Office of the Provost Team
The Office of the Provost oversees the creation and execution of academic policies and procedures and has extensive responsibility for academic, student and faculty affairs as the leader of academic life at Lipscomb University.
Jennifer Shewmaker, Provost
Provost Jennifer Shewmaker is Lipscomb University's chief academic officer, overseeing academic programs and initiatives. She sets and implements strategic goals to enhance academic quality, working closely with faculty, staff, and administrators. Provost Shewmaker improves curriculum, teaching, and inclusivity, collaborating with departments for faculty development, research, and student success. She shapes the academic vision, maintains standards, and fosters an intellectual community.
ProvostOffice@lipscomb.edu | 615.966.1789
Randy Bouldin, Special Advisor to the Provost and President
With 17 years of experience as a Vice Provost, Randy Bouldin brings extensive knowledge and expertise to his role. He oversees curriculum development, faculty recruitment, accreditation processes, and strategic planning. With deep understanding and strong leadership skills, he provides insightful guidance in complex challenges. Dr. Randy Bouldin is a trusted advisor to the Provost and President, contributing significantly to the institution's success.
Randy.Bouldin@lipscomb.edu | 615.966.5711
Trace Hebert, Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies
Contact Trace with questions related to the Office of Research and Grants, graduate studies, Doctor of Education Program, Ph.D. in Leadership and Policy Studies Program.
Tracey.Hebert@lipscomb.edu | 615.966.5325
Rick Holaway, Associate Provost of Graduate Enrollment and Support
Contact Rick with questions regarding graduate recruitment and enrollment: creating, implementing and proactively evaluating enrollment management strategies that reflect the University’s mission, goals, and strategic plan; ensuring effective and consistent image and branding initiatives across platforms; evaluating the market need for new program ideas; the development of partnerships with external or internal constituents.
Rick.Holaway@lipscomb.edu | 615.966.6133
Catherine Terry, Vice Provost for Academic Strategy, Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation
Contact Catherine with questions related to SEDONA, REDCap, faculty evaluation plan, program accreditation, SACSCOC guidance, academic policies, CTL, program review, CIPs, New Student Orientation, Summer Scholars, faculty qqualifications and justifications, THEC.
Catherine.Terry@lipscomb.edu | 615.966.1964
Florah Mhlanga, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Contact Florah with questions related to undergraduate policies and processes, General Education or The Liberal Arts Core, Student Scholars Symposium, Honors College, the Ward Society, and research programs for Undergraduate students.
Florah.Mhlanga@lipscomb.edu | 615.966.6619
Rebecca Johns, Director of Academic Finance
Rebecca.Johns@lipscomb.edu | 615.966.5201
Emily Smith, Assistant Provost for Online Learning
Contact Emily with questions related to remote or online learning.
Emily.Smith@lipscomb.edu | 615.966.1110
Naomi Lutz, Administrative Assistant and Academic Event Coordinator
Contact Naomi with questions related to academic event planning, including graduation, academic awards, Provost Breakfast.
Naomi.Lutz@lipscomb.edu | 615.966.5804
Abby Bell, Executive Assistant
Contact Abby if you need assistance with the following: scheduling a meeting with the Provost or use of the Provost Conference Room; faculty questions related to load, overload, hiring, contracts; questions around faculty awards and sabbaticals; questions about academic events or speakers that require the Provost’s approval; academic information that needs to be distributed to the entire faculty.
Abby.Bell@lipscomb.edu | 615.966.1789
Barbara Blackman, Administrative Assistant Coordinator
Contact Barbara if you have questions related to the Academic Catalog, Graduate Handbook, Faculty Handbook, UAC or GAC meetings.
Barbara.Blackman@lipscomb.edu | 615.966.6287