our Staff

Timothy Eaton, Ph.D.
President

Ph.D. and M.Ed., University of Oklahoma; M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; B.Th., Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College; and advanced studies, Harvard University:Harvard Institutes of Higher Education

Dr. Eaton currently serves as President of Randall University in Moore, Oklahoma and on the Council of Presidents for the Oklahoma Independent Colleges and Universities (OICU). He has served as a faculty member, plus various administrative positions in Higher Education for over 25 years. His expertise in research is reflected in his book: "Path to the Professoriate: For High-achieving, First-generation College Students," Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Muller Actiengesellschaft & Co. KG., 2009.

Since 1996 Dr. Eaton has served as the Principal Investigator for the Reliability and Validity Study by TRACS. He has led six successful institutional self-studies for candidacy or accreditation with both state and DOE recognized accrediting agencies. He has served as a visiting team member or TRACS representative on over 30 on-site evaluation team visits.

Ron Cannon, D.Min.
Vice President of Operations (COO)

D.Min., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary; M.A.T.S., World Evangelism Bible College and Seminary; B.A., Intercultural
Ministry, World Evangelism Bible College and Seminary

Dr. Cannon has served as a missionary, pastor, and more recently as an administrator and faculty member. He has more than fifteen years experience in the areas of education and administration. He has served on numerous evaluation team visits for TRACS. Dr. Cannon helped to pioneer and subsequently served as the President and Chief Academic Officer at Leyte Gulf Bible College in Dulag, Leyte, Philippines. He served as the Vice-President for Student Development for 2 years, the Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Registrar for 8 years, and the Executive Vice-President in Charge of Daily Operations for 2 years; all at Messenger College of Joplin, Missouri (now Euless, Texas).

Dr. Cannon's strengths lie in the areas of Academic Programs and Administration and Faculty/Staff Relations. Dr. Cannon is married to Kim Cannon. They have five children - Andrew, Stephen, Rebekah, Sarah and Seth.

Tanmay Pramanik, D.R.E.
Vice President of Institutional Compliance

D.R.E., Temple Baptist Seminary; M.Min., Cincinnati Christian University; B.A., Economics, Political Science and Sociology, Bangalore University, India

Dr. Pramanik has over a decade in educational, administrative, and accreditation experience. He has served on numerous evaluation team visits for TRACS. He has served in many capacities at Temple Baptist College including the Chair of Arts & Science, Dean of Student Affairs, and Vice-President of Enrollment Management and Institutional Effectiveness. He has presented at academic and religious conferences in the United States as well as numerous foreign countries.

Dr. Pramanik has particular strengths in the institutional effectiveness process and has pioneered assessment strategies to measure student learning at Temple Baptist College.

John Harbison, D.Min.
Vice President of Institutional Compliance

D.Min., Covenant Theological Seminary; M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary; M.A.R., Westminster Theological Seminary; B.S., Forestry, Pennsylvania State University

Dr. John Harbison has served at Community Christian College for the past 11 years, first as Dean of Students, and then as Vice President for Academic Affairs. He was the director of accreditation and assessment and the college's pastor during that time. He also has had the opportunity to serve on a number of TRACS visiting teams. Before his work at the college, he was a staff member of Campus Crusade for Christ, and he spent 13 years as a pastor in churches in Pennsylvania and Colorado. In addition, he has published a book through Kirkdale Press called Keeping Christ in Ministry.

Dr. Harbison’s areas of strength lie in assessment and academic affairs.  He is married and has two sons and one granddaughter. He and his wife, Roberta, live in Forest, Virginia.

Barry Griffith
Vice President of Finance (CFO)

B. S., Business Administration, Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mr. Griffith's career path has included work as an accountant, financial analyst, general contractor, Vice President of a heating and air conditioning company, and over 13 years as an administrator at Piedmont Baptist College & Graduate School overseeing the business office, technology department, and maintenance functions of the institution. In this capacity, he served on the President's Cabinet and routinely gave reports to the Board of Trustees.

Barry is dedicated to seeing incredibly gifted men and women serve the Lord Jesus, using the knowledge and guidance they receive during their years at a Christian college.

Meryl Lee Sawyer
Vice President of Administration

Additional studies, Texas Wesleyan University; B.A., French, Grove City College

After graduating from college, Meryl Lee taught in the Elementary French Program in Butler, PA. For sixteen years she owned and managed a retail-clothing store. In 1989 she returned to Grove City College to become Secretary/Administrative Assistant in the Executive Office.

Later she served as Administrative Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Academic Dean of Blue Mountain College, MS.

Meryl Lee joined TRACS as an Administrative Assistant in 2004.

Christie Crosswhite
Team Visit and Conference Coordinator

Associate's Degree in Computer Programming, Johnston
Community College; Associate of Arts in Business, Louisburg College

After graduating from college, Christie worked at the North Carolina Department of Transportation as an Applications Computer Programmer for eight years. In 2003, Christie and her family moved to Forest, Virginia, where she homeschooled her children for nine years. She attends Forest Baptist Church and served as the Word of Life Administrator for the children's ministry for seven years.

Christie is married to Todd and has four children: Kacie, Tiffany, Emily and Jesse.
She joined TRACS in April 2012.

Katie Hunter
Accounting Associate

Associate's Degree, Computer Applications Programming,
National College

Katie joined TRACS as the Team Visit Clerk in 2009.

 

 

 

 
Kristen Runion
Receptionist and Data Control Manager

B. A., English, Bluefield College

Kristen graduated in 2007 from Bluefield College in Bluefield, VA. During her time in college, she gained over four years of
experience as a bank teller, working at First Century Bank in Bluefield. After graduating, Kristen served as Assistant Office Manager at Crossroads Camp and Conference Center in Lowesville, VA.

Since moving to Lynchburg in 2008, she has worked as co-manager of Journeys shoe store and as a server in several restaurants, including Olive Garden Italian Restaurant.

Kristen joined TRACS in August 2011.