Lipscomb faculty and administrators recognized for excellence, expertise in 2010

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University Administration

President Lowry featured in national media

In December, President L. Randolph Lowry was interviewed by several national media outlets due to his lifelong experience as a conflict mediator. Click here for video.
On Tuesday, Jan. 4, on CNN Lowry was interviewed about compromise and conflict management between President Obama and the newly seated Congress. In the Wednesday, Jan. 5, edition of the Washington Examiner , Lowry commented on the art of compromise in an article about President Obama working with Republicans on Capitol Hill. The Washington Examiner is a newspaper that covers news around Washington, D.C. and its suburbs in Virginia and Maryland.
In addition, Lowry was one of seven Middle Tennesseans featured by The Tennessean in its Christmas Day edition as a peacemaker. The article focuses on his ability to find common ground through listening, communication and understanding. "Peace is not the absence of conflict," he said. "Peace is that ability to deal with conflict."
Other administrators honored

Danny Taylor, senior vice president for finance and administration, was named 2010 CFO of the year for a nonprofit organization by the Nashville Business Journal in October. Taylor was selected from among five finalists representing other Nashville nonprofits including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville Electric Service, Brightstone Inc. and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Taylor was appointed as Lipscomb’s chief financial officer in November 2000, and has been at our financial helm during a period of tremendous growth. During his decade-long tenure, the university grew more than at any time in its previous
110 years. More…
Kathy Hargis, director of risk management, has been inducted as the secretary for the University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA). The association is an international nonprofit advancing effective risk management principles and practices in institutions of higher education.


College of Arts and Sciences
School of Communication and Social Sciences
Associate Professor of Communication Jimmy McCollum has been invited to serve on the inaugural Tennessean Advisory Board, a new group of community members selected to advise the editorial leadership of The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville. The newspaper worked to find Nashvillians who are deeply invested in the Nashville area and are well-familiar with the Tennessean newspaper and website.
Craig Carroll, chair of communication and journalism, has been elected chair of the public relations division of the International Communication Association, one of the largest academic associations in the field of communication. In addition, Corporate Reputation and the News Media, edited by Carroll, was recently published by Routledge Press. The book examines agenda-setting theory as it applies to the news media’s influence on corporate reputation. It presents interdisciplinary, international and empirical investigations examining the relationship between corporate reputation and the news media throughout the world.
Click here to see more on Corporate Reputation and the News Media.
The Department of Communication and Journalism executive-in-residence Debi Taylor Tate participated in an Alliance for Women in Media Foundation’s conference “Honoring the Women of the FCC: Past and Present.” Tate, an FCC commissioner from 2006 to 2009, taught communication law in the fall 2010 semester. The conference, held in Washington D.C. in November, was also sponsored by the American University’s Women & Politics Institute.
In August, Dale Alden, assistant professor of psychology in the graduate counseling program, was interviewed by Fox News discussing sleep research showing that therapy can help people suffering from intense nightmares turn their dreams into more pleasant experiences. The interview on Fox’s Saturday, July 31, national newscast was prompted by a New York Times article on research done by Dr. Barry Krakow. More…
School of Humanities
In 2010, the Lipscomb Provost’s Office established a University Research Professor designation. Professor of History Tim Johnson has been named the first Lipscomb University Research Professor. The designation is awarded to a full professor who has proven his expertise through scholarship, research and published works. During his time at Lipscomb, Johnson has published five books and 20 articles on varying aspects of early American military and political history. The University Research Professor designation provides Johnson with a lighter teaching load and financial incentive to continue his scholarly research and excellent publishing record.
In addition, Johnson was a featured speaker at the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission’s Signature Event: The Coming of the War, held Nov. 12. Johnson spoke on “Tennessee’s Once and Future Military Leaders.” The Coming of the War was the first of a five-year series of events across the state designed to promote, fund and preserve the complete story of Tennessee’s involvement in the Civil War and the war’s legacy.
College of Business
Four Lipscomb accounting professors have been honored by the Tennessee Society of CPAs (TSCPA) as Outstanding Educators: Charles Frasier, Susan Galbreath, Perry Moore and Axel Swang (now retired). Frasier, Galbreath and Moore have chaired society committees, and Frasier currently serves on the society’s governing council. Frasier has previously served as president of the Nashville Chapter of the TSCPA. 
Richard Grant, professor of finance and economics,
writes a Sunday column on economics and politics for
Nashville’s Tennessean newspaper. Click below to see
a selection of his columns in December 2010.
Dean Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity
In December, Dean Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity founder Turney Stevens appeared on “This Week in the Boardroom,” a weekly podcast featuring interviews of national leaders by Corporate Board Member President T. K. Kerstetter on the floor on the New York Stock Exchange. The podcast is designed to educate board members and C-suite executives on topics that impact their operational and strategic decisions and was sent to 18,000 board members across the nation and the globe. See the podcast…
Institute of Conflict Management (ICM)
The work of Lipscomb University’s Institute for Conflict Management (ICM) founding director Larry Bridgesmith, now senior fellow, were recognized by the International Academy of Mediators (IAM) in October. Bridgesmith was inducted as a member of the academy, a group of the world’s top 125 mediators. More…