L. Randolph Lowry III

L. Randolph Lowry IIIPresident

Connecting the university to the Nashville community and beyond is a hallmark of L. Randolph Lowry’s presidency at Lipscomb University. He views the city of Nashville as the university’s campus and the world as its classroom.

Since his arrival on campus as the university’s 17th president in September 2005, Lowry has led the Lipscomb community through a period of tremendous growth.

With its growth in recent years, Lipscomb is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the Southeast. It is recognized for its quality in education and faculty, a student population of more than 4,500 that leads in academics, sports and community service, and a commitment to its faith-based roots that is as strong today as it was when it opened its doors more than 120 years ago. Most important for Lowry, is positioning Lipscomb as a leader in education, preparing students for not just what lies around the corner, but for what is happening at all corners of the world. 

Lowry has also guided the institution through physical and financial growth. He successfully led the Lipscomb 2010 initiative, a $54 million plan that dramatically advanced the institution’s academic programs and campus facilities, including establishing Middle Tennessee’s first College of Pharmacy. He also launched seven institutes designed to not only offer academic programs but to also serve the community through their programs and services. Recently, Lowry announced Lipscomb:Next, an initiative to invest $125 million by the university’s 125th anniversary in 2016. Under Lowry’s leadership, the university has experienced a 81 percent enrollment growth.

In addition to his reputation for education innovation, Lowry is also one of the nation’s leading experts in the dispute resolution field. He has been featured in a variety of national media outlets including CNN, Bloomberg Businessweek, Huffington Post and Washington Monthly as a conflict management expert. He has received numerous accolades for his leadership including being named “Most Admired CEO” by the Nashville Business Journal.

Lowry himself is no stranger to service or making an impact. He received his Juris Doctorate from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., and joined the law school faculty at Pepperdine University in 1986. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from Pepperdine. Lowry is an annual visiting professor at Vermont Law School and the City University of Hong Kong, and has taught in China, Australia and Italy. His consulting and training practice has included work in the Netherlands, India and Argentina.

For more than 20 years, Lowry has been one of the nation’s leaders in the dispute resolution field and is one of the country's most sought-after speakers on those subjects. After establishing an innovative program at Willamette University School of Law in Salem, Ore. he founded the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. The Straus Institute has been named the number one graduate program of its kind for eight consecutive years, achieving the number one ranking in 11 of the last 16 years by U.S. News & World Report. In 2004, he formalized his longstanding consulting and training practice into the firm now called Strategic Resolutions Group, LLC. A lawyer, mediator, author, consultant and teacher, he has served clients in conflict management consulting, systems design and training in more than 40 states and on six continents.

Beyond campus duties, Lowry is heavily involved in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee community. He is a member of the Agenda for Nashville's Future, the Rotary Club of Nashville and the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s executive committee. He co-chaired the Nashville Mayor’s Green Ribbon Committee and he serves on the boards of a variety of community organizations including United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, the American Heart Association and the leadership council for the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership. He was also a member of the 2007 class of Leadership Nashville.  

Lowry was born in Oregon. He and his wife, Rhonda, are proud to call Nashville and Lipscomb home. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.