Lifelong Learning Faculty

Turney Stevens
Graduate Professor of Business at Lipscomb University
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Who better to lead a trip to the birthplace of the Renaissance than our own renaissance man? In a 40 year career, Lipscomb alum Turney Stevens has been an investment banker, an entrepreneur and investor, and since 2008 a professor in the College of Business at Lipscomb and, for six years, the dean of the College. Today, he serves as Dean Emeritus while teaching graduate business ethics classes, directing the Hilton and Sallie Dean Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity, and working with the University's Advancement team. He and Ann have been married for 34 years and are veteran world travelers with a very special love for all things Italian. They look forward to sharing their love of Italian life and culture both in the class this fall and on the trip to Florence next spring.

Scott Sager
Lipscomb University Vice PresidentHeadshot Scott Sager
Church Services
Scott Sager became vice president of church services at Lipscomb University after 15 years as pulpit minister for the Preston Road Church of Christ in Dallas . Sager received his doctorate from SMU while focusing upon evangelism and mission in the local church. With an undergraduate degree in business, he worked with church leaders to create innovative and entrepreneurial ministries for the local church. His DMin project founded Christ’s Family Ministries, a fully functioning health clinic serving the working poor located in the Preston Road building. Involving about 15 doctors, the clinic provides a medical home for almost 400 area workers. Scott worked in the inner-city of Dallas and was an important ally in the growth of Central Dallas Ministries as the largest food pantry in Dallas. He also helped to found New Friends, New Life (a ministry to women leaving the sexual entertainment industry) and is on the board of the Christian Relief Fund, where his focus is on supporting AIDS orphans in Africa.
Sager holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Abilene Christian University as well as a doctorate of ministry from Southern Methodist University. He and his wife, Suzanne, have two children, Anna and Will. You may contact Scott at  or 615.966.5156

Dr. Dennis Loyd
Lipscomb University Retired Faculty
Dennis Loyd, retired professor of English at Lipscomb University, has taught in the Lifelong Learning program since its beginning. A specialist in American literature, he has taught such classes as Revolutionary War Literature, Civil War Literature, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Tennessee Literature, Nashville Writers, William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor. This class will focus on the short stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne, best known for his use of Puritan America as subject matter and his use of symbolism as a developing technique. Dr. Loyd is a graduate of David Lipscomb College and holds the Ph.D. from George Peabody College for Teachers.

Kim Cross Teter
Kimberly Cross Teter is a teacher and traveler by nature and a writer by happy choice. She has degrees in education and English from West Texas A&M University and has taught students from preschool to college. Kim completed her YA historical novel, Isabella’s Libretto, while enrolled in MTSU Write, a low-residency creative writing program. Since the publication of Isabella’s Libretto, Kim has had the thrill of traveling throughout the Southeast to speak at literary festivals, conferences, and special events. 
Kim is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Historical Novel Society. She lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with a wonderful husband and two feisty canine kids.  She also has three grown human kids who have brought her immeasurable happiness—and two grandbabies! To learn more about Kim, please visit

Andy Lane
Lipscomb University Associate Athletic Director for Development, Author
Andy Lane serves as Associate Athletic Director for Development where he is responsible for all Athletic Development initiatives including the oversight of the Athletic portion of Lipscomb's current development campaign, Lipscomb Next 2016. Andy has been a consistent face around Lipscomb and the Nashville sports community for many years. A 1987 graduate of Lipscomb, Andy is in his 25th year working with the Lipscomb Department of Athletics. Andy is also a writer and through his wonderful Children’s Historical Book a Nashville jewel is awakened! Glendale Park was once an exciting, popular zoo and amusement park in Nashville, Tennessee. After moving to the Glendale Park neighborhood, Andy Lane fell in love with Glendale Park while listening to his older neighbors share stories about the park and zoo from their childhood.  And so, an author is born.

