Faculty & Staff

Meet Our Staff

Executive Staff

Ralph Reavis

President (2000 – present) and Frumentius Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Global Missions

A.A. & B.A., Virginia Seminary & College; B.D., M.Div., Virginia Union University; S.T.M., Union Theological Seminary; & Ph.D., University of Virginia

Kathy C. Franklin

Provost, Executive Vice President, Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

B.S., Virginia State University; M.Ed. Educational Leadership and Supervision, Lynchburg College; L.H.D., Virginia University of Lynchburg; Ph.D. Higher Education Administration, Union Institute and University

Donald Leslie, CPA

Vice President of Finance

B.A., Bob Jones University; M.B.A. Management Control, Lynchburg College; D.B.A., Virginia University of Lynchburg

College Deans

Kathy C. Franklin

Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

B.S., Virginia State University; M.Ed. Educational Leadership and Supervision, Lynchburg College; L.H.D., Virginia University of Lynchburg; Ph.D. Higher Education Administration, Union Institute and University

Marshall D. Mays

Dean of the School of Religion

A.A., Liberal Arts Virginia College; B.A. in Theology, Virginia Seminary and College; M.R.S., Eastern Theological Seminary; M. Div. and D. Min., Virginia University of Lynchburg

Jennifer Mason

Interim Dean School of Business and Online Technician

B.S. Organizational Management, Saint Paul’s College; M.Ed. School Administration, Cambridge College; Ph.D. Candidate , Higher Education Leadership, Northcentral University.

Administrative Support Services

Barbara Butler

Office Assistant (Suffolk)

A.A.S., Paul D. Camp Community College; B. S., Saint Paul’s College; M.R.E., and M.Div., Virginia University of Lynchburg

Layman Franklin, Jr.

Instructional Support

B.S., Virginia State University

Kenneth Goodman

Part-Time Office Assistant (Suffolk Location)

B. S. Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University; M.E. Special Education, Old Dominion University; M.R.E., Virginia University of Lynchburg

Brenda Knight

Office Assistant (Danville Location)

Rachel Richardson

Director of Disability Services, Executive Secretary, Office of the Vice-President/Provost, Administratve Assistant Title III

A.A., B.A. Religious Studies; M.Div., Virginia University of Lynchburg

Joan Spencer

Program Support, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

A. S., Virginia Seminary and College; B.A. Social Sciences, Virginia Union University

Business & Financial Aid

Layton Smith

Financial Manager

Donald Leslie

CPA, Vice President of Finance

B.A., Bob Jones University; M.B.A. Management Control, Lynchburg College; D.B.A., Virginia University of Lynchburg

Enrollment Management & Admissions

Gianne Estocado

Director of Admissions

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Layman Franklin, Jr.

Registrar

B.S., Virginia State University

Jason Randoo

Director of Institutional Effectiveness

Candidate, Bachelor of Arts Organizational Management, Virginia University of Lynchburg

Bindiya Shah

Director of Enrollment Management

B.S. Microbiology, Gujarat University, (India); M.T. (American Medical Technologist), M.C. (Clinical Medical Coder), Central Virginia Community College, M.A.O.M., Virginia University of Lynchburg

Houston D. Walthall

Admissions Counselor/On-line Recruiter

Library Services

Melinda Mitchell

Library Assistant

B.S., Radford College; M.Ed., James Madison

Swannie P. Thompson

Assistant Professor of French and Religion; Librarian

B.A. French and Psychology, Johnson C. Smith University; M.A. Educational Media and Technology (Library Science), North Carolina Central University; M.Div., Virginia Seminary and College; D.D., D.Min., Virginia University of Lynchburg

VUL Facilities

Richard Austin

General maintenance, buildings and grounds

Tommy Hanks

General maintenance, buildings and grounds

Master Mechanic License Class B

Computer Operations & Support

Robert Cabler

Computer Lab Support Services

Michael Dunn

Director of Information Technology

B.S., ECPI Technical College

Cordaro Ellis

IT Specialist

B.S., University of Pikeville

Katrina Franklin

Director of Distant Learning and Support

B.S., High Point University; M.A.O.M., Virginia University of Lynchburg

Athletic Department

Don A. Lee Sr.

