Karyn Campbell, M.A.
Instructor of Mass Communication
Karyn Campbell earned her master's in journalism from the University
of South Carolina. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in
information design from Clemson University. Campbell served as the
lifestyle editor at the Seneca Journal, a global English instructor for
seven years, and a student media manager for more than 10 years. She is
the faculty adviser for The Vision, a student online news source and
magazine. She finds it exciting "to come across the raw talent of young
creators and see them refine it into something truly beautiful."
Lara Eller, M.S.
Instructor of Mass Communication
Lara Eller is an instructor of digital media in the College of Communication at NGU. She earned a bachelor's degree in English with a writing emphasis from Concord University and a master's degree in journalism from West Virginia University (WVU). Before teaching at NGU, she collected oral histories for the Veteranís History Project with the Library of Congress and served as a teaching assistant at WVU under George Esper, legendary journalist for the Associated Press. Eller, who is a cancer survivor, is passionate about helping students grow academically and spiritually.
Shurajit "Shur" Gopal, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Broadcasting
Shurajit Gopal earned his doctorate degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from the Global Open University Nagaland, India. He was a Fulbright Fellow in communication technology from 1988 to 1989. Gopal has three decades of in-the-field experience with teaching mass communication, satellite television, and film/TV production. His passion is to serve the Lord by teaching students everything he knows.
Linwood Hagin, Ph.D.
Professor of Mass Communication
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Programs and Academic Administration
Linwood Hagin serves as dean of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Academic Administration at NGU. He
earned his doctorate from the University of Tennessee in communication,
his masterís from the University of Minnesota in broadcast journalism,
and his bachelorís from the University of Wisconsin-Superior
in speech communication and German, with a minor in journalism. Hagin
worked eight years in radio news and management before beginning his
academic career. He has served on the faculty of six universities before
coming to NGU in 1999. Hagin has been developing emerging leaders
through education and leadership training for three decades.
Cheryl Ledford, M.A.
Instructor of Communication
Cheryl Ledford earned her bachelor's degree in Professional Communications from Gannon University in Erie, PA and her master's degree in Communication Studies from Edinboro University in Edinboro, PA. Cheryl has spent the last 13 years teaching Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, and Business Communication at USC Upstate and Spartanburg Community College. Prior to her teaching career, Cheryl worked for 20+ years in Sales and Marketing in the Healthcare industry and also the hotel industry. Cheryl is a member of Toastmaster's International (Spartanburg, SC chapter), currently working on the new Pathways program - Dynamic Leadership.
Rick Sparks, Ph.D.
Professor of Mass Comunication
Dr. Rick Sparks earned his doctorate from the University of Missouri in
communication. He has worked at seven radio stations as an announcer,
program director, news director, and station manager. Sparks has also
been a media minister to churches and taught for over 28 years in
colleges and universities. Sparks created and programs The Cove Radio,
an online radio listening service. His passion is to help students learn
to be salt and light in a culture and world that desperately need both. Sparks has produced several CD's which have received airplay on Sirius XM satellite radio. Sparks was NGU's 2018 recipient of the SCICU Excellence in Teaching Award.
Andrew Stevens, D.Min.
Assistant Professor of Mass Communication
Dr. Andrew Stevens earned his bachelor's in radio, TV, and film from
Baylor University and his master's in speech communication and broadcast
communication from Marquette University. He has done doctoral work at
the University of Missouri in Columbia. Stevens earned a doctorate in ministry at North Greenville University, with an emphasis in media ministry.
As a former station general manager, he has extensive
experience in video and display production. He also currently serves as
a sports producer for WMYA- Asheville. He is the faculty adviser for
the student-operated radio station The Vibe and Vision-48, the
student-operated campus cable channel.
John Williford, Jr., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
Dr. John Williford Jr. earned a bachelor's in journalism at the
University of Georgia, a Master of Divinity in communication at
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in
communication studies at Regent University. Williford has been a
newspaper editor, national PR convention representative, and the PR
director for the event Downtown Greenville for 20 years., He also owns a
communications consultancy firm. He wants to increase the "quality and
quantity of communication resources for God's kingdom expansion" in
today's world and at NGU.