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Our Vision for the Future

Lipscomb is established as a vital leader in Nashville and a servant across the world. But, for such a time as this, we are called to do more.

Perhaps now more than ever, our world needs a generation of leaders and problem solvers who are grounded in faith-driven values, who can respectfully and skillfully engage people, and who can be an inspire others in a number of different areas from business to the arts. 

The Board of Trustees is committed to ushering in a new era at Lipscomb. With Christ at the core, we seek to become a leading national Christian university as evidenced by the impact of our graduates, the quality of our students and faculty, and the strength of our institution. — David Solomon Chair, Lipscomb University Board of Trustees


Lipscomb’s upward trajectory, our location in America’s “it city,” and our commitment to living out the vision of our founders in the 21st Century, lead us to a vision that is big, it’s bold, and with your help it’s achievable.

It’s time to grow beyond our focus on Nashville and to fulfill our founder’s vision to be regarded as one of the great education institutions of the world.

Our vision now and far into the future is a Lipscomb University that serves as the premier national Christian university in the 21st Century.


To fulfill this vision, Lipscomb’s strategy is to focus on three priorities: A Best in Class Academic Program; A Transformative Student Experience; and A Model for Sustained Success.  

To reach those goals, our community will build the following:

  1. A Carnegie classified R3: doctoral level academic program that combines scholarly contributions with the best of undergraduate and graduate teaching and learning.
  2. A learning community made up of nationally recognized scholars, researchers, teachers, and students.
  3. A Christ-driven approach to solving society’s problems through thought leadership, community engagement, unparalleled service, strategic initiatives, and respectful dialogue.
  4. A multimodal education delivery system that includes an online, distance learning model for 10,000 non-traditional students over the next decade whose life stage demands value and convenience. 
  5. A global campus made up of international students studying in Nashville and other students studying abroad.
  6. A new endowed scholarship program that attracts the best and brightest students to Lipscomb.
  7. A remarkable student experience shaped by personal service, outstanding amenities, and life-changing relationships.  
  8. A recognizable 21st Century Christian emphasis tightly woven into all parts of the Lipscomb experience.
  9. A top Christian NCAA Division I athletic program in the nation.
  10. A healthy pluralistic environment that equips the Lipscomb community to overcome differences to make a difference.
  11. A sophisticated business model that fuels Lipscomb’s stability and success.
  12. Significant endowment growth that better positions Lipscomb to meet students' financial needs independent of challenges and changes with federal and state funding models.

Lipscomb University has a rich history.  In recent years, Lipscomb’s history has included tremendous growth coupled with notable success and numerous accolades.  That only matters, however, if those things result in the raising up of students to learn differently and lead uniquely through knowing Christ.

LipscombLEADS is about building on this success and commitment, which will result in Lipscomb becoming the premier Christian university in the nation.

It’s about raising the bar to create even more excellent academics.  It’s about raising the bar to create an unmatched experience for our students.  And it’s about raising the bar to put in place a sophisticated business model that ensures a solid foundation and sustainability for the future. 

LipscombLEADS is about attracting the best and brightest students and creating more opportunities for more students to experience Lipscomb. It’s about equipping our faculty and staff to be the best in the country. It’s about our connecting with our alumni across the country and around the world, and it’s about you.

You play a significant role in what makes Lipscomb special.

As we embark on this journey to make Lipscomb the premier national Christian university, we hope you will join us because we can’t make it happen without people like you.