Director of Athletics & Head Football Coach

Jeffrey Monroe

Assistant Director of Athletics & Head Men’s Basketball Coach

Daniel Brooks

Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Mary Lee

Head Cheer Coach & Administrative Assistant

Wesley Hoover

Band Director

Tyler Jackson

Defensive Coordinator & Recruiting Director

Jeffery Maxwell

Offensive Coordinator & Academic Director

Gianne Estocado

Receivers Coach & Marketing and Media Director

Jerett Martin

Defensive Backs Coach & Strength and Conditioning Coordinator

Selien Dorvulus

Offensive Linemen Coach & Equipment Coordinator

Directors of Off-Campus Locations

Phillip Campbell

Director of the VUL Danville Site

B.R.S. Religious Studies, Virginia University of Lynchburg; M.R.S., M. Div., D. Min., Virginia University of Lynchburg

Eleanor Morris

Director of VUL Dawn Site

B.S Virginia Union, LHD Virginia University of Lynchburg

Mary Rock

Coordinator of VUL Dawn Teaching Site

B.S., Bennett College; Further study at University of North Carolina, Virginia State University, Mary Washington College and the University of Virginia

Naomi Chambers

Director of the VUL Suffolk Sites

B.S. Elementary Education, Elizabeth City State Teacher’s College; M.R.E. Religious Studies, Virginia University of Lynchburg/Virginia Seminary; L.H.D., Virginia Seminary and College

Vaurice T. Chambers

Assistant Director VUL Suffolk Sites

C.C.L., Norfolk State University; B.Th., United Christian Institute; D.D., United Christian Institute; D.D., Virginia University of Lynchburg

Millard Boone

Director of the VUL Petersburg Sites

B.S., Shaw University; M.Div., Virginia Union University; D.Min., Virginia University of Lynchburg; D.D., Virginia University of Lynchburg; D.Min., Virginia University of Lynchburg

Meet Our Faculty

School Faculty

Nicole Bailey Austin

Adjunct

B.S. Psychology, Lincoln University; M. A., Liberty University; Ph.D. Psychology, Walden University

Kimberly Austin

Adjunct

B.S., Elizabeth City State University; M.Ed., Cambridge College

Monroe G. Baldwin

Associate Professor of Biology Lab+

B.A. Chemistry, University of Virginia; M.D., University of Virginia; Board Certification in Urology (1976)

Robert L. Barnes, II

Assistant Professor of Religion

B.A., Saint Paul’s College; M.C.E. Christian Education, Richmond Virginia Seminary; D.Min., United Theological Seminary

Lawrence L. Beale, Sr.

Associate Professor of Homiletics and Counseling

B.A., Virginia University of Lynchburg; M.A. Counseling, Marshall University; M.Div. and D.Min., Virginia University of Lynchburg

Madeline F. Beard

Assistant Professor of Religion

A.A.S., Paul D. Camp Community College; B.S., Norfolk State University; M.Ed., Virginia State University; M.Div. and D.Min., Virginia University of Lynchburg

Patricia Coker-Bell

Instructor

B.S. & M.A., Norfolk State University; M.Div., Virginia Union University

Arion D. Benton

Instructor in Music Education

B.S. Interdisciplinary (Music Education), Norfolk State University; M.M., Norfolk State University

Henry Blunt

Instructor of Religion

B.S., Southern University; M.Div., Virginia Union University

Brunette Boone

Instructor of Religion

B.S., Norfolk State University; M.A., Norfolk State University; M.Div., Virginia Union University

Millard F. Boone, III

Assistant Professor

B.S., Shaw University; M. Div., Virginia Union University; D.D., Virginia University of Lynchburg; D.Min., Virginia University of Lynchburg

