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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


Marty O'Gwynn

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. O’Gwynn has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Baylor University and a master’s degree in communication from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.


Development Officers


Dr. Phil Gardner

Director of Foundation Giving and Development

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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.

Jason Ross

Director of Corporate Giving and Development

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Jason Ross serves as the director of corporate development and development 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 Alumni Engagement & Development

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Julie Styles serves as the director of alumni engagement and development 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.

Styles 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 her home.

Dr. Tony Beam

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.
In 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 5 grandchildren.



Athletic Development Officer


Micah Sepko

Director of Athletic Giving

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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.

Development Staff

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 '12

Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Advancement and University Engagement

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Kayla Morgan serves as the advancement operations assistant at NGU. An NGU alum, she graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology. She loved her time at NGU and wants everyone to know that Christ makes a difference on this campus. Morgan is also on the NGU Alumni Board of Directors, where she serves as the secretary. She enjoys spending time working outside in her garden, and she loves to read.

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