Alana White
Alana White's passion for Renaissance Italy has taken her to Florence on numerous occasions.  There along cobbled streets unchanged over the centuries, she traces her characters' footsteps and listens to their imagined voices.  Since the publication of her debut historical mystery novel, The Sign of the Weeping Virgin, Alana has enjoyed entertaining audiences at both national and local events.  She holds a B.A. and an M. A. in Literature from Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green.  A longtime member of the Women's National Book Association, the Historical Novel Society, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, she lives in Nashville with her husband and their feisty Schnauzer-Boy.  Visit her at

Elizabeth Cokerheadshot Elizabeth coker
Local Historian and Public Speaker
Mrs. Elizabeth Buntin Coker is a 1982 graduate of Union University, and the winner of the Tigrett Medal as outstanding graduate of her class. She attended the Universidad de Complutense in Madrid Spain as a Rotary International scholar and the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain, where she studied journalism, linguistics and international communications. After college, she worked for several media outlets including ESPN, Turner Broadcasting, and area ABC and PBS affiliate television stations. She was a media coordinator for the State of Tennessee in the Department of Economic and Community Development from 1990 to 1996 and then pursued some independent documentary ventures.
Mrs. Coker is a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and other historical preservation organizations, and has been involved with various local  historical preservation organizations such as Belle Meade Plantation, Rippavilla, the Carter House, and Traveler's Rest. She is currently the featured host of a weekly lecture series at the Battle of Nashville Monument each Tuesday at noon. She portrays twelve ladies of historic significance from Nashville and Middle Tennessee: Granny White, Sarah Childress Polk, Mary Overton, Adelicia Acklen, Rachel Donelson Jackson, Mary Kate Patterson, Elizabeth Harding, Mary Bradford, Fannie Battle, Martha O'Brian, Antoinette Polk and Mary Montgomery Forrest.

Linda P. Schacht
College of Leadership and Public Service Lipscomb UniversityHeadshot Linda Peek Schacht

Linda Peek Schacht is leader in residence, associate professor of practice and strategic advisor to the dean in Lipscomb’s College of Leadership and Public Service. She also is the founding director of the Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership, now a part of the new College.
For forty years, she has advised government, business and non-profit leaders on communication and strategy. A veteran of the Carter White House press office, she has held the top communication positions for a national Presidential campaign, USA Today, the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate and the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.
Linda spent over a decade at The Coca-Cola Company in New York and Atlanta, serving three Chairmen and retiring as Vice President, Global Communications and Public Affairs Strategy. In addition to her media, public relations and corporate communications responsibilities, she represented the company at the World Economic Forum and oversaw research on the economic and public affairs impact of the company’s global investments, helping shape the emerging corporate social responsibility movement.
In 2002, Linda began her encore career in education as a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she was affiliated with both the Center for Public Leadership and the Center for Business and Government. For the next four years, her workshops and research focused on leadership and communication. Concurrently, from 2004- 2008, Linda was the interim chair of the political and organizational communication department at Emerson College in Boston.
The academic and community programs of the Andrews Institute, which she launched as its first executive director in 2010, reflect her commitment to developing leaders for the common good at every stage of their careers. She has advised emerging, mid-career, and veteran leaders in both
the Master’s in Civic Leadership program, in the Cable Executive Leadership Academy, and as adviser to the women’s leadership cluster for Cab!e. Linda has produced leadership training for Nashville Neighborhood leaders through the Office of the Mayor and for high school girls through Music City Girls Lead! She currently advises the Tennessee Accelerated Leadership Institute (emerging leaders), is a coach and presenter for LEAD Tennessee, the state’s award- winning leadership development initiative, and is a frequent presenter for Commissioner Leadership Institutes and the League of Cities.
Linda is a former Woodrow Wilson teaching fellow and a long-time board member of the International Women’s Media Foundation where she helped develop leadership training for women in media around the world. She is a board member of Athena International; Fifty Forward; Rock the Street Wall Street; and Centerstone Military Services. Since 2013, she has directed the Fellows program for the Global Action Summit. A frequent speaker and commentator on leadership, communication, and, in election years, politics, she is the recipient of three lifetime achievement awards for her career and her work in leadership development for women and girls: the 2012 NBJ Women of Influence Trailblazer award, the 2014 Athena Award, and the YWCA’s 2015 AWA award. She is a graduate of Lipscomb University and The Ohio State University.

