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NGU Recognizes Faculty and Staff Service Milestones

Posted on: August 14, 2023
By Billy Cannada,

North Greenville University Athletic Director Jan McDonald, who has served at NGU for 40 years, was one of 49 faculty and staff members to receive special recognition on Wednesday.

Tigerville, SC (Aug. 14, 2023) Forty-nine North Greenville University (NGU) faculty and staff members, representing 550 years of work with the institution, were recognized for their five-year service milestones during a chapel service for university personnel on August 9.

Recognition plaques and certificates were presented to the honorees by NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr., ahead of the start of the fall semester.

“All of these faculty and staff members have made such an impact on our campus and have blessed us with their service,” President Fant said. “I see the work they do, and it’s such a privilege to be able to recognize them.”

In addition, Dr. Nathan Finn, NGU Provost and Dean of the University Faculty, presented The Lamar Chapman Award to faculty member Staci Rollins and staff member Danny Conard. Presented annually, the award, which includes a cash prize, was established through gifts from Tom Hartness and Cema C. Chapman to honor a faculty member and a staff member who have excelled in their commitment and dedication to the purpose and mission of NGU.

Rollins is Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for Criminal Justice and Legal Studies at the university. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from NGU before completing a juris doctorate at Roger Williams University School of Law. She practiced in the legal field for five years, and was an adjunct instructor for NGU for five years before moving to her current faculty post in 2018.

Conard is Senior Director of Maintenance for Campus Enhancement Services. The Texas native joined the university staff in 2010.

Those celebrating service milestones at NGU include:


40 Years

Jan McDonald


30 Years

Keli Sewell


25 Years

Carla McMahan


20 Years

Jill Branyon

Jeff Briggs

Greg Bruce

Cherie Finley

Bill Murray


15 Years

Leslie Brown

Shannon Dobson

Robert Howard

Jim King

Larry McDonald

Steven Pearce

Michelle Sabou

Vlad Sabou

Blake Smith

Charles Snook

Lisa Snyder


10 Years

Missy Conard

Amy Dunlap

Jeff Farrington

Andrew Hodges

Robert Knepp

Josh Styles

Jeffrey Williams

John Williford


5 Years

Franklin Aviles-Santa

Sara Black

Courtney Cochran

Jason Cote

James Erickson

Stacie Fetter

Nathan Finn

Gary Gilliam

Joshua Gilmore

Rich Grimm

Alicia Hyatt

Jeffrey King

Mary Mahan

Marty O’Gwynn

Brendan Payne

Jill Rayburn

Casey Richardson

David Riddering

Staci Rollins

Catherine Rosario

Allison Simon

Merritt Stewart

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