Scholar in Residence


Wednesday April 2:

“Resilience: In My Own Words” - Terry Waite, hosted by Lipscomb University President Randy Lowry - 7:00 a.m. Networking; Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. - 3rd Floor of the Ezell Center at Lipscomb

Thursday, April 3:

“Reconciliation: In My Own Words" A Faith Leaders' Discussion - Terry Waite hosted by Ken Durham, Batsell Barrett Baxter Chair of Preaching at Lipscomb University - 8:00 a.m. Networking; Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. in Shamblin Theater/Bennett Center at Lipscomb


Thursday, April 3:

“No Regrets:  In My Own Words” - Terry Waite, Guest Lecturer for Lipscomb University Chapel Service  - 10:55 a.m. Public Program in Allen Arena

Friday, April 4

Exclusive Opportunity for ICM Alumni and Current Students Only:  Graduate Academic Course #6103-99 Apology & Reconciliation  - 8:00 a.m. Networking; Course Gallery from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., Ezell Center, room 363



In September 2013, ICM launches a new chapter in the advancement of study and research in conflict management at Lipscomb University.  As the institute’s first ever Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Terry Waite will work throughout the 2013-2014 academic year providing insight, research review, student support and writings for the community, students and alumni of the Institute.    The Scholar-in-Residence program is made possible through an extraordinary gift of endowment from an advocate and student of graduate study in conflict management, and will continue with a new Scholar each academic year.   


Terry Waite has led a remarkable life as a diplomat and a humanitarian. A world-renowned agent of peace, he is a testament to the power and resilience of the human spirit. Long devoted to humanitarian causes, inter-cultural relations, and conflict resolution, Waite garnered international recognition in the 1980s when, serving as a special envoy to the Archbishop of Canterbury, he successfully negotiated the release of hostages in Iran and Libya. In 1987, while negotiating the release of hostages in Beirut, Waite was himself taken hostage.  In captivity for 1,763 days (four years of which were in solitary confinement), he was chained to a wall, often left in darkness, beaten and subjected to mock executions. In his lectures, Waite gives audiences a perspective of world affairs founded on open communication, cooperation and a deep understanding of diverse cultures. There has been a particular interest   in the lectures he has delivered relating his experiences as a negotiator and hostage to the pressures faced by executives and managers. Stress, loneliness and negotiating under acute pressure are but some of the issues with which he has unique experience, and his ability to communicate clearly and with a good humor has placed him in constant demand as a speaker not only to the business community, but also to professionals in social work, education, medicine, and religious groups.


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Scholar in Residence



  • Doctor h.c. Yale University Divinity School (1992)
  • Doctor of International Law h.c. and Honorary Chancellor, Florida Southern University (1992)
  • Honorary L.H.D. (Wittenburg University (1992)
  • Templeton UK award
  • BBC Man of the Year (1985)
  • Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) (1992)
  • Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) (1982)