Steve Flatt, a Lipscomb University graduate, began his tenure as Lipscomb’s president in 1997. By the time he left office in 2005, after being named senior vice president for development at National HealthCare Corporation, he had brought to reality his plans for a stronger university. Under his leadership, Lipscomb’s academic departments were reorganized into five colleges, and the Raymond B. Jones School of Engineering and the Lipscomb/Vanderbilt Nursing Partnership were established. He also transitioned the athletic department from the NAIA to the NCAA Division I ranking.
During his tenure as president, the curriculum and degree expansions at Lipscomb included a master of business administration, a master of divinity, bachelor of science degrees in computer engineering and engineering mechanics, and a bachelor of science degree in nursing. The study abroad program added three locations to their schedule. Other accomplishments during his tenure include the creation of an Office of Multicultural Affairs and the establishment of four competency centers—the Center for Leadership Excellence, Center for Character Development, Center for International Peace and Justice, and the Center for Spiritual Renewal. Campus enhancements during this time include the construction of the 5,000-seat Allen Arena, a parking garage, 148-bed addition to Johnson Hall, a major renovation to the Bennett Campus Center, several dormitory renovations, and the beginning of construction on the Ezell Center.
Flatt began his career with Lipscomb in 1977 as assistant to the vice president. He also served as director of admissions, vice president/business affairs and vice president/institutional planning. From 1986-1990, he also served as president of Ezell-Harding Christian School and was the minister of Madison Church of Christ from 1986-1997. He currently serves as the president of National HealthCare Corporation, but remains very active with the university.