Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr. is the eighth president of North Greenville University. He is also a leader in Christian higher education and a prolific writer.
Since arriving at NGU in June 2017, Fant has prioritized rethinking the university’s organizational chart and encouraged the graduate school to be innovative in imagining new programs. Fant’s other priorities have included strengthening NGU’s academic programs and residential life. Under his leadership, NGU will celebrate its 125th anniversary.
Previously, Fant served as the provost and chief academic officer at Palm Beach Atlantic (PBA) University in West Palm Beach, FL, for three years. Prior to his leadership at PBA, he held numerous academic positions both during his graduate work at the University of Southern Mississippi and, subsequently, Mississippi College and Union University.
Born in Laurel, MS, and raised in Upstate New York and Virginia, Fant went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from James Madison University in 1984, Master of Arts in English from Old Dominion University in 1987, Master of Divinity in Biblical Languages from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1991, Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Education in Educational Supervision in English from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1995, and Certificate in Educational Management from Harvard University in 2011.
Fant is the author of four books: “The Liberal Arts: A Student’s Guide” (Crossway Academic, 2012); “God as Author: A Biblical Approach to Narrative” (Broadman & Holman Academic, 2010); “Expectant Moments: Devotions for Expectant Parents” (with Lisa Fant, Zondervan, 1999); and “Petrarchan Hagiography, Gender, and Subjectivity in Lady Mary Wroth's ‘Pamphilia to Amphilanthus’” (The Graduate School, University of Southern Mississippi, 1995).
He has also written chapters for several other books, including “Teaching the Humanities in a Christian Context” (edited by David Dockery, Crossway, expected 2018) and “Martin Luther and Contemporary Christian Higher Education” in “Reformation 500: How the Greatest Revival since Pentecost Continues to Shape the World Today” (edited by Ray Van Neste and J. Michael Garrett, B & H Academic, 2017).
In addition, Fant has contributed to “The Chronicle of Higher Education” since 2001. He previously contributed to First Things’ “Evangel” and “First Thoughts” segments. His work has also appeared in “Baptist Press” and other regional and national publications.
Fant currently serves as vice chair for the board of directors and curriculum designer for Impact 360 Institute, a Christian gap year experience designed to prepare young adults to become Christ-centered servant leaders. Previously, he served as a member of the board of advisors for the institute.Fant is married to Lisa (Williams), who holds a master’s degree in English literature. Over the past 18 years, she has primarily worked as a stay-at-home mom to their twins: Ethan and Emily.
Dr. Gene Fant Jr. serves as North Greenville University’s eighth president. A nationally recognized thinker in literature, education, and theology, he holds five earned degrees and has written or contributed to over a dozen books. He and his wife Lisa have been married since 1989 and have adult twin children, Ethan and Emily.
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- “The Liberal Arts: A Student’s Guide.” Crossway Academic, 2012.
- “God as Author: A Biblical Approach to Narrative.” Broadman & Holman Academic, 2010.
- “Expectant Moments: Devotions for Expectant Parents” (with Lisa Fant). Zondervan, 1999. Paperback edition released 2002. Kindle edition released 2010.
- “Petrarchan Hagiography, Gender, and Subjectivity in Lady Mary Wroth's ‘Pamphilia to Amphilanthus.’” Published by the Graduate School, University of Southern Mississippi, 1995
- “Teaching the Humanities in a Christian Context” in a forthcoming volume edited by David S. Dockery; Crossway, exp. 2018.
- “Martin Luther and Contemporary Christian Higher Education” in “Reformation 500: How the Greatest Revival since Pentecost Continues to Shape the World Today,” eds. Ray Van Neste and J. Michael Garrett, B & H Academic, 2017
- “How the Cooperative Program Put a Baptistery in My Garage: The Legacy of M. E. Dodd” in “From the Cloud of Witnesses: Founders Day Addresses at Union University,” ed. Ray Van Neste, BorderStone Press, 2016.
- “Convictional Courage: The Leadership of David S. Dockery” in “Convictional Civility: Engaging the Culture in the 21st Century,” eds. C. Ben Mitchell, Carla D. Sanderson, and Gregory A. Thornbury, B & H Academic, 2015.
- “Give Me that Power: Secular Writers’ Fascination with the King James Version of the Bible” in “KJV 400: Legacy and Impact,” ed. Ray Van Neste, BorderStone Press, 2012.
- “Core Curriculum in a Christian Context” in “A Handbook for Christian Higher Education,” ed. David S. Dockery, B & H Academic, 2012
- “A Blind Man, an Idiot, and a Prig: Faulkner's Disdain for the Reader” in “Literature and the Writer,” ed. Michael J. Meyers. Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2005.
- Contributing blogger (2008-2014) and essayist (18 essays since 2001) at “The Chronicle of Higher Education.”
blogger at First Things’ “Evangel” (2009-2013) and “First Thoughts”