At Lipscomb University we boldly and courageously move the institution forward in ways that help our students prepare for their next in life. Leading the charge with vision and innovation is a senior leadership team that is assembled from the nation’s best and brightest experts in higher education.
L. Randolph Lowry III
Connecting the university to the Nashville community is a hallmark of L. Randolph Lowry’s presidency at Lipscomb University. He views the city of Nashville as the university’s campus and the world as its classroom.
Since his arrival on campus as the university’s 17th president in September 2005, Lowry led the Lipscomb community through Lipscomb 2010, a $54 million plan that dramatically advanced the institution’s academic programs and campus facilities, including establishing Middle Tennessee’s first College of Pharmacy. He also launched seven institutes designed to not only offer academic programs but to also serve the community through their programs and services. Recently, Lowry announced Lipscomb 2016, an initiative to invest $125 million by the university’s 125th anniversary in 2016. Under Lowry’s leadership, the university has experienced a 81 percent enrollment growth.
In addition to his reputation for education innovation, Lowry is also of the nation’s leading experts in the dispute resolution field. He has been featured in a variety of national media outlets including CNN, Bloomberg Businessweek, Huffington Post and Washington Monthly as a conflict management expert. He has received numerous accolades for his leadership including being named “Most Admired CEO” by the Nashville Business Journal. He may be reached at 615.966.1787 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
W. Craig Bledsoe
Supplying students with the practical tools for life and career through the university’s academic program is at the core of Provost W. Craig Bledsoe’s daily activity as Lipscomb University’s chief academic officer. Since 1997, Bledsoe has boldly led the expansion and innovation of the university’s academic program. Under his leadership, the university has expanded to seven colleges that offer eight bachelor’s degrees in 78 majors or 145 areas of undergraduate study, several pre-professional programs and an accelerated adult degree program as well as 25 master’s degrees, four education specialist degrees and three doctorate degrees in 58 fields of study.
A member of the Lipscomb University faculty since 1977, he earned his bachelor's degree from Lipscomb, a master's degree from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He may be reached at 615.966.1789 or via email at email@example.com.
Nancy Magnusson Durham
Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Planning for Lipscomb University’s next is a primary focus for Nancy Magnusson, who leads the university’s strategic planning and vision for technology growth among other initiatives. Magnusson has more than 35 years of experience in higher education and in helping students be prepared for their tomorrows and to help Lipscomb plan for its future.
Before bringing her expertise to Lipscomb, Magnusson was senior vice president for planning, information and technology at Pepperdine University, where she successfully led that institution’s strategic planning efforts, including developing a program for assessing educational effectiveness, enhancing and remodeling the institution's libraries and providing the technology necessary for instruction and administration. She has served in a variety of faculty and administrative roles at Pepperdine’s Seaver College, including assistant dean of Seaver College, interim provost, director of Pepperdine's London program and dean of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Her responsibilities included strategic planning and implementing technological innovations, including online learning.
She has an undergraduate degree from Westmont College, a Master of Arts degree from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D. from Washington State University. She may be reached at 615.966.5275 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Vice President for Student Life
We know that the university experience includes much more than just classroom learning. Scott McDowell is passionate about creating meaningful opportunities for spiritual formation as well as a memorable campus life experience for students. As senior vice president for student life, McDowell oversees campus life, chapel, student activities, campus security and safety, veterans services, residence life, intercultural development, freshmen orientation and career development teams among other responsibilities.
McDowell earned his undergraduate degree from Freed-Hardeman University and a Master of Arts in Religion from Lipscomb. He earned his doctorate in higher education leadership from Azusa Pacific University. He may be reached at 615.966.5690 or via email at email@example.com.
Danny H. Taylor
Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration
We know that planning for a strong future for Lipscomb involves visionary planning for the institution’s finances. Danny Taylor helps the institution plan for its next as the institution’s chief financial officer.
