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Milligan welcomes new faculty and staff for 2017-18

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (August 17, 2017)—Milligan College welcomes several new faculty and staff members to start the fall 2017 semester. New faculty include:

Dr. Namyoun Choi joins Milligan’s as assistant professor of computer science. She holds a bachelor’s in mathematics from Ewha Women’s University in Korea, a master’s in computer Science from Drexel University, and a doctorate in information science and technology from Drexel. Previously, Choi taught at Immaculata University in Pennsylvania and was a post-doctoral teaching associate in Immaculata’s Department of Mathematics/Information & Digital Systems.

Dr. Kristen Entwistle serves as assistant professor of chemistry. She received a bachelor’s in chemistry from Gordon College and a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from Michigan State University. Entwistle previously served at Goshen College in Indiana as visiting assistant professor of chemistry.

Dr. David Gibbons joins Milligan’s faculty as assistant professor of physician assistant studies. He graduated from Milligan with a biology degree in 2003 and went on to earn his doctorate in biomedical sciences from East Tennessee State University. Gibbons also completed a fellowship in cardiology at the University of Iowa. Previously, he served at Hannibal-LaGrange University teaching biology.

Dr. Jeff Giesey serves at Milligan as professor of electrical engineering. He previously worked at Ohio University as the associate dean at the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, as well as associate professor of electrical engineering. Giesey holds a bachelor’s and master’s in electrical engineering from Michigan State and a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan. In addition to an extensive background in electrical engineering and bioengineering, he was a Fulbright Fellow in 2001.

Jacob Goodin joins Milligan as instructor of biology. He graduated Westmont College with a bachelor’s in kinesiology and ETSU with a master’s in sports science, where he currently is enrolled in a doctoral program.

Dr. David Hampton serves as professor of mechanical engineering. He holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy; a Master of Engineering in nuclear engineering and a doctorate in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia; and two Master of Theology degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary. In addition, he has deep family connections to Milligan including his father, Roy, and his mother, Wanda, who taught at the college for many years. One of the college’s newest residence halls, Hampton Hall, also bears the family name.

Mr. David Kiger joins Milligan as the theological librarian and assistant director of library services. He is a graduate of Ozark Christian College with a Bachelor of Theology, and he received a Master of Divinity from Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan. Kiger is currently completing his doctorate in historical theology from Marquette University.

Dr. Ian Lundholm serves as assistant professor of mathematics. He completed a bachelor’s in mathematics at Waynesburg University and a doctorate in math at Washington State.

New staff include:

Danny Arnett joins the Landscaping and Grounds department.

Joy Eden serves as an admissions counselor. She previously worked in nonprofit recruitment and graduated from Ozark Christian College with a bachelor’s in Christian ministry.

Heather Mullins moved from serving as receptionist in the Business Office to the Physical Plant as the office manager. Previously, she served in management with Wal-Mart for almost 10 years and then worked for Eastman Chemical Company in manufacturing.

Rebecca Proffitt joins Milligan as a receptionist for the Business Office. She previously worked as an office administrator for a local real estate agency and graduated from Milligan in 2006 with a bachelor’s in business administration.

Phil Roberts serves as assistant to the president for seminary development where he will be developing relationships with individual donors and churches on behalf of Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan. Roberts comes to the college with nearly 25 years of ministry experience at churches and parachurch ministries in Ohio, Georgia, Kentucky and, most recently, as senior minister with Colonial Heights Christian Church in Kingsport, Tennessee.

Oscar Sarmiento joins Milligan as an admissions counselor. He graduated from the college in 2015 with a bachelor’s in Bible with an emphasis in youth ministry. In addition, he earned a master’s in church ministries from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2017.

Classes for Milligan’s 2017-2018 academic year began Wednesday, Aug. 16.


MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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