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Accounting Department

Chris Zapalski | Chair of Accounting Department

Chris Zapalski, J.D.

Accounting Chair

Christopher serves as the Accounting Department chair here at North Greenville University. Christopher has obtained a Master of Laws, Doctor of Law, a Master of Business Administration, Master of Accounting, Master of Public Administration, Master of Information Systems Management, and Master of Human Resource Management. He is currently completing his doctoral degree in the business arena as well. For professional activities, Christopher is a practicing accountant and attorney and has been admitted to the bar in Florida, The District of Columbia, the U.S. Tax Court, and other federal jurisdictions. When Christopher is not teaching or grading work, he enjoys spending time with his daughter, Tabitha, and wife Laura. During his leisure time, he is either training horses, dogs, or traveling in the family boat or motorhome. At North Greenville, his calling is to create an Accounting environment that is encouraging and comforting and one that urges students to live lives worthy of God, who has called you into His kingdom and glory (1 Thessalonians 2:12 (NIV)).

Jason Cote | Instructor

Jason Cote, M.A.


Jason Cote serves as an instructor of accounting in the College of Business and Sport Professions at NGU.  Cote earned his Bachelor of Science degree in financial management (’95) at Clemson University and a Master of Arts in accountancy (’97) from the University of South Carolina. Before teaching at NGU, he worked as an accountant for McGregor & Company, LLP and a teacher and coach at both Orangeburg Preparatory Schools and Calhoun Academy. Jason enjoys spending his free time with his wife Wendi and their dogs.

Peggy James | Instructor

Peggy James, M.S.


Peggy James serves as an Accounting Instructor as a part of the College of Business & Sport Professions at NGU. James earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting as well as her Master of Science in Management from Clemson University. Prior to teaching at NGU, James started the Small Business Development Center of SC working both with Clemson University and the University of South Carolina. She has worked continuously in Accounting since leaving the Small Business Development Center while continuing to teach Accounting at Colleges and Universities. In her spare time, James enjoys a type of recreational shooting called ‘sporting clays’, farming, and wildlife preservation.   

Business Administration Department


Jon Boulet | Coordinator

Jon Boulet, Ph.D.

Chair of the Business Administration Department

Dr. Jon Boulet serves as the chair of the Business Administration Department at NGU. Boulet served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1986 to 1994 and then earned his doctorate in economics at Clark University in 1999. He holds a first degree black belt in karate. He has written several fiction books and short stories. He has also been a guest regarding economic issues on several radio programs.

David Entrekin | Instructor

David Entrekin, M.S.

Instructor of Economics

David Entrekin serves as an Instructor for Economics in the College of Business and Sports Professions. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1998 from Clemson University in Management/Economics and a Master of Science degree in 2001 from Clemson University in Applied Economics. With years of trading and investing experience, David is an expert in both fundamental and technical stock analysis. An avid stock market aficionado, David has an impressive track record of consistently outperforming the DOW and S&P and brings a wealth of real-world financial experience to academia. He has plans to complete his Ph.D. and is currently working on his first book about investing. Interests include hiking, tennis, world travel, and classic European cars.

Jason Ross | Instructor

Jason Ross, M.B.A.


Jason Ross serves as an adjunct instructor of business administration in the College of Business Administration Department at NGU. Ross earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and a Master of Business Administration from North Greenville University. Ross is also the Director for Corporate Development for NGU where he is actively engaged in working to establish long-term partnerships and strengthen existing relationships with the corporate and foundation sector, as well as other key communities, that will result in funding for the immediate and long-term goals of the University. Prior to teaching at NGU, Ross worked as the Assistant Vice President for Carolina First Bank in Greenville, S.C. He also previously earned the rank of Captain in the SC Military Department where he serves as the commander for Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade. In his spare time, Ross enjoys parachuting, weapons qualification, camping, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. He and his wife Shelley have one son, Kaiden.

Bob Shearer | Professor

Bob Shearer, J.D., M.Div.


Dr. Bob Shearer earned his BA in History and Political Science from Kalamazoo College (1965), Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina (1975) and M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1978). After graduation from college in 1965, Bob joined the U.S. Air Force and was an air commando pilot in Vietnam (1968-69) and commanded four engine jet transports out of Charleston Air Force Base from 1969-72. He surrendered his life to Jesus Christ while in law school and started churches in Ohio and South Carolina from 1978-2001. Since then Dr. Bob has served Christ as a representative with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, television host for Dove Broadcasting and published the book "Life in the Two Cross Kingdom." His life experience lends itself well to the teaching of General Business and Business Law courses at North Greenville University, where Christ indeed makes the difference in the Marketplace of Commerce and Ideas. He is married to Ellen and they have two sons and daughters in law with three grandchildren.

