Steve Flatt Leaving Lipscomb

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April 8th, 2005, 1:04 pm #1

What does this mean for Church of Christ in Nashville, specifically Madison?

http://www.lipscomb.edu/filter.asp?SID= ... o_key=7868

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Lipscomb University to begin presidential search
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<font size=3 face=times new roman>Lipscomb University officials will begin an immediate, nationwide search for a successor to President Stephen F. Flatt, who has been named senior vice president for development at National HealthCare Corporation, headquartered in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Hilton Dean, chairman of Lipscomb’s Board of Trustees, said today that a search committee would begin work very quickly toward identifying and securing a new president, the 17th in Lipscomb’s 114-year history.

“We’re saddened that Steve is leaving and we wish him well in his new endeavor. Steve has been a very effective leader and has had a tremendous impact on campus. We will immediately launch a nationwide search to find someone who will build on what Steve and those who have come before him have accomplished here,” said Dean.

Flatt said he looks forward to the opportunities that lie ahead at NHC.

“Thinking about leaving Lipscomb University, my alma mater, has been one of the most difficult decisions of my life. I truly believe Lipscomb is a premier academic institution, whose Christian context is unique, and I have been very pleased with the progress we’ve made and the position Lipscomb is in for future growth.

“Having said that, I am extremely excited about my new role at NHC and the potential it offers for serving in a different way. NHC has a great history as an industry leader in senior care. This represents a tremendous opportunity for me to join the leadership team of one of America’s greatest companies,” Flatt said.

“I see education and senior healthcare as aspects of ministry. Both provide opportunities to help people at critical times in their lives. At Lipscomb, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to help students. As a large group of our population ages, demand for quality care for the elderly will grow exponentially. As senior vice president of development I look forward to helping NHC meet that demand by providing the highest quality of care available.”

Lipscomb University is one of the few institutions in the nation that educates students from pre-kindergarten through the master’s degree level in one system. Lipscomb University enrolls approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in 80 major fields of study leading to bachelor’s degrees, and through master’s degree programs in business administration, biblical studies and education. David Lipscomb Campus School enrolls nearly 1,500 in pre-K through grade 12. Lipscomb is associated with the churches of Christ.

“We will be looking for a candidate who is well respected within the Church of Christ, who has demonstrated leadership skills and an aggressive vision for growth and the excellence that is demanded by faith at all levels of our institution,” Dean said.

Flatt, a 1977 Lipscomb University graduate, began his tenure as Lipscomb’s president in June 1997. Under his leadership Lipscomb’s academic departments were reorganized into five colleges, and the Raymond B. Jones School of Engineering and the Lipscomb/Vanderbilt Nursing Partnership were established. Curriculum and degree expansions included a master of business administration, a master of divinity, bachelor of science degrees in computer engineering and engineering mechanics, and a bachelor of science in nursing degree; and study abroad programs were added in London, Athens and Montevideo. Other accomplishments during Flatt’s tenure include transitioning the athletic program from the NAIA to the NCAA-Division I, creating an Office of Multicultural Affairs and establishing four competency centers – the Center for Leadership Excellence, Center for Character Development, Center for International Peace and Justice and the Center for Spiritual Renewal. Flatt also guided the university through a $150 million capital and endowment campaign which has raised $110 million to date. Campus enhancements during this time include the construction of the 5,000-seat Allen Arena, a parking garage, 148-bed addition to Johnson Residence Hall, a major renovation of the Student Center, several dormitory renovations, and the beginning of construction on the 77,000-square foot Ezell Center for Biblical Studies.

Flatt began his career with Lipscomb in 1977 as assistant to the vice president. He has also served as director of admissions, vice president/business affairs and vice president/institutional planning. From 1986-1990, Flatt was president of Ezell-Harding Christian School and was minister of Madison Church of Christ from 1986-1997.

