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The NGU Online is the online undergraduate college of North Greenville University. NGU Online was created in 2014 to accommodate the challenging schedules faced by adult learners and to help them reach academic and professional goals. Our ambition is to provide quality Christ-centered education preparing difference-makers within the global market. We offer a variety of programs which are in high demand in the job market.

Critical thinking, practicality, and applicability are emphasized in all NGU Online programs.We are here to offer our students tools and knowledge applicable to every aspect of life.


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

Chief Academic Officer

Randall J. Pannell, M.Div.; Ph.D. is the Chief Academic Officer for Undergraduate, NGU Online 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 Chief Academic Officer for NGU Online & Graduate School

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 Chief Academic Officer for Adult and Graduate Studies. She resides in Landrum, South Carolina with her husband of forty-two years, Terry.

Dr. Lena V. Maslennikova

Assistant Vice President

Acting Dean, Business and Leadership

Dr. Maslennikova provides administrative leadership to the university's online degree programs, leveraging an academic background in education, entrepreneurship, organizational development, strategic leadership, and managerial coaching. With expertise in online learning, LMS teaching, instructional design, and quality control consulting, Dr. Maslennikova has been instrumental in developing NGU Online degrees that are student-friendly catalysts for professional development.





Dr. Marti J. Glass

Dean, Behavioral Sciences

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Dr. Kathryn McColskey

Dean, Educational Studies

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Dr. Patricia Mercier

Dean, General Studies

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Dr. Matt S. Wireman

Dean, Christian Ministries

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Vickie H. Kemp,

Academic Advisor

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With over 30 years of academic experience in the Greenville County School District, Ms. Kemp is a key member of the NGU Online team, serving as an Academic Advisor to our students. Holding a strong belief that everyone is a learner, she works individually with students to provide services and guidance, facilitating their academic success and graduation. Ms. Kemp is an active member in her church, teaching senior adult Sunday school class and working with elementary children in the Awana program.




Carla M. LaPlaca

E-Campus Coordinator 

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A graduate of the eLearning program at Savannah College of Art and Design, with a BA in Visual Communications, Carla is an integral part of the NGU Online team. Recognizing the importance of strategic communication in distance learning, she works to coordinate procedures and resources, enabling us to better serve and inform eCampus students and faculty. As a wife and homeschooling mother of two while pursuing her own education, Carla has a true appreciation for the adult learner and a passion for the online community.






Kayla Black

Academic Success Coach/Online Instructor

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Vlad Sabou

Academic Success Coach/Online Instructor





As part of a Christian university, NGU Online integrates faith and practice into every class. We believe that Christ makes the ultimate difference in our everyday lives, by showing us how we are to live in His world. Our desire is to demonstrate and cultivate a holistic Christian worldview that views every vocation and activity as an act of glorifying God.

An education with NGU Online equips the adult learner to enhance his or her current career while preparing for future growth, promotions, and changes in career and personal aspirations. Students will be encouraged to fulfill their sense of divine direction in Christian service, ministry, and mission. The Bible, as the inspired and infallible Word of God, is the solid foundation of our education philosophy. We care about the spiritual well-being of our students as well as their academic achievements.

We believe partnering with our students as they earn a degree through NGU Online is a privilege. For students, it is a life changing opportunity to gain a quality education as they discover and nurture their personal walk with the Lord Jesus. For staff and faculty, it is a chance to be a front row witness to changed lives, professional growth, and personal transformation.

As a valued member of the NGU Online community, the NGU Online student assumes a role that goes far beyond that of the traditional student. Under the mentorship of qualified and caring faculty, alongside classmates as colleagues, each student will experience the satisfaction of being an active contributor in the learning process.

The NGU Online student is expected to demonstrate personal and academic integrity, be open to new ideas, and share in a diverse community promoting professional, intellectual, and spiritual growth. While NGU Online faculty and staff serve as partners on the academic journey, maturity and self-discipline are key to success in an online learning environment. Each student is expected to accept responsibility for academic performance and strive for excellence.

Our desire is to equip students with tools to achieve professional success and encourage a lifelong love of learning and growing - intellectually and spiritually.

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