Dr. Douglas F. Mann begins his tenure as Bryan College’s eighth president this week. Dr. Mann is a 1992 graduate of Bryan College and earned an M.A. degree in Christian Thought from Trinity International University and later, received his Ph.D. in History from The University of Georgia.
Prior to joining the leadership of Bryan, he was Professor of History at Liberty University. He also served in various leadership roles at Liberty University including Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Administrative Dean for Graduate Programs and Dean of the Graduate School at Liberty University.
During that time, Dr. Mann provided leadership for academic administration and operations in the creation and implementation of more than 100 new graduate programs. Dr. Mann was engaged in all facets of graduate education including the review and improvement of curriculum; providing leadership in monitoring University compliance with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges; oversight of the university’s Research Ethics office; and, provided support of faculty research that garnered more than $150,000 of internal funding through the graduate school. As a historian of the British Atlantic World, he also has extensive teaching and research experience in higher education. Upon taking office, Dr. Mann will become the eighth president of Bryan College.
Board of Trustees Chair Delena Bice said, “Bryan College is fortunate to have a leader like Dr. Mann. With COVID-19 as a continuing concern, it’s wonderful having a president with a vision for the future who is also able to pivot to meet present needs. Dr. Mann is the right person for a time like this.”
Dr. Mann said, “As I returned to the college that laid the academic and professional foundation for my own future, I realized the magnitude of doing the same for present and future students. Bryan College has always focused on developing the knowledge, values and skills our students will need to make a difference in today’s world. That focus continues as we step forward into a new and ever-changing world. I am excited to join the great team at Bryan College as we look to serve our students and community.”
Bryan College currently has 1,450 enrolled students and with a 40 percent tuition decrease announced last fall, is looking to potentially double that number within the coming years. “Bryan College has always looked to serve our students with an affordable, high quality education,” said Dr. Mann. “As a graduate of Bryan, I am keenly aware of the foundation that has been laid for me that positions us well for future success and influence.”
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