Gayle Breakley

Instructor

B.A. English, Averett University; M.S. Education/Guidance & Counseling

Barbara Butler

Instructor of Religion, Office Assistant (Suffolk)

A.A.S., Paul D. Camp Community College; B. S., Saint Paul’s College; M.R.E. and M.Div., Virginia University of Lynchburg

Barbara L. Cain

Assistant Professor

B.S Health and Physical Education, M.A. Guidance and Counseling, Virginia State University; M.Div., Virginia Union University, Ed.D. Educational Leadership, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Philip L. Campbell

Assistant Professor in Homiletics

B.R.S., M.R.S. & M.Div., Virginia University of Lynchburg; D.Min., Virginia University of Lynchburg

Marie Chavis

Instructor

B.S. Elementary Education, M.S. Education/Reading Specialist

Paige L. Chargois

Assistant Professor of Religion

B.A. Accounting, Virginia Union University; B.A. Psychology/Journalism, Austin Peay State University; D.Min., Union Theological Seminary

James Cobbs

Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Biblical Studies

B.A., Eastern Theological Seminary; M. Div., Virginia Union University; D.Min., United Theological Seminary

 

James Coleman

Director of the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Program, Professor of Theology and Homiletics

B.S. Political Science and Public Administration, James Madison University; M.Div., Virginia Union University; Th.M., Duke University; D.Min., United Theological Seminary (Dayton, OH)

Rose Cooper

Instructor of Religion

A.A.S., Tidewater Community College; B.A. Religious Studies, Virginia University of Lynchburg; M.R.E. and M.Div., Virginia University of Lynchburg

Milton Cox

Instructor

B.S., Virginia State University; M.Div., Virginia Union University; Chaplain, Naval Education, U.S. Navy

Vaughan M. Cunningham

Assistant Professor of Old Testament

B.R.S., Virginia Seminary and College; M.Div., Virginia Union University; D. Min., United Theological Seminary

Olivia Crawley

Instructor of Religious Studies

B.A., Norfolk State University; M.A., Hampton University; M.R.E. Religious Studies, Virginia University of Lynchburg

Carol B. Diggs

Instructor

B.A., Virginia State University; M.E., Regent University

William Dixon

Instructor in Evangelism

B.R.E., M.Div., & D. Min., Virginia University of Lynchburg

Aaron Dobynes

B.S., University of Alabama; M.Div., Va. Union; D.Min, United Theological Seminary; Candidate for Ph.D. Union Institute and University

Ashraf Esmail

Associate Professor

B.A. Sociology, LSU; M.A. Sociology, Georgia State University; Ph.D. Sociology/Administration, Union Institute and University

Hezteine Foster

Assistant Professor of Biology, Director of Student Services

B.S. Biology and Science and Social Studies, Bluefield State College; M.Ed. Science Education, Virginia State College (VSU); L.H.D., Virginia University of Lynchburg

Joyce A. Foster

Instructor

B.S., Norfolk State University; M.S., Purdue University

Lloyd Fox

Instructor

B.A., Virginia Commonwealth; M.Div., Virginia Union University

Kathy C. Franklin

College Dean/Vice President of Administration

B.S., Virginia State University; M.Ed., Lynchburg College; L.H.D., Virginia University of Lynchburg; Ph.D., Union Institute and University

Kenneth Grasty

Instructor

A.A., LaSalle University; B.A., Elizabethtown College; M.Ed., Antioch University; M.Div. and D.Min., Virginia University of Lynchburg

Eleanor Grasty

Instructor

B.S., West Chester University, Foreign Service Institute, The School of Language Studies Westchester University

Kenneth Goodman

Instructor

B.S. Psychology, M.S. Special Education, Old Dominion University; M.R.S., Virginia University of Lynchburg

Terrie E. Griffin

Vice President Division of Student Affairs, Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Global Missions Facilitator/ International Student Advisor

M.H.S., Lincoln University; M. Div., Virginia Union Universty Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology; D. Min., Virginia Union University Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology; Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Patient Counseling.

