Harold Hazelip has devoted his life to scholarship and ministry. As president, he strengthened Lipscomb University’s identity as a leading academic institution. He remained committed to Christian values, and through his example, encouraged students, faculty and staff to deepen their involvement in service and mission.
Hazelip became president at Lipscomb in 1986 after serving 14 years as dean of the Harding Graduate School of Religion in Memphis. He retired from the presidency in 1997 and assumed the role of chancellor. He also served as an adjunct Bible professor for the university. During his tenure as president, David Lipscomb College became Lipscomb University. He also led the university through several additions to the academic program. The master of arts in religion and master of education degrees were added along with the first semester-abroad program. In 2005, Hazelip served as interim president from June 15 through Oct. 31.
Hazelip, a Kentucky native, earned his junior college diploma from Freed-Hardeman University in 1948 and his bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb in 1950. He earned the bachelor of divinity, a postgraduate degree, from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1958 and the Ph.D. in religion from the University of Iowa in 1967. He preached for Churches of Christ in Kentucky, Iowa and Tennessee from 1949-1986 and preached by appointment while president at Lipscomb and in his retirement. He served as speaker for the Herald of Truth television series from 1971 through 1992. He is also the author of several books.