NGU Welcomes Rich Grimm
North Greenville University announced that Richard A. Grimm, currently the senior vice president for university services and strategic initiatives at Trinity International University (TIU) in Chicago IL, will join the university on June 1 as executive vice president.
In this role, Grimm will serve as NGU’s chief operating officer, overseeing matters related to the university’s operational effectiveness and efficiency allowing NGU to move toward a more fully aligned model of serving out its mission. He will work directly with the leaders who oversee the following areas: advancement, athletics, enrollment management, marketing and communication, information technology, Campus Enhancement Services, and strategic planning and initiatives.
“Linda and I give thanks to God for the new calling he placed on our lives to serve at North Greenville University; it will be a privilege and high honor to do so,” said Grimm. “We are grateful to President Fant for the invitation to join his administration and look forward to moving to Tigerville in the near future.”
Prior to his service at TIU, Grimm was the senior vice president for enrollment services at Union University for a decade, where he and NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr. served in the cabinet of Union’s then-president, David S. Dockery, who is now the president at TIU. During that decade, Fant and Grimm led many projects together, including the final strategic plan of the Dockery administration.
“Rich Grimm is one of the most experienced, capable, and insightful leaders that I know in the world and work of Christian higher education. I have been privileged to serve by his side over the past fifteen years and have observed his deep commitments to the mission of Christ-centered education,” said David S. Dockery, president, Trinity International University/Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. “With the additions of Rich Grimm and Nathan Finn, President Gene Fant has put in place the nucleus of a gifted leadership team that will faithfully and effectively advance the North Greenville mission for years to come.”
Fant noted, “We are humbly thrilled that Mr. Grimm will be joining NGU's already effective senior leadership team in this mission-critical role. Rich’s great strength is in helping organizations achieve greater heights, as evidenced by his strategic roles at both Union and Trinity International, which have been leading institutions in Christian higher education. He and Linda will be marvelous additions to the NGU community and will help us to advance to a new level of success in generating transformational leaders for church and society.”
Grimm graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBAU) and holds a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary before taking on post-graduate study in educational leadership at Florida Atlantic University, Nova Southeastern University, and Regent University. He held staff positions with churches prior to shifting to Christian education, including roles at PBAU, Criswell College, a three-year tenure as president of Jupiter Christian School in Florida, and the aforementioned roles at Union and TIU. He and his wife Linda have been married for 32 years and have three adult children and one grandchild.
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