Joseph M. Ivey

Joe Ivey serves as a Clinical Professor of Management at Lipscomb University and as Executive Director of the Lipscomb Center for Entrepreneurship. His teaching interests focus on entrepreneurship, business strategy, strategic execution and creating value for both the firm and its customers. He recently concluded five years as Sr. Vice President for Advancement at Lipscomb. In this role he was responsible for leading several key areas of university operations, including Admissions, Alumni Relations, Communication and Creative Services, Development, and Marketing.

A native of Kosciusko, Miss., Ivey held several executive positions with a regional, family-owned construction company that he and partners eventually purchased in 1990. Under his leadership, revenue tripled and profitability increased ten-fold. After selling the business in 1998, he served as president and chief executive officer of the purchasing company and its successor, a Texas-based Fortune 500 and NYSE-listed facility services company with over $4 billion in revenue and more than 32,000 employees. After leaving that position in 2002, he led a private investment partnership that invested in and managed a portfolio of marketable securities and private businesses. He has also served as a consultant to non-profit organizations and corporations.

Currently, in addition to his work at Lipscomb, he is the Chairman of the Board of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. He also serves as Chairman of the Citizens’ Steering Committee for the Tennessee Prayer Breakfast. He is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Nashville and represented higher education on the 2007 Nashville Trade Mission to China. He is a former Board member of the International Business Council of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Christian Community Services, Inc. in Nashville, and the Mays Business School Executive MBA Advisory Council at Texas A&M. He is a former national chairman of the Associated Builders and Contractors, and was chosen “Contractor of the Year” by the organization in 1996. He is also a founding trustee and former chair of the Board of Trustees for the National Center for Construction Education and Research based at the University of Florida. He is a member of the inaugural class of Mississippi’s “Top 40 Under 40” and has spoken to business and faith-based groups in 40 states.

Ivey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Freed-Hardeman University and the Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University. He holds an honorary Doctor of Laws degree (LL.D) from Freed-Hardeman University, where he served as chair of the Board of Trustees.

He and his wife, Malinda, have three children and three grandchildren.