As vice president of student life, Sturgeon oversees all the student life functions outside the classroom which include: campus ministry, chapel, student activities, campus security, veteran services, residence life, intercultural development, freshmen orientation, campus recreation, intramurals and the Career Development Center among other responsibilities.
Sturgeon is a seasoned higher education veteran and has served in a variety of roles at Pepperdine that gives him a unique perspective for his work in student life at Lipscomb University. At Pepperdine, Sturgeon served as a professor in the law school, as director of academic success, assistant dean for student life, dean of students and dean of graduate programs. He began his career as a high school teacher and coach in Arkansas.
A native of Arkansas, Sturgeon has a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Arkansas and a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law. Sturgeon and his wife, Jody, also a veteran of higher education, have two grown daughters, Erica and Hillary.