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College of Leadership & Public Service


To be a transformative, innovative leader in today’s world, you have to have more than knowledge. You have to have the confidence, practical experiences, and most importantly, the integrity and heart to lead others into a better future. Lipscomb’s College of Leadership & Public Service intentionally addresses local, national and global issues to prepare you 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 unique approach to leadership and public service, built on a model of civil discourse, innovation and bold action, you will graduate ready to not only speak your mind and advocate for new ways to serve others — you will be ready to take immediate action that makes a lasting difference.

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Undergraduate Programs

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 and 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.

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Graduate 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.

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Leadership Tennessee

Each year, Lipscomb University hosts leaders from all over Tennessee as they gather to address the most pressing issues. Leadership Tennessee is committed to strengthening the state’s communities and the connection among leaders and engaged citizens. Through strategic dialogue and a balanced, pragmatic approach, its leaders seek to solve problems and work together to build a stronger Tennessee.

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Reaching the Community

The College of Leadership & Public Service provides a number of opportunities for you to not only get involved in organizations within the community, but also provide innovative solutions and compassionate action to problems affecting our city. We serve the region and nation by partnering with national leaders, providing citizen education, offering conflict management training, and much more.


Meet the key people that make up the College of Leadership & Public Service.

  • Steve Joiner

    Steve Joiner

    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...

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  • G. Dodd Galbreath

    Dodd Galbreath

    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. His courses include Earth systems, water management, renewable energy, and...

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  • Phyllis Hildreth

    Phyllis Hildreth

    Associate Professor

    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...

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  • Emily Stutzman Jones

    Emily Jones

    Director, Institute of Sustainable Practice

    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...

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  • Linda Peek Schacht

    Linda Schacht

    Associate Professor

    From Fortune 500 Board Rooms to the White House, Linda Peek Schacht has advised government, business, and non-profit leaders on communication and strategy over a four-decade career. She has held...

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  • Randy Spivey

    Randy Spivey

    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...

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  • Michelle Steele

    Michelle Steele

    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...

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  • William Turner

    William Turner

    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....

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Undergraduate Programs

Discuss and engage with current issues through the many academic and outreach opportunities offered by our College of Leadership and 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.

Graduate Programs

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.