Flatt will begin his role at NHC June 15.</font>
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April 10th, 2005, 6:07 am #2

Source: The Christian Chronicle



<font color=blue>BREAKING NEWS</font>

<font size=5>Lipscomb president a finalist for top job at UTC</font>

March 24, 2005

Steve Flatt one of four candidates for chancellorship at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

<font size=3 color=indigo face=Times New Roman>Steve Flatt, president of Lipscomb University, survived the final cut of candidates and is one of four finalists for chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Flatt’s name, along with the names of three other contenders, will be submitted to John Petersen, president of the University of Tennessee, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported March 24. Petersen will interview the four in the next couple of weeks and choose the person to replace former Chancellor Bill Stacy, who resigned in August to become headmaster of Baylor School.

After a recent interview at UTC, Flatt, said he is excited to be named a finalist

“I was even more excited leaving campus than when I arrived,” Flatt told the Times Free Press. “UTC has unlimited potential.”

The other finalists are Roger G. Brown, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke; Peter S. Hoff, former president of the University of Maine; and Martha D. Saunders, vice president for academic affairs at Columbus State University in Georgia.

Flatt has served as president of Lipscomb, a Nashville, Tenn.-based school associated with churches of Christ, since 1997. </font>
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April 10th, 2005, 6:13 am #3

What does this mean for Church of Christ in Nashville, specifically Madison?

http://www.lipscomb.edu/filter.asp?SID= ... o_key=7868

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Lipscomb University to begin presidential search
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<font size=3 face=times new roman>Lipscomb University officials will begin an immediate, nationwide search for a successor to President Stephen F. Flatt, who has been named senior vice president for development at National HealthCare Corporation, headquartered in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Hilton Dean, chairman of Lipscomb’s Board of Trustees, said today that a search committee would begin work very quickly toward identifying and securing a new president, the 17th in Lipscomb’s 114-year history.

“We’re saddened that Steve is leaving and we wish him well in his new endeavor. Steve has been a very effective leader and has had a tremendous impact on campus. We will immediately launch a nationwide search to find someone who will build on what Steve and those who have come before him have accomplished here,” said Dean.

Flatt said he looks forward to the opportunities that lie ahead at NHC.

“Thinking about leaving Lipscomb University, my alma mater, has been one of the most difficult decisions of my life. I truly believe Lipscomb is a premier academic institution, whose Christian context is unique, and I have been very pleased with the progress we’ve made and the position Lipscomb is in for future growth.

“Having said that, I am extremely excited about my new role at NHC and the potential it offers for serving in a different way. NHC has a great history as an industry leader in senior care. This represents a tremendous opportunity for me to join the leadership team of one of America’s greatest companies,” Flatt said.

“I see education and senior healthcare as aspects of ministry. Both provide opportunities to help people at critical times in their lives. At Lipscomb, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to help students. As a large group of our population ages, demand for quality care for the elderly will grow exponentially. As senior vice president of development I look forward to helping NHC meet that demand by providing the highest quality of care available.”

Lipscomb University is one of the few institutions in the nation that educates students from pre-kindergarten through the master’s degree level in one system. Lipscomb University enrolls approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in 80 major fields of study leading to bachelor’s degrees, and through master’s degree programs in business administration, biblical studies and education. David Lipscomb Campus School enrolls nearly 1,500 in pre-K through grade 12. Lipscomb is associated with the churches of Christ.

“We will be looking for a candidate who is well respected within the Church of Christ, who has demonstrated leadership skills and an aggressive vision for growth and the excellence that is demanded by faith at all levels of our institution,” Dean said.

Flatt, a 1977 Lipscomb University graduate, began his tenure as Lipscomb’s president in June 1997. Under his leadership Lipscomb’s academic departments were reorganized into five colleges, and the Raymond B. Jones School of Engineering and the Lipscomb/Vanderbilt Nursing Partnership were established. Curriculum and degree expansions included a master of business administration, a master of divinity, bachelor of science degrees in computer engineering and engineering mechanics, and a bachelor of science in nursing degree; and study abroad programs were added in London, Athens and Montevideo. Other accomplishments during Flatt’s tenure include transitioning the athletic program from the NAIA to the NCAA-Division I, creating an Office of Multicultural Affairs and establishing four competency centers – the Center for Leadership Excellence, Center for Character Development, Center for International Peace and Justice and the Center for Spiritual Renewal. Flatt also guided the university through a $150 million capital and endowment campaign which has raised $110 million to date. Campus enhancements during this time include the construction of the 5,000-seat Allen Arena, a parking garage, 148-bed addition to Johnson Residence Hall, a major renovation of the Student Center, several dormitory renovations, and the beginning of construction on the 77,000-square foot Ezell Center for Biblical Studies.