Taylor joined the Lipscomb administration in November 2000. A certified public accountant with nearly 30 years of experience, Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and Bachelor of Arts degree in speech from Western Kentucky University. He leads Lipscomb’s financial affairs, accounting services, endowment accounting, campus services, physical plant, human resources, payroll and rental properties areas. He may be reached at 615.966.7650 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Development Counsel
As senior development counsel, Dale Armstrong collaborates with the development team on campaign planning and strategy, partners with university administration on major donor relations initiatives and provides leadership for major fundraising programs for athletics and the academy.
A graduate of Lipscomb University, Armstrong brings with him nearly 20 years of experience in development and has led successful campaigns of up to $30 million for more than 50 organizations. For the past 12 years, Armstrong has served as vice president for Dickerson and Associates, a development firm based in Colorado. During that time, he led successful capital campaigns for Christian schools and colleges in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. He was also executive director of Georgia Christian School for five years, during which time he helped grow the institution’s enrollment and endowment significantly. He may be reached at 615.966.5148 or via email at email@example.com.
Susan Coomer Galbreath
Associate Provost for Academic Administration and Strategic Initiatives
and Special Assistant to the President
Helping students realize their potential is a passion for Susan Galbreath. A certified public accountant, Galbreath was appointed associate provost for academic administration and strategic initiatives in June 2009 and has served as special assistant to the president since 2006.
Galbreath provides vision and leadership for academic budgets, directs academic strategic initiatives, including Summer Programs, Wintermester, and Community College Partnerships, and is responsible for the Center for Instructional Technology which provides technical support and training for the use of technology in academic settings. Galbreath served as interim dean in the College of Business from June 2004 - December 2005 and from August 2007 - March 2008.
A veteran educator, Galbreath was on the faculty at Tennessee Technological University and East Carolina University prior to coming to Lipscomb. She has an undergraduate degree in accounting from Tennessee Technological University and a Master of Accountancy and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She is a recipient of an Outstanding Accounting Educator Award from the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and has been named a Nashville Woman of Influence. She may be reached at 615.966.5804 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
We believe that technology is a vital aspect of a university community. Veteran information technology expert Mike Green is Lipscomb chief information officer. He infuses his experience with some of the largest technology companies in the country into the Lipscomb program and continually seeks to keep the university on the cutting edge of technology.
Before coming to Lipscomb, Green was chief operating officer for PROFORMANCE Inc. and served as senior director of IT for Hewlett Packard overseeing the Americas Region Services IT organization. He also served as the IT director of internet systems, CRM systems, and corporate testing and release management for corporate services at HP. Green also served as a consulting practice director for Andersen Consulting, Digital Equipment Corporation, DSC Communications and has worked in defense systems at the Oak Ridge National Labs and E-Systems. He was also on faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. He has a Master of Science in computer science from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Mississippi State University. He may be reached at 615.966.5682 or via email at email@example.com.
Vice President and Headmaster of Lipscomb Academy
Enriching students with intellectual experiences and spiritual development is Mike Hammond’s passion. As vice president and headmaster of Lipscomb Academy, he leads the administration, vision and strategic planning for the school of more than 1,300 students.
A lifetime educator, Hammond served as dean of Lipscomb University’s former College of Education and Professional Studies from 2003-08 and was professor of education, director of teacher education and chair of the department of education from 2001-08. From 1990-2001, Hammond served as executive principal at Nashville’s John Overton High School and held various administrative and faculty positions in Metro Nashville Public Schools for more than three decades. He holds a Ph.D. from George Peabody College, a Master of Science from Middle Tennessee State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Lipscomb University. He may be contacted by phone at 615.966.1828 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
At any university, tuition covers only a portion of the cost to educate its students. As vice president of development and alumni relations since May 2007, Bennie Harris understands importance of donors in preparing students for their next. Through his leadership and vision, he has increased fundraising dollars nearly 75 percent since 2010. He is leading the university’s Lipscomb:Next initiative to invest $125 million in the university by its 125th anniversary in 2016. Just three years into the five-year effort, more than 20,000 donors have entrusted the university with more than $63 million.
A higher education veteran, Harris has served as assistant vice president for development and campaign director at DePaul University in Chicago. Along with his tenure at DePaul, Harris also served as the director for the Center for Human Rights at Washington State University, as interim and associate director of corporate and foundation relations at Washington State, and as senior director of development and external affairs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Harris holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Mississippi State University, an MBA in strategic marketing from Washington State University and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He may be reached at 615.966.6220 or via email at email@example.com.