John Parker
Retired Lipscomb University English Professor
Dr. John, Lipscomb professor of British literature is a veteran teacher and traveler abroad, having been faculty and host for three university Global learning terms in Vienna and London and having made several scholarly, spiritual, and personal journeys in Britain and Western Europe. A specialist in Shakespeare and the classic Christian hymns, John in 2008 traveled to hymn sites throughout England with Irish photographer Dr. Paul Seawright. In 2009 they co-authored Abide with Me: a Photographic Journey Through Great British Hymns (

Phil Ellenburg
Vice President of Alumni Relations
For more than 20 years, Phil Ellenburg has been a part of Lipscomb University’s administrative team. Ellenburg joined the university staff in January 1994, serving as general counsel and overseeing the university’s legal affairs, risk management, campus safety and government relations programs. In addition to his work with the campus master plan and the Industrial Revenue Bonds, Ellenburg is credited with assisting the university and Lipscomb Academy in developing a number of capital projects, creating the Office of Risk Management, significantly upgrading the university’s emergency preparedness and response plan, and navigating the legal aspect of the university athletics program’s transition from NAIA to NCAA competition among other accomplishments.
In February 2013, Ellenburg was appointed president of Middle Tennessee Christian School (MTCS), a preK-12 school affiliated with the Churches of Christ located in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Ellenburg returned to Lipscomb in January 2016 as vice president for alumni relations.
A native of Merritt Island, Fla., Ellenburg earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Lipscomb University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky. Prior to his tenure at Lipscomb, Ellenburg practiced in the Nashville firm of Watkins, McGugin, McNeilly & Rowan. He is a member of the Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations, as well as the National Association for College and University Attorneys. He is admitted to practice before all courts in Tennessee, the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. Supreme Court and is a frequent speaker on general legal matters facing primary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education.

Fred Frawley
Folklorist and Minstrel
Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education - Florence State College; Master of Arts, Guidance & Counseling - University of North Alabama; Doctor of Education, Educational Administration - Tennessee State University
(1968-1984)  Officer, United States Army, Command and Staff Assignments with Military Units in the U.S. and World Wide
(1984-1988)  Director of Army Officer Education, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
(1988-1994)  Counseling Coordinator, Franklin Road Academy, Nashville, TN
(1994-2003)  Middle School Principal, Franklin Road Academy, Nashville, TN
(2003-2011)  Director of Learning Services and Assistant Elementary Principal, Franklin Road Academy
Licensure & Certification:
Tennessee Professional Administrator License (K-12)
Tennessee Teacher License (Elementary Grades 1-8)
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
American Counseling Association
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)
Military Officers Association of America
National Association of Elementary School Principals
National Board for Certified Counselors
National Storytelling Network

John Bridges
Local Musician and HistorianHeadshot John Bridges
John Bridges is a musician, historian, author and classic car collector.  After spending two years as an officer in the U. S. Army, Bridges completed his coursework and was awarded a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee.  He joined Aladdin Industries in Nashville,Tennessee eventually rising from project engineer to Corporate Vice-President. He has been awarded over 100 patents for his inventions.  Over the years, John has performed with a number of musical groups playing everything from country to rock and roll. He has written and published four books, the two latest are historical novels set in the 1860s.

Kem Hinton,
Principal FAIA, LEED Accredited Professional, Tuck-Hinton Architects
Kem Hinton, FAIA, is a founding partner with Seab Tuck in Tuck-Hinton Architects. Established in 1984, the firm has become one of the most highly respected design studios in the region. Kem is a design principal and works directly with clients to formulate effective and successful solutions for their planning and building needs. He is particularly interested in place making that is appropriate, effective, compelling, symbolic, and memorable. Kem received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee in 1977 and his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and worked briefly with the distinguished Philadelphia firm of Venturi & Scott Brown. Kem holds membership in the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, is licensed throughout the Southeast, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. In addition to professional affiliations, he is active with numerous civic and community organizations, notably Leadership Nashville.  For outstanding creativity, Kem and his firm have garnished an impressive collection of national and regional design awards. He received a Fellowship Artist Award from the Tennessee Arts Commission and was recognized by Progressive Architecture and the Architectural League of New York. Kem was lead designer of the Tennessee Bicentennial Capitol Mall in Nashville, and composed a book documenting the monumental endeavor entitled A Long Path: The Search for a Bicentennial Landmark. In recognition of design excellence and professional accomplishments, Kem was elected in 1998 to the prestigious AIA College of Fellows. In 2004 he was selected as a Peer Professional in the GSA National Design Excellence Program. His outside interests include drawing, photography, history, and hiking.
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Tennessee, 1977
Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, 1981
Ecole des Beaux arts, Paris, summer program, 1981
Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Visual Artist Fellowship, 1987
LEED Accredited Professional

Tom Riley
Development Officer and Outreach Director, Bible & Ministry

Larry Brown
Ph.D. in Theatre, with emphasis in Dramatic Studies