State official Brent Culberson appointed director of neighborhood, community and government relations

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Lipscomb University has appointed Brent Culberson director of neighborhood, community and government relations at Lipscomb University.

Culberson_250Culberson comes to Lipscomb University from the State of Tennessee, where he was director of charitable solicitations, fantasy sports and gaming in the secretary of state’s office. In his new appointment at Lipscomb, Culberson will develop and manage the university’s strategy for strengthening its relationships with neighborhood, community and governmental leaders.

“Brent has extensive experience in government, higher education and in community involvement that gives him a unique perspective to lead this initiative for Lipscomb University,” said John Lowry, vice president for development and external affairs. “He will provide tremendous leadership as Lipscomb develops its downtown presence in the coming months.”

In his role with the state, Culberson was responsible for administering and enforcing the Tennessee Charitable Solicitations Act, the Nonprofit Gaming Law and the Catastrophic Illness Trust Act. As a member of the secretary of state’s senior management team, Culberson collaborated with members and staff of the Tennessee State General Assembly; cultivated relationships with nonprofits, foundations and government agencies; and oversaw the annual charitable solicitation registration process for nearly 14,000 organizations.

Prior to his state appointment, Culberson was a special assistant to Lipscomb President L. Randolph Lowry and was an instructor in the university’s Institute for Law, Justice & Society and its Institute for Conflict Management. In 2006, Culberson served as director of field operations for the Jim Bryson gubernatorial campaign, for which he coordinated planning, logistics and overall execution for the candidate’s three bus tours.

“My experience of being involved in campaigns, issue advocacy, government relations and my previous work with Lipscomb have all prepared me for this time,” said Culberson. “This is a dream job for me. I love telling the story of an organization that I believe in. I love Lipscomb, and I know what it did for me professionally, personally and spiritually. This is a great opportunity for me to use my experience and passion for this place to strengthen and build connectivity with our neighbors, this community and the government.”

A native of Nashville, Culberson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a Master of Arts degree in conflict management from Lipscomb University. Culberson and his wife, Katie, live in Nolensville and have two daughters, Lucy and Livi.