Flatt began his career with Lipscomb in 1977 as assistant to the vice president. He has also served as director of admissions, vice president/business affairs and vice president/institutional planning. From 1986-1990, Flatt was president of Ezell-Harding Christian School and was minister of Madison Church of Christ from 1986-1997.

Flatt will begin his role at NHC June 15.</font>
Source: The Christian Chronicle

<font color=blue>BREAKING NEWS</font>

<font size=5>Flatt leaving Lipscomb</font>

By Erik Tryggestad
The Christian Chronicle
April 07, 2005

Steve Flatt accepts position with health care company

<font size=3 color=indigo face=Times New Roman>Stephen Flatt is leaving Lipscomb University for a new job — though not the job most expected.

In late March Flatt, who has served since 1997 as president of the Nashville, Tenn., school associated with churches of Christ, was one of four finalists for the position of chancellor at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (UTC).

But an April 7 news release from Lipscomb states that Flatt is leaving his alma mater not for another university, but to serve as an executive for a Nashville-area healthcare company.

Flatt has been named senior vice president for development for National HealthCare Corporation, headquartered in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He will start the job June 15.

“This decision in no way reflects any dissatisfaction on my part with Lipscomb or the great work being done here,” Flatt told Lipscomb's faculty and staff April 7. “Thinking about leaving Lipscomb University … has been one of the most difficult decisions of my life. …

“I have great confidence in the Board of Trustees and the decisions they will make regarding a successor,” Flatt said.

University officials will begin an immediate, nationwide search for Lipscomb's next president, according to university spokeswoman Kim Chaudoin. Hilton Dean, chairman of Lipscomb's Board of Trustees, said that a search committee will work quickly to identify and secure a new president, the 17th in Lipscomb's 114-year history.

“We're saddened that Steve is leaving and we wish him well in his new endeavor,” Dean said. “Steve has been a very effective leader and has had a tremendous, positive impact on Lipscomb.”

With regard to the chancellor search at UTC, Flatt would only say that “sometimes God leads us in ways we may not expect. I believe God's hand is in this opportunity, and I am eager to see what the Lord has in store for my family and me through this new ministry.”

Flatt said he looks forward to the opportunities that lie ahead at NHC.

“NHC has a great history as an industry leader in senior care. This represents a tremendous opportunity for me to join the leadership team of one of America's greatest companies,” Flatt said. </font>
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April 14th, 2005, 9:23 am #4

April 19, 2002

Dr. Steve Flatt, President
David Lipscomb University
Nashville, TN.

Dear Bro. Flatt:

I am sure that you do not know me, but my wife and I worshiped at the Madison church for a short time while you were preaching there. We were blessed by the fine lessons you presented. We both attended Lipscomb High School in the 50s.

I know that you must be aware of the serious problems that are now sweeping across the face of our brotherhood. These are the same problems that have recently ravaged the Madison congregation. I can recall hearing Bro. Ira North say with pride that in all of his years there Madison had never had a problem they could not resolve, or a division.

Having spent your life as a member of the Lord's church and having preached for most of your adult life, you know that there are folks among us espousing ideas of worship, about salvation, about the role of women and a number of other important points that are contrary to Scripture and certainly contrary to what we and our fathers before us knew to be New Testament Christianity.

God has provided you with the wonderful opportunity to head David Lipscomb University in this day of testing. Bro. Lipscomb was one of the key leaders of the church in a day when our brethren faced problems within their ranks almost identical to those we are facing today. Through the Gospel Advocate and his Nashville Bible School he and a band of faithful men were able to salvage a faithful remnant and rebuild the churches of Christ. As young preachers we were able to see the wonderful fruit of his labors. Now just 40 years later we see a brotherhood that is being torn apart by those who are determined to change the church into something after their own imagination.

