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In today’s complex, competitive, and ever-changing global society, large corporations, small businesses, churches, schools, government, the military, and a wide variety of other entities are in desperate need of leaders who know how to best navigate the obstacles, execute the strategy, and build the team cohesion that will position their organizations for success. Leadership is the most critical element of any organization; therefore, it exerts the greatest influence and has the greatest impact on that organization.

For these reasons, the North Greenville University Institute for Global Leadership is dedicated to developing and equipping transformational leaders for every segment of society, in both North American and international contexts. By addressing complex organizational and societal problems and their solutions, the Institute seeks to prepare students to serve effectively in both formal and informal leadership roles by producing graduates who are prepared and equipped to take on the adaptive challenges of today and tomorrow. Our desire is to develop proactive leaders who have the perceptions, behaviors, and skills to motivate others, shape positive attitudes, promote unity, and facilitate maximum productivity.

The academic programs and mentoring opportunities provided by the Institute for Global Leadership are intended to complement any academic discipline and are designed for students who desire to impact ministry and the marketplace by enhancing their effectiveness as emerging leaders. Students will be encouraged to pursue excellence in their chosen degree field while also seeking proficiency as strengths-driven, transformational leaders. Those who are committed to such a goal should reflect a dedication to servant-hood, stewardship, and Christ-likeness in leadership with the intent of affecting positive change in the church, the community, and the world.


Dr. Allen McWhite

Executive Director of the Institute for Global Leadership
Associate Professor of Leadership Studies

Allen McWhite has served at North Greenville University since 2002. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Pre-Medicine from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Prior to his time at NGU, McWhite and his family served as field missionaries with the International Mission Board of the SBC. He has also been a full-time pastor and a military chaplain. Outside of his university responsibilities, he serves as a part-time law enforcement officer with the State of South Carolina and continues to work with local churches in an interim pastor role.


Erin Wolfe 08'

Assistant Director for the Institute for Global Leadership

Erin Wolfe serves as the assistant director of the Institute for Global Leadership. She graduated from North Greenville University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Intercultural Studies.

Previously, Erin worked at Fellowship Travel International in Virginia, served as Training and Public Relations Coordinator in the Center for Global Connections at Southwest Baptist University in Missouri, and as a student mobilizer in South Asia.

Erin enjoys travel, international cuisine, baking, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. 



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