Bryan College's controversial president to retire. Here's who will lead the school in 2020.

Staff photo by Doug Strickland / College President Stephen Livesay speaks during Bryan College's spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Dayton, Tenn. Gov. Bill Lee was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters during the ceremony. In his first commencement address as governor, Lee spoke about how his faith helped him overcome tragedy following the death of his first wife in a horseback riding accident.

Bryan College will be under new direction next summer as longtime President Stephen Livesay plans to retire and Doug Mann takes on the leadership role in July 2020, the school's board announced Tuesday.

Mann now serves as vice president for academics and provost at the small Christian liberal arts college in Dayton, Tennessee, which is home to 1,450 students. He graduated from Bryan in 1992 and received his Ph.D in history from the University of Georgia. Mann previously served as the Liberty University administrative dean of graduate programs and dean of the graduate school, according to the announcement.

Delana Bice, Bryan board of trustees chairwoman, said in a statement Mann fits the vision outlined by Livesay for continuing to expand the campus and be a destination for students.