Since 1892, North Greenville has been educating students in Upstate South Carolina and beyond. From our roots as a mountain academy, to our decades as a junior college, to our more recent history as a comprehensive university, we have remained committed to offering a Christ-centered education. In fact, our university’s motto is “Christ makes the difference,” and we think that is evident in our approach to education.
As a faculty, we are dedicated to a vision of academic discipleship wherein an education not only equips students for a variety of professions, but more importantly forms students into the sorts of men and women who become transformational leaders for church and society within those professions. Our professors are not only thoughtful scholars and gifted teachers, but they are also mature Christians who invite students to follow Christ within the context of their studies. As Colossians 1:15–17 reminds us, Christ is preeminent over all creation, and that means all things—including every discipline—ultimately “hold together” in him.
North Greenville is a teaching institution, which means professors themselves teach the courses, and classes are small enough that students have the opportunity to get to know their teachers. Our faculty is committed to excellence in the classroom, and faculty research is always closely connected to student learning. Our alums often talk about how they made personal connections with particular professors who shaped them in ways that extend far beyond the material taught in a classroom.
At present, North Greenville offers over forty majors for traditional undergraduate students, six online degrees programs for adult students pursuing an undergraduate education, and graduate programs in business, education, music education, medical science, and Christian ministry. You can explore our website to learn more about our degrees, our academic departments, and our faculty.
Thanks again for checking us out. We hope your educational journey brings you to North Greenville, where Christ really does make the difference.
Nathan A. Finn
Provost and Dean of the University Faculty
Nathan A. Finn, Ph.D.
Provost and Dean of the University Faculty
Nathan A. Finn (Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as Provost and Dean of the University Faculty at North Greenville University. He served previously as Dean of the School of Theology and Missions at Union University and associate professor of historical theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has published numerous books and articles on topics related to theology, church history, spiritual formation, and Christian higher education. He is also an ordained minister who regularly preaches and teaches in local churches. Nathan is married to Leah and is the father of four children. The Finns love baseball, Broadway musicals, and local independent bookstores.
Linwood Hagin, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Programs and Academic Administration
Dr. Linwood Hagin serves as the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Academic Administration at NGU. He earned his doctorate from the University of Tennessee in communication, his master’s from the University of Minnesota in broadcast journalism, and his bachelor’s 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.
Administrative Assistant to the Provost
Missy Conard serves as the administrative assistant to the Provost and Dean of University Faculty. She received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Bob Jones University. Before working at NGU, she was an educator in both public and private sectors. She also served in various administrative capacities during her time in the education system. She enjoys camping with her husband, Danny, who also works at NGU and being “grandma” during her time off.
Tim Brashier Campus (Greer)
Lena V. Maslennikova, D.S.L.
Associate Vice President of NGU Online
Director of the Center for eLearning
Dr. Maslennikova provides administrative leadership to the university's online degree programs, leveraging an academic background in education, entrepreneurship, organizational development, strategic leadership, and managerial coaching. With expertise in online learning, LMS teaching, instructional design, and quality control consulting, Dr. Maslennikova has been instrumental in developing NGU Online degrees that are student-friendly catalysts for professional development.
Larry S. McDonald, D.Min., Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Graduate Programs
Dean of the T. Walter Brashier School of Graduate Studies
Dr. Larry McDonald has served North Greenville University since 2008. McDonald holds a doctorate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary. In addition to almost 20 years of pastoral ministry, McDonald previously served as a Christian studies professor at Truett-McConnell College, adjunct professor at Southeastern Seminary, and a visiting professor at Tyndale Theological Seminary (Netherlands) and Uganda Baptist Seminary. A native Mississippian, McDonald was recognized for his leadership abilities by Leadership Jackson of the Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Mississippi of the Mississippi Economic Council. He and his wife have three adult children and two granddaughters.
Jill Rayburn, J.D.
Assistant Provost for Academic Outreach
Director of Professional Programs
As an attorney and entrepreneur, Dr. Rayburn brings her experience from the legal and business world into her classes. She has represented her clients and businesses in negotiating contracts, acquisitions and mergers, real estate development, employment discrimination, and regulatory compliance, as well as, in conducting professional training in HR compliance and best practices. Dr. Rayburn recognizes the importance of practical training and education for the business professional in reducing business litigation and increasing productivity.
Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs / Tim Brashier Campus
Suzanne is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, moving to South Carolina in 1999. She joined North Greenville University's staff in 2009, initially serving in the College of Science and Math, and September 2011 began as Administrative Assistant to the Chief Academic Officer for Adult and Graduate Studies. She resides in Landrum, South Carolina with her husband of forty-two years, Terry.