North Greenville University is blessed with a strong and stable
executive team led by Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr. who joined the university as the eighth president in 2017. Given the school’s rich spiritual heritage and an
accelerated need for Christian influence throughout the world, Fant is
leading efforts to increase the impact of NGU through innovation, growth,
outreach, and strategic partnerships.
Vice President For Advancement and University Engagement
Vice President for Advancement and University Engagement
Marty O'Gwynn serves as the vice president for advancement and university engagement at NGU. He
leads NGU’s advancement team, helping to connect resources with the
university’s mission. He comes with
three decades of experience, including over 20 years at NGU’s sister
institution, Oklahoma Baptist University. Most recently, he has served at Oklahoma
City University, where he worked with colleagues on a major capital campaign,
including multiple million-dollar gifts. In addition, he has also served at Palm
Beach Atlantic and Shorter Colleges.
has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Baylor University and a master’s
degree in communication from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. Phil Gardner
Director of Foundation Giving and Development
Dr. Gardner serves as the director of foundation giving and development at NGU. He earned his doctorate from Covington Theological Seminary and his Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Bob Jones University after attending NGU. Before joining NGU, Gardner owned Phil Gardner Inc., a residential development and construction company. He enjoys amateur “ham” radio and playing trumpet in his church orchestra.
Director of Development and Corporate Relations
Jason Ross serves as the director of development and corporate relations at NGU. In this position, Ross 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. He also serves as an adjunct instructor in the Business Administration Department. Ross earned both his Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and his Master of Business Administration from NGU; he is currently working towards earning his doctorate in education. Prior to working at NGU, Ross worked as the assistant vice president for Carolina First Bank in Greenville, S.C. He previously earned the rank of captain in the SC Military Department, where he still 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.
Julie Styles '90, '09
Director of Resource Development and Planned Gifts
Julie Styles serves as the director of resource development and planned gifts at NGU. She fervently believes in NGU and attributes her
time at NGU to making her who she is today. She joined the Development
team in 2013 and has served in previous positions and roles at the
university, including admissions recruiter; member of the NGU Board of
Trustees; member of the Alumni Board; and also member of the Christian
Ministry Board. Prior to working at NGU, Styles built a career as a
multi-million-dollar producer realtor for JOY Real Estate. She continues
to keep her license active at JOY. She is also part owner of Styles
Contracting, a growing commercial construction company in the Upstate.
and her husband Ben have six grown children: Amanda, Blake, Mike,
Katelyn, Madison, and Christian. When she is not working, she enjoys
spending time with friends and family and also enjoys hosting meals at
Dr. Tony Beam
Senior Director of Church and Community Engagement for the Tim Brashier Campus
Dr. Tony Beam, professor, radio talk show host. In 2012,
Dr. Beam started the Life Answers Team, which is a group of students who
speak in churches, schools, and conferences defending the faith using a
panel discussion style format. Each student receives scholarship money
for the extra time they invest in preparing to defend the faith in a
variety of public arenas.
the classroom, Dr. Beam teaches Old Testament, Christian Worldview, and
Cults and New Age. He is the recipient of the 2012 South Carolina
Citizens for Life President’s Award, 2013 North Greenville Faculty/Staff
Legacy Award, and the 2016 South Carolina Baptist E.A. McDowell Award.
Dr. Beam actively serves in his community
and South Carolina Baptist Conference. He has been an interim pastor
for 13 churches in the Upstate region of South Carolina. He and his
wife, Denise have three children and five grandchildren.
Rev. Mayson Easterling, M.Ed.
Executive Director of Church Relations
Special Assistant to the President for Church Engagement
joined the NGU team in 1977. He has had the privilege of working
throughout the campus in key roles that have included Director of
Admissions and Financial Aid, Director of the Baptist Student Union and
VP of Church Relations. Mayson received his M.Ed. from Clemson
University in Student Personnel Services in Higher Education and B.A. in
Religion from Gardner-Webb University. He also has done further study
at North Greenville University, Southeastern Baptist Theological
Seminary and Erskine Theological Seminary.
Mayson plans and represents NGU at church and denominational
conferences including the Southern Baptist Convention, the South
Carolina Baptist Convention, and other state conventions and meetings.
He is also actively involved in building relationships with churches,
pastors, staff members, and NGU alumni. Mayson’s ministry partner is his
wife, Susan. They have three adult daughters and two grandsons.
Athletic Development Officer
Micah Sepko '01, '99
Director of Athletic Giving
Micah Sepko earned a bachelor's degree and a Master of Science in parks, recreation, and tourism management from Clemson University in 1999 and 2001. Sepko has been honored as a Mid-South Conference Coach twice, earned Who's Who Among America's Professionals, and been highlighted by COSIDA and a variety of other professional organizations. He resides in Greer, S.C., with his wife Kate and three wonderful children: Hannah, Emma Jane, and Kaleb.
Lamont Sullivan '13, '98
Director of Alumni Engagement and Development
Lamont Sullivan serves as Director of Alumni Engagement in the Advancement Department at NGU. Sullivan earned his Associates of Arts (’96), Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (’98) and Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (’13) from NGU. Prior to joining NGU, Sullivan worked as Chief Executive Officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate in Greenville (BBBS). He served multiple roles with BBBS over fifteen years.
Sullivan has been married to the love of his life Shonette for seventeen years; they have four children. Three daughters Destiny, Micah & Leighton, and one son Asher. Sullivan is a graduate of Leadership Greenville class 41. Sullivan has received and been recognized by the Greenville News for Leadership, philanthropy, and service in a variety of ways particularly:
In his spare time, Sullivan enjoys Grilling, Smoking BBQ, College & Professional Football and spending time with his family.
- Top 30 under 40 Greenville Link Magazine.
- Top 30 Emerging Leader by the Greenville News.
- Greenville News: UNSEEN Greenville panelist.
- Fellow: The Dick Riley Institute for Diversity - Furman University.
- Board Member: United Way of Greenville County African American Leadership Council.
- Alumni Board of Directors: North Greenville University.
- Academic Advisory Board: North Greenville University.
- Upstate Black History Maker 96.3 The Block and 107.3 Jamz.
Mary Beth Spry
Director of Development Operations
Mary Beth Spry started at North Greenville University in
2015 after becoming an empty-nester. She
handles the processing of donations and gifts through the Development office. Mary Beth earned a Bachelor’s of Science in
Business Administration and Economics from Auburn University. She is part of the second graduating class of
the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts; additionally, serving two
terms on the Board for the Louisiana School Foundation. Mary Beth and her husband, Jim, are active at
Taylors FBC. They have been married 25
years, have two college age children, and started taking MBA classes from NGU
this year in order to keep up with their kids.
Kayla Morgan 18', '12
Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Advancement and University Engagement
Kayla Morgan serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Advancement and University Engagement at NGU. She joined the Advancement team in 2016. An NGU alum, she graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and in 2018 with her Master of Business Administration. She loved her time at NGU and wants everyone to know that Christ makes a difference on this campus. Morgan was formerly on the NGU Alumni Board of Directors, where she served as the secretary. She enjoys spending time working outside in her garden, and she loves to read.