Chris Zapalski, J.D.
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, 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, 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, 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, M.S.
Instructor of EconomicsDavid 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, 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, J.D., M.Div.
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.
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, M.B.A.
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 Department
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.
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.
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, M.S.
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, 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, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Business and Sport Profession
MBA Faculty Member
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
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 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 W. Boone, Ph.D.
Associate ProfessorDr. 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