Welcome to my personal blog. Those of us in the academic environment are expected to do some thinking and writing, so I humbly offer my thoughts in a format that gives us a unique communication opportunity. While I do not pretend that my insight is all that special, I do have the perspective of one who is privileged to lead a growing higher education institution and engaged with many local and national organizations.
It is my hope that this blog will encourage you to share your thoughts as well. A significant aspect of any blog is response, and I will be appreciative of your contribution to our conversation. After many years in the field of conflict management, I strongly believe that dialogue—even among those who may not see the world the same way—is the key to building great communities.
I appreciate your interest and engagement!
Mar 31st Posted by L. Randolph Lowry
There has been a lot of media attention recently for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announced proposal to provide college classes to inmates while in prison. As a university president and a former law professor, I agree with the governor that education is a good investment in our neighbors and fellow human beings, and an effective method of addressing the problem of ex-offenders re-entering society. A recent RAND Corporation report states that inmates who participate...Read More
Feb 10th Posted by L. Randolph Lowry
Recently, as I took an early morning look at my i-Phone, I read the news flash that Pete Seeger had died. Most of the almost six thousand students I work with at Lipscomb University will have never heard of Pete Seeger—even though the news of his passing at age 94 may have flashed on their phones as well. But, even not knowing him, many students would have appreciated the spirit of his music and perhaps...Read More
Feb 04th Posted by L. Randolph Lowry
One could have been impressed with many aspects of President Barack Obama’s visit to Nashville last week. The security that is ever-present for a presidential visit, the students from McGavock High School who greeted him and hosted the event, the obvious pride of our community as he visited our city for the first time since his election six years ago and the energy that the president himself displayed during his brief appearance in Middle Tennessee....Read More
Jan 27th Posted by L. Randolph Lowry
Have you seen the billboards? In recent months those who live without God have been announcing their presence along interstates across the country. The messages are not confrontational or critical. They are well crafted and easy to connect with. They reflect the atheists among us and do so in a dignified way. Additionally, just before the Christmas holiday, a congregation of atheist announced their presence in Nashville. This worldwide group, founded in London, has established...Read More
Jan 17th Posted by L. Randolph Lowry
Historically, America has always been extremely good at “fixing” itself. I remember as a teenager watching televised news report of race riots in Washington, D.C., Vietnam protests and seeing smoke billow behind the Capitol dome from those street activities in the ‘60s. It was unsettling, but it triggered creative solutions that served the common good in race relations and other sensitive political issues. But I am unsettled again. Do we still have the stuff we...Read More