The Bison athletics program is a vital part of campus life. Athletic Director Philip Hutcheson has a unique perspective on the program as a former standout on the men’s basketball team. Since October 2008, Hutcheson has guided the department as it has expanded its offerings and has become a competitive force in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The university fields 17 men’s and women’s teams and competes in the NCAA Division I.
As a member of the Bison basketball team from 1986-1990, Hutcheson attracted national attention as he broke college basketball’s all-time scoring record, scoring 4,106 points during his career. Hutcheson’s record was broken four years later by fellow Bison John Pierce, whose record remains unbroken. Hutcheson was named the 1990 NAIA Player of the Year, was named All-American for four years and is a member of the Lipscomb and Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame among numerous other honors. Hutcheson began his career playing professional basketball for the Music City Jammers in Nashville and later for a team in Manchester, England. Hutcheson returned to Nashville and began working in management at Sessions Paving Company in Nashville in 1997. Hutcheson has been heavily involved in the Nashville community. A 1999 alumnus of Leadership Nashville, Hutcheson has served on boards for the Green Hills YMCA and the Nashville Zoo.
A graduate of Lipscomb University, Hutcheson has an MBA from the University of Georgia. He may be reached at 615.966.5850 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President for University Relations
Each year tens of thousands of guests visit the Lipscomb campus for a variety of non-athletic events. Walt Leaver leads a tireless team of event managers and planners as well as entertainment and technical services experts who help make these events top-quality for on campus and community clients.
Leaver, a member of the administrative team since 1994, is instrumental in developing relationships with organizations in the community and in partnering with them for signature university events such as the Nashville Business Breakfast, Lighting of the Green with Amy Grant and Friends, and the Charlie Daniels Scholarship for Heroes concert that helps provide scholarships for the university’s student veterans. A Lipscomb University alumnus, Leaver also serves as minister of Brentwood Hills Church of Christ. He may be reached at 615.966.6609 or via email at email@example.com.
Vice President for Church Services
Spiritual formation and serving churches are at the heart of Lipscomb University. Scott Sager knows that a university has many resources to help guide students, faculty and staff, alumni, friends and others as they seek to develop and claim their faith and that a Christian institution can provide valuable resources to churches across the country. Since July 2011, Sager has strategically reached out to and served numerous churches as vice president for church services. Prior to joining the administrative team, Sager served for 15 years as senior minister of the Preston Road Church of Christ in Dallas, giving him a unique understanding of the interworking and needs of churches. He also is on faculty in the College of Bible and Ministry. Under his leadership, Summer Celebration, the university’s annual Bible lectures, has had record attendance and participation.
Sager serves on the board of the Christian Relief Fund where his focus is on supporting AIDS orphans in Africa. In Dallas, he serves on the board of Christ’s Family Ministries, a fully functioning health clinic he founded that serves the working poor and is located inside the Preston Road Church of Christ building.
Sager earned a D.Min. in evangelism from Southern Methodist University and is an Abilene Christian University alumnus, having earned an undergraduate degree in business management as well as a master's degrees in Bible and divinity. Prior to moving to Dallas, Scott was the campus minister at the University of Texas in Austin. He may be reached at 615.966.5211 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deby K. Samuels
Vice President for University Communication and Marketing
Just like a person, the university has an image and personality. Deby Samuels, vice president for marketing and communication, is the champion of that image and personality as she leads the university’s public relations, media relations, strategic and crisis communication, publications, graphic design, web, social media, photography, advertising, marketing and writing services.
Samuels is a veteran marketer in Nashville and brings a broad range of communications and marketing experience to the position including leadership roles in both the agency and corporate environments to the university. Prior to joining the administrative team, she held a variety of positions including vice president of marketing communications for AmSurg Corp., director of marketing for Comdata as well as creative and executive positions with The Buntin Group advertising and Dye, Van Mol & Lawrence (DVL) public relations, each among the area’s leading communications agencies in their respective areas. She may be reached at 615.966.7133 or via email at email@example.com.