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To be a transformative, innovative leader in today’s world requires more than knowledge. You need the confidence, practical experiences, and most importantly, the integrity and heart to lead others toward a common goal and a better future. Lipscomb’s College of Leadership & Public Service is “Where Tennessee Turns for Leadership” by intentionally addressing local, national and global issues to prepare leaders to navigate, shape and steer the direction of matters affecting communities and people around the world. Our college is comprised of four institutes and one school, all of which focus on both outreach and academics. Through our distinctive approach to leadership and public service, built on a model of civil discourse, innovation and bold action, you will graduate ready to speak your mind and advocate for new ways to serve others. You will be ready to take immediate action that makes a lasting difference.
Be ready to affect change. Our undergraduate programs model the highest standards of professional practice, public service and community engagement. By choosing a discipline within our College of Leadership & Public Service, you will receive the specific skill sets, theoretical foundations and practical expertise that will prepare you to successfully live out your calling as a leader in communities around the world.View Undergraduate Programs
Our graduate programs in conflict management, leadership and public service, and sustainable practice offer experiential academics and skills that will help you succeed in serving the common good. We offer graduate awards in transit and mobility, education policy, diversity and inclusion, immigration, civil discourse and regional prosperity.View Graduate Programs
Meet the key people that make up the College of Leadership & Public Service.
Dean, College of Leadership and Public Service
Steve Joiner is the Dean of the College of Leadership and Public Service and Managing Director of the Institute for Conflict Management at Lipscomb University. Joiner also serves as Professor...Learn More
Director, Institute of Sustainable Practice Graduate Program
In the Fall of 2007, Professor Galbreath founded the Institute for Sustainable Practice, the Southeast's first, comprehensive, academic sustainability program. As the director of graduate programs in sustainability, he also...Learn More
Phyllis Hildreth joined the Institute for Conflict Management in May 2010 and now serves as Adjunct Professor for the institute. She also serves as Adjunct Professor for Lipscomb's Institute for...Learn More
Director, Institute of Sustainable Practice Undergraduate Program
With a M.S. in rural sociology and Ph.D. in forestry from Auburn University, Emily Stutzman joined the Institute for Sustainable Practice in January 2015 as our full-time Academic Director. She...Learn More
Director, Institute for Conflict Management
Matt Milligan moved to Middle Tennessee with his wife, Rachael, in 2002 when they began their work as house-parents at the Tennessee Children's Home in Spring Hill. Â After graduating from...Learn More
Director of Fred D. Gray Institute
Randy Spivey serves as the Academic Director of the Fred D. Grey Institute for Law, Justice & Society. Spivey began his legal career as a law clerk for Judge David...Learn More
Director, Leadership and Public Service
Academic Director at the institute is Michelle D. Steele. With more than 15 years experience working with governmental agencies, Steele served as director of Nashville's Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods for...Learn More
Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Public Policy
Turner holds a Distinguished Professorship in the College of Leadership and Public Service and is Counselor to the President at Lipscomb University on matters of diversity and strategic community engagement....Learn More
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Discuss and engage with current issues through the many academic and outreach opportunities offered by our College of Leadership & Public Service. Our programs also feature events and visits from national and international leaders related to the work of the college. This unique, creative engagement approach to undergraduate education will help prepare you for successful leadership, no matter what field you pursue.
Lipscomb’s College of Leadership & Public Service offers degree programs that will prepare you for a multitude of impactful, action-oriented careers from day one, including careers in policy, advocacy, elected offices, community engagement, corporate social responsibility and more.