Feliccia Smith | Professor

Feliccia Smith, Ph.D.


Dr. Feliccia Smith earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics (1996) with an emphasis in statistics from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay; a Master of Arts in management from Webster University (1998); and a doctorate in leadership and organizational change from Walden University (2003). Smith is also a small business owner. Prior to entering higher education, she honed experience in K-12 public education; county and federal government; the nonprofit sector; and corporate America. Smith states that teaching has always been her lifelong passion, and she is grateful that she is able to live a life according to God's purpose and plan for her life.

Larry Bateman | Adjunct Professor

Larry Bateman, M.B.A.

Adjunct Professor

Larry Bateman serves as an adjunct faculty member in Business Adminstration. Bateman earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Education from the University of Arkansas and his MBA from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.

Bateman has served in leadership roles in both business and nonprofit organizations. His business experience has ranged from Human Resources and Labor Relations to Marketing and Sales to Operations/Logistics. He has held ministry positions at the North American Mission Board, local churches in Georgia and South Carolina and served as COO of Miracle Hill Ministries in the Upstate of South Carolina.

His passion includes identifying and investing in emerging leaders. In addition to a desire to reach others for Christ, he and his wife, BJ, share a strong interest in starting new churches. You can find Larry in his off hours either hiking or with his grandchildren. 

International Business Department


Franklin Aviles Santa, Ph.D. | Chair of the International Business, Associate Professor

Franklin Aviles Santa, Ph.D.

Chair of the International Business Department

Associate Professor

Dr. Franklin Aviles Santa is the International Business Chair in the College of Business and Sports Professions. He has been teaching since 2000 in different higher education institutions in Puerto Rico and around the world. Previously, he worked at Southern Wesleyan University in Central SC, Higher Colleges of Technology in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Miami Dade College in Miami, FL. He teaches human resources, organizational behavior, international business and other management courses. Dr. Aviles has made international presentations in Cuba, Uruguay and Brazil concerning international openness and the benefits of trade and agreements.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Aviles-Santa obtained a Master’s in Business Administration from University of Phoenix with concentration in Global Management and a Ph.D. in International Business and Entrepreneurial Management & Development from Inter American University of Puerto Rico. He has worked with state and federal government agencies as a business consultant, is part of the Education Committee at the Hispanic Alliance, works with the South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and formerly led the Puerto Rico Initiative in the Upstate following Hurricane Maria.

Dr. Aviles attends New Spring Church in Powdersville where he volunteers with the FUSE program and with the Latin/Hispanic community. He has three children; Franklin Joel, Melanie Cristal and Alondra Isabel. In his spare time, he loves reading, having coffee, hiking and spending time with friends.

Francisco Salles | Assistant Professor

Francisco Salles, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Francisco Salles serves as an assistant professor of international business at NGU. He earned his doctorate in economics at Vanderbilt University in 1967. He has served in the Agricultural Ministry in Brazil, coordinating and directing governmental policy decisions. He has also done consulting on international business operations for firms looking to do business in Latin America. 

Marketing Department

David Riddering | Marketing Chair

David Riddering, Ph.D.

Marketing Chair

Dr. David Riddering has been with the North Greenville University family since January 2018.  Previously, he worked at Belhaven University in Jackson MS teaching Marketing for more than 5 years.  He was a bi-vocational pastor for more than 30 years and was senior/founding pastor at Theopolis Alliance Church and Academy in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, he grew up in Merida, Yucatan in Mexico where his parents were educational missionaries.  He moved to Puerto Rico at the age of 9 where he has spent most of his life.  Shortly after getting married, he and Marggie, his wife, spent three years in the Dominican Republic as missionaries.  He has three children:  Grettchen, Jonathan, and Karenlie, and five granddaughters and one grandson.

He has also worked as a translator for the Social Security Administration in Washington DC, as Business Development Manager with the Bank of Nova Scotia in Puerto Rico for 7 years, and was Church Planting Director with his denomination

Dr. Riddering holds a BA in English Literature, a Master of Business Administration in Marketing, and a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Human Resources.

In the ministry, pastor Riddering has participated in many musical ministries and enjoys worshiping the Lord by singing, playing the keyboard, guitar and bass. 
David Nichols | Professor

David Nichols, M.S.

