Christopher Zapalski, LL.M., D.B.A., J.D.
Chair of the Department of Accounting
Associate Professor of Accounting
Christopher serves as the Academic Chair of
the Accounting Department here at North Greenville University. Christopher has
obtained the post-doctorate Master of Laws and a graduate certificate in
Industrial and Organizational Psychology, as well as the following graduate
degrees: Doctor of Business Administration, Doctor of Law, Master of Business
Administration, Master of Accounting, Master of Science (Criminal Justice), Master
of Public Administration, Master of Information Systems Management, and Master
of Human Resource Management. 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, as well as 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 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
recognize that God owns it all, and to live lives worthy of God, who has called
you into His kingdom and glory (1 Thessalonians 2:12 (NIV)).
Jason Cote, M.A.
Instructor of Accounting
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.
John Duncan, Ph.D., CPA, CKA
Dean of the College of Business & Entrepreneurship
John B. Duncan serves as Dean of the College of Business and
Entrepreneurship and Professor of Accounting at North Greenville
University. Dr. Duncan holds a BBA in Accounting and an MBA from the
University of Louisiana at Monroe, and he received a Ph.D. in
Accountancy from the University of Mississippi.
is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in South Carolina and a
Certified Kingdom Advisor®. Dr. Duncan’s prior academic leadership roles
include serving as Associate Dean at Anderson University, Dean at
Charleston Southern University, Dean and Director of the Church Finance
Institute at William Carey University, and Department Chair at
addition, he held the John Luffey Endowed Professorship in Accounting
at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Dr. Duncan’s research has been
presented at numerous academic conferences and has been published in
several leading accounting and business journals. He received the
Outstanding Intellectual Contributions Award in 2003 for the College of
Business Administration at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Duncan is a member of several professional organizations including the
SC Association of CPAs, the Institute of Management Accountants, and the
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He is involved with several
marketplace ministries including Kingdom Advisors, the C12 group, the
Fellowship of Companies for Christ International, the South Carolina
Christian Chamber of Commerce, and the Barnabas Group of Charlotte,
where he currently serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. He
also currently serves as Vice-Chair of the SC
Baptist Convention’s Committee for Christian Life and Public Affairs.
Dr. Duncan is married to the former Susan Ganann of Carthage,
Mississippi and they have two adult sons, Daniel and Drew.
Peggy James, M.S.
Instructor of Accounting
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.
Department of Business Administration
Jon Boulet, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Business Administration
Professor of Economics
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, 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.
Jill Rayburn, J.D.
Assistant Provost for Academic Outreach and Director of Professional Programs
Assistant Professor of Business Law
As an attorney and entrepreneur, Dr. Rayburn brings her experience
from the legal and business world into her classes. She has represented
her clients and businesses in negotiating contracts, acquisitions and
mergers, real estate development, employment discrimination, and
regulatory compliance, as well as, in conducting professional training
in HR compliance and best practices. Dr. Rayburn recognizes the
importance of practical training and education for the business
professional in reducing business litigation and increasing
Bob Shearer, J.D., M.Div.
Instructor of BusinessDr.
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, Ph.D.
Professor of Business
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.
Department of International Business
Franklin Aviles Santa, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of International Business
Associate Professor of Business
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, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of International Business
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.
David Riddering, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Marketing
Professor of Marketing
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.
Mollie Withers, M.B.A.
Instructor of Marketing
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.