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Sturgeon appointed vice president of student life

Higher education veteran Al Sturgeon has been appointed Lipscomb University's new vice president of student life.

Kim Chaudoin  | 

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Sturgeon is former dean of students and dean of graduate programs at Pepperdine University School of Law. Sturgeon will begin his new position on March 18. 

“While much of that development and growth happens in the academic setting, a tremendous amount of a student’s intellectual, spiritual and social formation is also shaped by his or her experiences as a citizen of a larger university community. Integral to that experience is the work of the Office of Student Life, which plays a critical role in the lives of our students and in the daily operation of this community,” said Lowry. “Dr. Sturgeon has a unique expertise that enhances the strong foundation we have built over the last decade as our student population and campus community has grown tremendously. His vision and leadership will help us serve our students in new and innovative ways.”

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Al Sturgeon has been appointed vice president of student life at Lipscomb University.

As vice president of student life, Sturgeon will oversee all the student life functions outside the classroom which include: campus ministry, chapel, student activities, campus security, veteran services, residence life, intercultural development, freshmen orientation, campus recreation, intramurals and the Career Development Center among other responsibilities. 

Sturgeon is a seasoned higher education veteran and has served in a variety of roles at Pepperdine that gives him a unique perspective for his work in student life at Lipscomb University. At Pepperdine, Sturgeon served as a professor in the law school, as director of academic success, assistant dean for student life, dean of students and dean of graduate programs. He began his career as a high school teacher and coach in Arkansas. 

A native of Arkansas, Sturgeon has a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Arkansas and a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law. Sturgeon and his wife, Jody, also a veteran of higher education, have two grown daughters, Erica and Hillary.

“I have long admired and benefited from the good work at Lipscomb University and am thankful for the opportunity to serve. Lipscomb has a profound history and a bright future, and I am excited to join this special community,” said Sturgeon. “As a student life professional it is a privilege to partner with the faculty in student development and cultivate a community of love and respect for all students.  It is critical to me that every student is heard, respected and loved.”

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