Adjunct Professor

David Nichols serves as an Adjunct Professor of Marketing as a part of the College of Business & Sport Professions at NGU. Nichols earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Radio and Television Broadcasting (’99) and a Master of Science in Broadcast Management (’01) from Bob Jones University. He has been actively involved in web, print, and broadcast marketing with local businesses for over 20 years. In addition, Nichols is the owner of Nichols Lawn Services and works in Order Processing for Windstream Communications. Nichols and his wife, Elizabeth enjoy taking weekend trips and spending time with friends and family in their spare time.          

Mollie Withers | Adjunct Instructor

Mollie Withers, M.B.A.


Mollie Withers serves as a full time instructor of marketing in the Marketing Department at NGU. Withers earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in international business and a master's in business administration from North Greenville University. Prior to teaching at NGU, Withers worked in nonprofit marketing and event planning and management in Greenville, S.C. She also previously earned a certification in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and volunteered as an ESL teacher in Greenville, S.C., for the Greenville Literacy Association. In her spare time, Withers enjoys traveling, running, cycling, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. She and her husband, Seth, have two sons, Franklin and James.

Sport Management Department

Ralph L. Johnson | Dean of the College of Business and Sport Profession

Ralph L. Johnson, Ph.D.

Dean of the College of Business and Sport Profession


MBA Faculty Member

Dr. Ralph Johnson earned his bachelor's in education, with majors in social studies and health and physical education, from Youngstown State University. He earned his master's in physical education and recreation administration from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and his doctorate in sport administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Johnson currently serves as an adjunct graduate faculty member at Clemson University. He retired from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education in 1997 after serving 25 years as director of aquatic facilities and programs and coordinator of graduate studies in sport science at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Johnson is the author of more than 110 textbooks, research studies, instructional videos, and professional articles in a variety of aquatic areas. Johnson's expertise in aquatic research is highly respected and sought out by universities; aquatic agencies; federal, state, and foreign governments; and attorneys throughout the United States, North America, and the Caribbean Basin.

Jeff Briggs | Chair of Sport Management Department

Jeff P. Briggs, Ph.D.

Chair of the Sport Management Department


Coordinator of the Coaching Certification Program

Dr. Jeff Briggs earned his doctorate in sport management from Florida State University in 1999. In addition to his service at NGU, he currently serves as an adjunct professor in the graduate sport management program with Central Michigan University at its Atlanta campus. He also serves as president and CEO of Briggs Consulting. His most popular publication, The Bowling-Specific Training Manual, is now in its fourth edition and has sold several thousand copies in over 50 different countries. Briggs is married to Sara, and they are raising three wonderful children: Hannah, Rebekah, and Joshua. He enjoys bowling, racquetball, squash, and exercise, and he cheers on all Cleveland, Ohio, and Ohio State University sport teams.

Frederick Battenfield | Professor

Frederick L. Battenfield, Ph.D.


Head Men's Volleyball Coach

Dr. Fred Battenfield earned his doctorate in sport management at Florida State University, and his dissertation is titled "An Ethnographic Study of the Culture of Communication in the Sports Information Office in a Division I-A Athletic Program." He earned his master's degree at the United States Sports Academy, a bachelor's in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin, and an associate's degree from Yavapai College. Prior to returning to graduate school, Battenfield spent 22 years as a college sports information director. He was assistant athletic director for community relations at Barry University in Miami Shores, FL, and previously served as sports information director at Rollins College (Winter Park, FL) and The University of Texas at San Antonio. In addition to working at three Olympic Games, Battenfield has participated in numerous national and international sporting events, including the World Cup, Olympic qualifying events, and he has also been a television and radio commentator. He currently resides in Greer with his wife Katie.

Jerry Boone | Associate Professor

Jerry W. Boone, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Jerry Boone earned his doctorate in kinesiology at Louisiana State University in May 1995. His research interests include the goal perspectives of individuals as they relate to achievement and how the learning climate in which an individual is involved affects success. He earned his master's degree in physical education at Central State University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education from the University of Southeastern Louisiana, and an associate's degree from Oklahoma City Southwestern College. Boone has over 40 years of experience in college coaching and athletic administration at the NJCAA, NAIA, and NCCAA level. Boone resides in Taylors, S.C., with his wife, Dr. Glenda Boone. He has two daughters, Kristen and Erin, and three grandchildren.

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