Lipscomb University President L. Randolph Lowry was recently awarded the Otis Floyd Jr. Award for Excellence in Administration by the Tennessee College Public Relations Association (TCPRA). At the same annual awards event, the Office of University Communication and Marketing received six awards for excellence.
The Otis Floyd Jr. award is presented annually by the TCPRA which is an alliance that represents communicators of Tennessee's public and private colleges and universities, two-year technical schools, technology centers and community colleges.
The Award of Excellence recipient is a Tennessee higher education administrator who is recognized for superior achievement. Criteria for the award include innovation, leadership, vision and communication. This year’s award was presented at the organization’s spring conference May 20 at Chattanooga State Community College.
Lipscomb’s University Communication and Marketing team was also presented with six awards at the conference. These awards included:
• Alumni magazine category: Gold Award for Lipscomb NOW, Fall 2010 issue
• Alumni magazine category: Silver Award for Lipscomb NOW, Summer 2010 issue
• Brochure/flyer category: Silver Award for The Gala Brand Brochure
• Feature/news story/alumni article category: Gold Award for “Love Your Neighbor,” Lipscomb NOW, Fall 2010 issue
• Postcard/invitation category: Bronze Award for Summer Celebration 2011 Save the Date Postcard
• Special publication category: Silver Award for A David Story
Entries were submitted by public and private colleges and universities across Tennessee.
Otis Floyd Jr. was the first black chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents. TBR is the governing body of Pellissippi State, as well as 12 other community colleges, six universities and 26 technology centers in Tennessee. Floyd passed away in 1993, and TCPRA established the Otis Floyd Jr. Award for Excellence in Administration in his honor.
Not long after his arrival on the Lipscomb campus in September 2005, Dr. Lowry proposed Lipscomb 2010, a $54 million plan to dramatically advance Lipscomb's academic programs and to invest in new campus facilities. As a result of Lipscomb 2010, a College of Pharmacy was established creating the first Lipscomb doctorate degree, 38 new undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs were developed and six new institutes were established in conflict management; sustainable practice; law, justice and society; Christian spirituality; corporate governance and integrity; and civic leadership. This plan also included the renovation of several academic and residence buildings on campus, the building of a music wing and an apartment-style residence facility, among other initiatives. Under Dr. Lowry’s leadership, the university has experienced a 48 percent enrollment growth and has risen through the U.S. News & World Report rankings to an all-time high of 18th for the university.