Finn will become North Greenville University's chief academic officer

Published on Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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Dr. Nathan A. Finn will become the North Greenville University's chief academic officer on June 1.

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Dr. Nathan A. Finn will become the North Greenville University's chief academic officer on June 1.


Dr. Nathan A. Finn will become North Greenville University’s chief academic officer on June 1, with the title of provost and dean of the university faculty. Finn serves as dean of the School of Theology and Missions and professor of theological studies at Union University in Jackson, Tenn.

Dr. Randall J. Pannell, NGU’s vice president for academic affairs, will be returning to a faculty role as professor of Christian ministries and special assistant to the provost.

“Dr. Pannell’s service to North Greenville University as a senior administrator has been exemplary. His passion for our Christ-first mission has been self-evident in each of the roles he’s held,” said President Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr.

“I am personally grateful for his assistance in welcoming me as the university’s president this past year. We are glad he will continue contributing to the classroom at NGU as a professor,” said Fant.

“It has been my joy and great privilege to serve NGU as the vice president of academics, as well as stint as the interim president. I am filled with great anticipation as to the direction and growth of the university in the days ahead, first with the arrival of Dr. Fant as president and now with the opportunity to have Dr. Nathan Finn become our new provost and dean of the faculty,” said Pannell. “

Before joining NGU, Finn served at Union University since 2015. He taught church history at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary for eight years. He has published numerous books and scholarly essays on topics such as Baptist history, theology, and spirituality. 

Finn’s recent books include “The Baptist Story: From English Sect to Global Movement (B&H Academic, 2015) and “History: A Student’s Guide” (Crossway, 2016). An ordained minister, Finn preaches and teaches regularly in local churches and has served in pastoral or other staff roles in several Southern Baptist congregations in Georgia and North Carolina.

Finn earned his bachelor’s degree in history and Christianity from Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Ga., master’s degree in divinity and his doctorate in theological studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS), Wake Forest, N.C. 

“I love NGU’s longstanding commitment to Christ-centered education, and I resonate with the way a heart for evangelism and missions permeates the whole campus,” said Finn. 

“I look forward to working closely with the president, the faculty, and the staff to foster a culture of intellectual discipleship that equips every NGU student to advance the gospel and promote human flourishing in every discipline and profession,” said Finn.

Finn is married to Leah and is the father of four children.






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