Provost Office Leadership

Bledsoe, CraigDr. W. Craig Bledsoe

Dr. Bledsoe has served as Provost, Lipscomb's chief academic officer, since 1997. He is also professor of political science, and earned his bachelor's degree from Lipscomb, the master's degree from the University of Florida, and the Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He has been a member of the Lipscomb University faculty since 1977. He may be contacted at 615.966.1789 or

Bouldin, RandyDr. Randy Bouldin
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies

Dr. Randy Bouldin, Associate Provost for Academic Development and Graduate Studies, holds the B.A. degree from Lipscomb University, the M.S. degree from The University of Tennessee/Knoxville, and the Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Bouldin is an Associate Professor of Mathematics teaching undergraduate Mathematics and graduate Math Education courses. He has been at Lipscomb University since 1986 and was appointed Associate Provost in 2007. He is a member of the Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools, the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools, the Council of Graduate Schools, the Tennessee Mathematics Teachers' Association and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Bouldin works closely with the Provost and College Deans to manage the academic and administrative policies and practices associated with curriculum and instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate levels including undergraduate general education and the development of all new academic programs for the university. In addition, Bouldin chairs the Graduate Academic Leadership Team (GALT), and he oversees the work of the Beaman Library, Adult Learning, Lifelong Learning and the Registrar’s office. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the university’s yearbook, Backlog. Bouldin has been the recipient of Lipscomb’s Outstanding Teaching Award as well as a summer academic development grant. Bouldin served as the faculty representative on the Reaffirmation Leadership Team for Lipscomb’s most recent SACS reaccreditation process where he led the development of Lipscomb’s service-learning program, SALT (Serving and Learning Together). To contact Bouldin you can email him at or call at 615.966.6287.

Galbreath, SusanDr. Susan Coomer Galbreath, CPA
Vice Provost for Academic and Financial Affairs

Dr. 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.  In her role as Associate Provost, Galbreath supervises academic budgets, directs academic strategic initiatives, such as our Summer Program, Janmester, 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.  As Special Assistant to the President, Galbreath works closely with President Lowry on special projects that have strategic implications for Lipscomb University.

Previously, Galbreath was on the faculty at Tennessee Technological University and East Carolina University. She received an undergraduate degree in accounting from Tennessee Technological University and the master of accountancy and the doctor of philosophy degrees from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Galbreath served as interim dean in the College of Business from June 2004 - December 2005 and from August 2007 - March 2008. She was awarded the 2005 Outstanding Accounting Educator Award by the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and was named a Nashville Woman of Influence for 2008. She may be reached at 615.966.5804 or via email at

Griffin, ElaineDr. Elaine Griffin
Vice Provost for Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness

Dr. Elaine Griffin is Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness. In her role as Associate Provost, she leads the Strategic Planning Team for the Office of the Provost from the planning and design phase to the implementation phase. Additionally, she provides the university-wide educational programs for continuous quality improvement processes for assessment both academically and operationally, leads process improvement teams, manages the reaffirmation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is the university liaison with that organization and other accrediting bodies.

Griffin achieved Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives in 1994. She authored numerous articles with topics ranging from providing cost-effective care to working collaboratively with physicians, healthcare executives, managers, and employees.  Griffin served as an inaugural board member for Healthcare Executive Forum of Middle Tennessee and was Program Chairman during 2007. She served as adjunct clinical professor in the Department of Nursing at the University of Cincinnati, and held the position of Professor of Business at Harding University in Searcy, AR.

Griffin holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She holds a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Business Administration from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services and Social Change from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Griffin may be reached at or 615.966.5818. 

Prewitt, StephenT. Stephen Prewitt
Associate Provost

Mr. Prewitt joined the faculty in the department of English at Lipscomb in 1979. In 1997 Mr. Prewitt joined the staff of the Office of the Provost, serving as director of Academic Program Development. In 2002 he was appointed Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, continuing his work in academic program development as well as overseeing General Education, Adult Studies, Study Abroad, the University Library, Academic Advising and Support Services, and the Honors program. In 2009 he was named Associate Provost for Student Academic Support. In this position, Mr. Prewitt oversees the following areas: Academic Advising and Support Services, the Honors College, the First-Year Experience, the SALT program (Serving and Learning Together), and the Lipscomb Seminar program. He also serves as liaison to the Office of Campus Life.

Mr. Prewitt has worked with students and faculty in developing a variety of academic programs, including Conversations, a student-directed academic enrichment program which brought to campus prominent scholars and thinkers, and the Lipscomb Seminar, a course required of all entering students, which serves as their introduction to the academic community. In 1997 he was awarded the university ‘s David Laine Memorial Travel Award, which he used to do research in modern poetry in Ireland and England.

Mr. Prewitt took his B.A. in English from Lipscomb (1976) and his M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Mississippi (1979). He may be contacted at 615.966.6121 or

Barbara Blackman
Barbara Blackman
Administrative Assistant
Mary Emily Bouldin
Executive Assistant
Kelley Graham
Coordinator for Academic IT and Projects
Katherine Manning
Administrative Assistant
Kathryn-Claire Watts
Program Coordinator Assistant