Student Life Deans & Staff

All bios are sorted alphabetically.

Matthew Abplanalp

Matthew Abplanalp

Director of Campus Rec

Matthew received his Bachelors of Science degree from Indiana University in Recreation Sports Management and his Master's in Math Education from Lipscomb University. Matthew is originally from Columbus, Indiana but has lived in the state of Tennessee since August of 2009. Matthew enjoys playing music, participating in sports, and making... [More]

Contact via email
615.966.1648 (ext. 1648)

Jake Burton

Jake Burton

Mentor

Jake is a native from Atlanta, GA and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Bible from Lipscomb in 2009. Jake joined the team to pioneer the new mentoring program called "The Joshua Project." [More]

Contact via email
615.966.1179 (ext. 1179)

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Cyrus Eaton

Male Campus Minister

Contact via email
615.966.1179 (ext. 1179)

Caroline Gallagher

Caroline Gallagher

Head Resident

Caroline joined the Residence Life team in July 2011 as the Residence Hall Director for Johnson Hall. Prior to this appointment, she was a Residence Assistant in Elam Hall for two years. Caroline graduated in May of 2012 from Lipscomb University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business.... [More]

Contact via email
615.966.1548 (ext. 1548)

April Herrington

April Herrington

Asst Dean and Dir of Vet Srvc

April Herrington is the VA Certifying Official at Lipscomb University. In this position, April provides assistance to Veteran students with responsibility for, but not limited to, recruitment and retention, advising and VA certifications. She also serves as the Staff Advisor for the Campus Veterans Organization where she facilitates national and... [More]

Contact via email
615.966.1013 (ext. 1013)

Susan Lee

Susan Lee

VA Certifying Official

Contact via email
615.966.1013 (ext. 1013)

Melissa Lowry

Melissa Lowry

Commuter Student Liaison

Melissa Lowry is Associate Director of Student Advocacy, serving as the campus life liaison for student retention. She assists in promoting student success, satisfaction and persistence for the undergraduate population. In 2009, Melissa started the Reclaim Tomorrow Center at Lipscomb University, which seeks to serve the Nashville community, providing career... [More]

Contact via email
615.966.5331 (ext. 5331)

Scott McDowell

Scott McDowell

Senior VP for Student Life

We know that the university experience includes much more than just classroom learning. Scott McDowell is passionate about creating meaningful opportunities for spiritual formation as well as a memorable campus life experience for students. As senior vice president for student life, McDowell oversees campus life, chapel, student activities, campus security... [More]

Contact via email
615.966.6057 (ext. 6057)

Kathy Meadows

Kathy Meadows

Executive Asst St Development

Kathy’s is one of the first faces you see when you enter the Office of Student Life. She and her husband Phil met at Freed-Hardeman University where she received an undergraduate degree in Communications. She later attended Murray State in Kentucky and received a degree in Broadcasting. Kathy joined the... [More]

Contact via email
615.966.6057 (ext. 6057)

Hannah Meeks

Hannah Meeks

Head Resident

Hannah graduated from Colorado Christian University in May of 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Global Studies with an emphasis in Leadership Studies. During her time as an undergraduate student, she was involved in Residence Life as a Resident Assistant, worked on the Student Body Government and founded a... [More]

Contact via email
615.966.1003 (ext. 1003)

Caroline Morris

Caroline Morris

Assistant Campus Minister

Contact via email
615.966.1797 (ext. 1797)

Louis Nelms

Louis Nelms

Student Activities Director

Contact via email
615.966.6084 (ext. 6084)

Sam Parnell

Sam Parnell

Associate Dean of Std Life

Sam obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations in 2004 and his Masters of Arts in Christian Studies in 2007 from Lipscomb University. He is currently enrolled at Tennessee State University working towards an Ed. D. in Higher Education Administration. Sam has worked in the Student Life office at... [More]

Contact via email
615.966.1635 (ext. 1635)

Josh Roberts

Josh Roberts

Dean of Student Development

Josh Roberts is dedicated to ensuring that students at Lipscomb find themselves in the most developmentally appropriate environment to make the transition from young adulthood to adulthood. Lipscomb takes an active role in student development by engaging with students to discover their created purpose and equip them for service as... [More]

Contact via email
615.966.6054 (ext. 6054)

Laurie Sain

Laurie Sain

Head Resident

Laurie has been part of the Residence Life team for fifteen years and the Residence Hall Director of Fanning Hall for the past eleven years. She graduated from Lipscomb University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2008. Laurie and her husband, Aaron, have been married for 29 years. They... [More]

Contact via email
615.966.1181 (ext. 1181)

Keela Smith

Keela Smith

Associate Dean of Std Life

Keela graduated in May 2011 from Lipscomb University with a Bachelor's degree in Communications. Keela joined the Campus Ministry team full-time in May, after working part-time as a Senior. Keela is the Chapel Coordinator and plans to pursue her Masters. [More]

Contact via email
615.966.7604 (ext. 7604)

Sam Smith

Sam Smith

Dean of Student Life

Prior to his work as the Associate Dean of Campus Life, Smith served as the Chapel Coordinator, Assistant Head Resident of High Rise, and Head Resident of Sewell Hall. He earned a B.A. and M.A. in Biblical studies from Lipscomb University and a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Union... [More]

Contact via email
615.966.5155 (ext. 5155)

Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Head Resident

Mike Smith has been the Residence Hall Director for High Rise since fall of 2000. He graduated from Lipscomb University in 1982 and received his MBA in 2004. Mike and his wife, Susan, have been married for 32 years and have two grown sons, Seth and Nathan. Mike and Susan... [More]

Contact via email
615.966.1331 (ext. 1331)

Lisa Steele

Lisa Steele

Asst Dean of Intercultural Aff

Contact via email
615.966.5210 (ext. 5210)

Monica Wentworth

Monica Wentworth

Director, Career Center

Monica has a Masters of Education and Bachelors degree in Finance from Lipscomb. She is passionate about helping students reach their full potential by focusing on their professional development. In the CDC, she works to connect students to employers and assist employers in their hiring needs. She has also worked... [More]

Contact via email
615.966.6296 (ext. 6296)

Allison West

Allison West

Career Development Coordinator

Allison serves as the Career Development Coordinator. After graduating from Lipscomb University in 2003, she continued her education and received a Master's degree of Counseling at Trevecca Nazarene University. She is currently pursuing licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor while seeing clients at AGAPE. She believes in the importance of... [More]

Contact via email
615.966.6295 (ext. 6295)

Jonathan Williams

Jonathan Williams

Residence Hall Director

Jonathan joined the Residence Life team in June of 2011 after graduating from Lipscomb University with a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Biology. While pursuing his degree, Jonathan represented Lipscomb as a student-athlete competing in both cross country and track and working as a Resident Assistant... [More]

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