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Candice McQueen

Presidential Inauguration


President Candice McQueen

March 28-30, 2022

Inauguration Celebration: March 28-30, 2022

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The Lipscomb community celebrates the inauguration of Dr. Candice McQueen as the university's 18th president.

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A variety of exciting activities and events took place during inauguration week.

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Ceremony Recording

View the full inauguration ceremony as President McQueen is honored as Lipscomb's 18th President.

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Magnify Your Light

"I’m thrilled to be part of this community again and to serve and to partner with you as we continue to be a light and a beacon to all of those around us." — Dr. Candice McQueen

Office of the President
Dr. McQueen with students

About President McQueen

Before stepping into her role as Lipscomb's president, Dr. McQueen served as Tennessee commissioner of education under former Gov. Bill Haslam and most recently as CEO of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching. Before becoming the state’s top education official, McQueen served Lipscomb University as senior vice president and dean of the university’s College of Education.

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President McQueen on stage

Strategic Vision

As Lipscomb University celebrates 130 years of Christ-centered education, pre-Planning is underway for Lipscomb Impact 360. Lipscomb Impact 360 is Lipscomb's new strategic vision and plan including the university’s vision, mission, values, goals, related strategies, implementation, and measurement.

Lipscomb Impact 360

Plan Your Trip

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Hotels and Accommodations

Stay on campus and get the VIP treatment. Or, check out one of our partner hotels.

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Two young women students with Five Daughters Donuts

Widely hailed as a cultural hub, Nashville is gaining recognition for its diverse food and drink offerings — even locals struggle to keep up with the first-rate restaurants that seem to be opening in Nashville daily. From specialty tacos to the city’s latest staple, hot chicken, there’s always something new to try.

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Nashville boasts the strongest concentration of the music industry in America, and our arts scene is thriving! Dozens of concert halls, venues, theaters, museums and galleries surround Lipscomb’s campus, promising you’ll always have something to see, hear or do.

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Symposium Videos

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Be A Light in the Public Square

In this panel, participants share their own experiences serving faithfully in the public square and encourage attendees to consider how they can answer this calling in their own communities.

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Education Panel

Be A Light in Education

This panel discusses how educators can "be a light" in the classroom and impact the lives of students for generations to come.

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Healing Presence Panel

Be A Light through Healing Presence

This panel explores how Lipscomb University's College of Pharmacy and Health Science engages with community health partners to advance healthcare in Nashville and the region.

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Imagine House Panel

Imagine House: Igniting the Light of the Next Generation of Storytellers

This panel introduces Imagine House and its mission to provide a new educational experience, revolutionizing arts training and preparing the next generation of believers to "be a light" in the entertainment industry.

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Business Panel

Not Business As Usual: Being a Light in the Marketplace

Panelists will demonstrate what "being a light" in the marketplace can look like in corporate, financial, and entrepreneurial spheres of business.

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News and Updates

'Be A Light' theme of McQueen inauguration and community celebration

Highlights from President McQueen's inauguration and celebration as she introduces her "Be a Light" theme.

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Former Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen appointed 18th president of Lipscomb University

Former dean returns to Lipscomb after leading state education department, national education nonprofit.

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President McQueen’s First Days in Office, Told by Images

Lipscomb Now followed Dr. McQueen on Sept. 7, 2021, and captured moments throughout the day.

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