Senior Leadership

L. Randolph Lowry III

President

L. Randolph Lowry, IIIConnecting 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 lori.ligon@lipscomb.edu.

W. Craig Bledsoe

Provost

Craig BledsoeSupplying 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 mary.bouldin@lipscomb.edu.

Nancy Magnusson Durham

Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

Nancy Magnusson DurhamPlanning 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 patra.thomas@lipscomb.edu.

Scott McDowell

Senior Vice President for Student Life

Scott McDowellWe 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 kathy.meadows@lipscomb.edu.

Candice McQueen

Senior Vice President

Candice McQueenCandice McQueen taught in both private and public elementary and middle schools before coming to Lipscomb. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb University, her master’s in education from Vanderbilt University and her Ph.D. in education from the University of Texas. Her primary research and teaching interests are reading and writing methods and children’s literature. McQueen is a highly sought after national expert on a variety of educational issues with a long list of accolades and collaborative achievements in education at all levels.

In her present role, she supervises the dean of the College of Education as well as Lipscomb Academy’s headmaster. She may be reached at 615.966.5061 or via email at kelly.bridges@lipscomb.edu.

Danny H. Taylor

Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

Danny TaylorWe 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 india.triplett@lipscomb.edu.

Dale Armstrong

Senior Development Counsel

Dale ArmstrongAs 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 dale.armstrong@lipscomb.edu.

Susan Coomer Galbreath

Vice Provost for Academic and Financial Affairs
and Special Assistant to the President

Susan GalbreathHelping students realize their potential is a passion for Susan Galbreath. A certified public accountant, Galbreath has served in the Office of the Provost since June 2008 and and was named Vice Provost for Academic and Financial Affairs in 2014. In addition to this role, she 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 Teaching and Learning which provides faculty with training and support for teaching excellence. Galbreath served as interim dean in the College of Business from Jun. 2004 - Dec, 2005 and from Aug. 2007 - Mar. 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 kathryn.watts@lipscomb.edu.

Mike Green

Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Mike GreenWe 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 cindy.mears@lipscomb.edu.

Rick Holaway

Vice President for Enrollment Management

Rick HolawayFirst impressions are important in any business, and that is no exception at Lipscomb. And the start to any undergraduate’s experience begins long before they step on campus for the first day of classes. Rick Holaway oversees the new student enrollment for undergraduates. He is passionate about working with students and their families as students make one of their first “big choices” in life—where to go to college. But it doesn’t end there. His passion for following student’s lives as they grow, mature and one-day graduate is—in the end—what his team is all about.

Holaway, a graduate of Lipscomb University, has increased undergraduate enrollment for the university by 25 percent since he took the helm in 2004. In the same time period, he increased first-time freshman enrollment by 39 percent—this during a time of economic downturn and increased unrest in higher education. Holaway received his B.S. and MBA from Lipscomb University and is currently working on his Doctor of Business Administration from George Fox University. He also is an adjunct faculty member in the College of Business. He may be reached at 615.966.6133 or by email at rick.holaway@lipscomb.edu.

Philip Hutcheson

Athletic Director 

Philip HutchisonThe 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 sherry.phillips@lipscomb.edu

Walt Leaver

Vice President for University Relations

Walt LeaverEach 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 nan.hensley@lipscomb.edu.

John Lowry

Vice President for Community and Government Relations

Lohn LowryJohn Lowry is vice president for community and government relations. He also serves as executive director of Spark Lipscomb’s Idea Center. Lowry has a Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree from Abilene Christian University. He also has completed graduate work in dispute resolution at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law and in public policy at California State University, Sacramento. Last spring he was named one of Williamson County’s most influential people by the Nashville Business Journal.

He may be reached at 615.966.3000 or via email at jenny.stephenson@lipscomb.edu.

Scott Sager

Vice President for Church Services

Scott SagerSpiritual 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 jenna.schrader@lipscomb.edu.

Deby K. Samuels

Vice President for University Communication and Marketing

Deby SamuelsJust 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 stacey.lusk@lipscomb.edu.