Pannell to head NGU as interim president

North Greenville University’s board of trustees has named Randall Pannell as interim president.

The decision is in response to Jimmy Epting’s announcement of his sabbatical and retirement effective June 1.

Pannell came to the institution in 2011 when he was hired as vice president for academics.

“We want to continue offering quality education as well as protect the culture here during this interim period,” said Bill Tyler, a member of the interim leadership search committee. “We feel we can accomplish this with Dr. Pannell.”

Pannell has more than 30 years of teaching and leadership experience in higher education. Prior to coming to NGU, he served as associate dean of academics and associate professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. He has also served as assistant professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The NGU board will form a presidential search committee to begin a national search for the school’s eighth president.