Nelson & Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership

At Lipscomb, we believe that civic leaders are not born, they’re made. Innate ability counts, yes, but not as much as knowledge and experience. For a community to function well and grow, it needs guidance, planning, and plain old effort. It needs a compass to steer by and a light to look up to—that’s what civic leadership is.


Attention emerging and current leaders from the private, public and nonprofit sectors: The Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership launches students who launch civic change. Built on the legacy of one of Nashville's most influential leaders, the institute delivers on the dual promise of community impact through its unique master's program and individual leadership development.

Graduate Programs

The institute offers a master’s degree in Civic Leadership, one of two in the nation. You’ll study a wide range of practices and philosophies that promote vibrant communities—public policy, philanthropic efforts, urban planning, and more. So that nothing stands in your way, you can complete coursework through evening and weekend classes.

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Nelson And Sue Andrews Institute For Civic Leadership