edward C. Case of Fountain Inn has been asked to serve two years to carry out an unexpired term for David Kite. Case is owner and president of Century 21 Case & Associates, Inc. in Mauldin. He is a 1972 graduate of North Greenville.