Charles Haden

Assistant Professor

B.A. Biology, Hampton University; D.M., The University of Virginia School of Medicine

Elisha G. Hall

Professor

A.B. & B.D., Virginia Seminary & College; B.S., Virginia State University; M.Div. & D.D., Virginia Seminary & College; M.Ed., University of Virginia; & L.L.D., Richmond Virginia Seminary

Marthia I. Haynie

Associate Professor

B.S. Biology, Hampton University; Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Hermina Hendricks

Assistant Professor

B.S. Music, Defiance College; Master of Music Education, James Madison University; Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Curriculum and Instruction, Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Carl B. Hutcherson, Jr.

Instructor

A.A. Mortuary Science, John Tyler Community College; B.A. History and Political Science, Hampton Institute; M.Div., Duke University

Karl Hutchings

Adjunct

B.A. History, Old Dominion University; M.S. Mathematics, College of William and Mary

Carlton Jackson Jr.

Core Faculty Advisor

A.S., Central Virginia Community College; B.S., Liberty University; M.B.A., Averett University; D.Min., Virginia University of Lynchburg

Eula B. Jones

Co-Instructor of History

B.A., Virginia Union University

Robert Jones

Instructor

Collegiate Professional License, Math; M. Div. Virginia Union University

Gracie King

Instructor of Developmental English

B.A., Norfolk State University; B.A. Religious Studies, Virginia University of Lynchburg

Ralph King

Instructor of Health and Wellness

B.S., Winston State University; M.Ed., Lynchburg College; Post Graduate Professional License, Health Education

Carol Larson

Instructor

B.A., Hollins University; M.A., Bowling Green University

Mamie T. Lee

Assistant Professor of Christian Missions

B.A., M.R.E., M.Div., D.Min., Virginia University of Lynchburg

Stacy Rice-Lee

Instructor

B.S. English, M.A. English Literature, Old Dominion University

Corine Lucas

Instructor

B.A., M.Div., Virginia Union University

 

Alice Mabry

Director of Continuing Education and Instructor

B.S., Virginia State University; M.Ed., Virginia State University

Jennifer Mason

Instructor

B.S. Organizational Management, Saint Paul’s College; M.Ed. School Administration, Cambridge College, Chesapeake, Virginia

 

Marion Matthews

Instructor of Religion

B.S., Norfolk State University; M.A., Hampton University; D.Min., Virginia University of Lynchburg

 

Marshall D. Mays

Professor of Religion

A.A. Liberal Arts, Virginia College; B.A. in Theology, Virginia Seminary and College; M.R.S., Eastern Theological Seminary; M. Div. and D. Min., Virginia University of Lynchburg

Jeryl Moody

Adjunct

Bachelor of Theology, M.Div., Eastern North Carolina Theological Institute

Lillian Morris

Instructor

B.A. History and English, Virginia Union; M.Ed. Reading Specialist, University of Virginia

 

Shirley Napier

Assistant Professor

B.A., Morgan State University; M.A., Loyola College; Ed.D., University of Tennessee

Sharon Thomas Parker

Adjunct

B.S. Psychology, M.Ed. Counselor Ed., Pennsylvania State University; Ed.D. Educational Leadership, Nova Southeastern University

Pelzetta Perry

Instructor of Foreign Language

B.S. Spanish, South Carolina State; M.S. Spanish, Bowling Green State University

Catherine Randolph

Instructor

B. S., Virginia Union University; M.Ed. & Science, Virginia State University

Florence Reynolds

Instructor

B.S., Virginia State University; M.R.E., Virginia University of Lynchburg

 

Diane Rhoades

Adjunct

B.S. Organization Management, Saint Paul’s College; M.B.A., Averette University; Ph.D., Leadership for Higher Education, Capella University

Lona Tapper Rogers

Assistant Professor

B.S., Virginia Commonwealth University; M.Div., Duke University; D.Min., Union Theological Seminary Presbyterian School of Christian Education

Joan Robinson

Instructor

M.Ed. Math Education, University of Virginia

Kimberly Robinson

Adjunct

M.S., Administration, Central Michigan University

Roxie Russell

Adjunct

B.A. Sociology, North Carolina Central University; M.A. Agency Counseling

James E. Sales

Instructor

B.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Communication Studies and English Minor; M.A. Curriculum and Instruction, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; M.Ed. Educational Leadership, Lynchburg College

 

James Samuel

Assistant Professor

B.A., Livingston College; M.Div., Duke University; D.Min., Drew University

Charles L. Shannon, III

Quatlity Control/ Core Faculty Advisor, Professor of Religious Education and Spiritual Formation

B.A., M.Div., D.Min.

Michael Shannon

Instructor

B.A. History and Political Science, M.Div., Virginia Union University, BA and D.Min., Virginia University of Lynchburg

 

Clyde Shepherd

Professor of Psychology

B.A. Social Science, M.Ed. Developmental Disabilities, Ed.D., Developmental Disabilities, University of Virginia

 

Ronnie Sidney

Instructor

A.A., Rappahannock Community College; A.A., A.Th., Fredericksburg Bible Institute; B.Th., B.A., M.Div., Richmond Virginia Seminary; M.Div. Virginia Union University

Joanne Singleton

Adjunct

B.S. Organizational Management, M.S. Instruction, Central Michigan University

Monroe L. Smith

Instructor

A.A.S., J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College; A.Th., Brown Theological Seminary; B.A.Th., Virginia Seminary and College; M.Div., Virginia University of Lynchburg

L. Garnell Stamps, Sr.

Instructor in English

B.A. English, University of Maryland; LHD, Virginia University of Lynchburg

Lena Thompson

Assistant Professor

B.S., Virginia Union University; M.Ed., Virginia State University; M.Div., Virginia Union University; D.Min., United Theological Seminary

 

Swannie P. Thompson

Assistant Professor of French and Religion; Librarian

B.A. French and Psychology, Johnson C. Smith University; M.A. Educational Media and Technology (Library Science), North Carolina Central University; M.Div., Virginia Seminary and College; D.D., D.Min., Virginia University of Lynchburg

Wally G. Vaughan

Dean and Professor of Preaching and Worship

Colonel, Air Force Chaplain; B.A. and M.Div., Virginia Union University; M.Th., Princeton University; D.Min., United Theological Seminary

Charles Williams

Instructor of Health and Physical Education

A.A.S., Kittrell Junior College; B.A. Health and Physical Education, Norfolk State University; M.A., Hampton University

Isaac E. Williams

Assistant Professor of History

B.A., Virginia Union University; M.A., Hampton University; M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; D.D., Virginia Seminary & College

Mentors

Millard F. Boone

Core Faculty Advisor, Director, Virginia University of Lynchburg Petersburg Teaching Site

B.A., M. Div., D. Min.

Jerome O. Lee

Core Faculty Advisor

B.A., M. Div., D. Min.

Carlton Jackson, Jr.

Core Faculty Advisor

B.S., M.B.A., D. Min.

Lena H. Thompson

Core Faculty Advisor, Adjunct Faculty Petersburg site

B.S., M.Ed., M.Div., D.Min.

Lecturers

Patricia Gould-Champ

Assistant Professor of Practical Theology

B.A., M.Div., School of Theology Virginia Union University; M.Ed., Virginia State University; Ed. D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

John Perkins

Has been recognized for his work in Reconciliation and Community Development by being awarded nine honorary doctorates from colleges such as Geneva College to Wheaton College

Walter S. Thomas, Sr.

Pastor, New Psalmist Baptist Church Baltimore, Maryland; Presiding Prelate, Kingdom Association of Covenant Pastors

B.S., University of Maryland; M. Div., Howard Divinity School, D.Min., Saint Mary’s Seminary & University

Mary H. Young

Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Christian Education

B.S., Virginia Union University; M.Div., School of Theology Virginia Union University; Ed.D., Union PSCE;