The impression of many is that some of those who are leading the people away from the Old Paths of God's Word are part of your staff there at David Lipscomb. The association of a significant number of your faculty with Bro. Rubel Shelly and the Woodmont Hills Church further indicates this. I would not presume to tell you how to run your business as president of the university. But I would plead with you to think of the welfare of the Lord's church, not only in Nashville, but across the nation. In the digression of last century, we lost most of the schools of higher learning associated with our brotherhood. We cannot afford to lose David Lipscomb to those who no longer wish to be simple New Testament Christians. You have been invested with great power and influence. Please use it to build up and promote the unity and welfare of the churches from which you draw your students and support. Do not allow teachers of error to use DLU as a platform to undermine and destroy that which is most sacred to the people of God.

Bro. Lipscomb was a faithful member of the church of Christ, he loved the church and dedicated his life, his wealth and his property to achieve her success. It would be a terrible travesty to see the school he bequeathed to our brethren used to undo all he labored for.

Please accept this letter in the spirit in which it is sent. My prayers go up to God that he will bless and guide you to steer a straight course for the school and that it will do for the churches of Christ in the 21st century what it did in the century before.


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April 14th, 2005, 9:28 am #5

Source: The Christian Chronicle

<font color=blue>BREAKING NEWS</font>

<font size=5>Flatt leaving Lipscomb</font>

By Erik Tryggestad
The Christian Chronicle
April 07, 2005

Steve Flatt accepts position with health care company

<font size=3 color=indigo face=Times New Roman>Stephen Flatt is leaving Lipscomb University for a new job — though not the job most expected.

In late March Flatt, who has served since 1997 as president of the Nashville, Tenn., school associated with churches of Christ, was one of four finalists for the position of chancellor at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (UTC).

But an April 7 news release from Lipscomb states that Flatt is leaving his alma mater not for another university, but to serve as an executive for a Nashville-area healthcare company.

Flatt has been named senior vice president for development for National HealthCare Corporation, headquartered in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He will start the job June 15.

“This decision in no way reflects any dissatisfaction on my part with Lipscomb or the great work being done here,” Flatt told Lipscomb's faculty and staff April 7. “Thinking about leaving Lipscomb University … has been one of the most difficult decisions of my life. …

“I have great confidence in the Board of Trustees and the decisions they will make regarding a successor,” Flatt said.

University officials will begin an immediate, nationwide search for Lipscomb's next president, according to university spokeswoman Kim Chaudoin. Hilton Dean, chairman of Lipscomb's Board of Trustees, said that a search committee will work quickly to identify and secure a new president, the 17th in Lipscomb's 114-year history.

“We're saddened that Steve is leaving and we wish him well in his new endeavor,” Dean said. “Steve has been a very effective leader and has had a tremendous, positive impact on Lipscomb.”

With regard to the chancellor search at UTC, Flatt would only say that “sometimes God leads us in ways we may not expect. I believe God's hand is in this opportunity, and I am eager to see what the Lord has in store for my family and me through this new ministry.”

Flatt said he looks forward to the opportunities that lie ahead at NHC.

“NHC has a great history as an industry leader in senior care. This represents a tremendous opportunity for me to join the leadership team of one of America's greatest companies,” Flatt said. </font>
Flatt to Plot Future Growth for NHC
Thursday April 7, 3:46 pm ET


MURFREESBORO, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 7, 2005--National HealthCare Corporation (AMEX:NHC - News), one of the nation's oldest long-term health care companies, announced today that it has hired Steve Flatt, current President of Lipscomb University, to the newly created position as Senior Vice President of Development. Flatt, who today announced his resignation from Lipscomb, will assume his role effective June 15.
"We are extremely excited and fortunate to have Dr. Flatt joining our leadership team," NHC President and CEO Robert Adams said. "As we develop new facilities and services in the long term care sector, Steve will serve as an effective liaison between our communities and our operations." Chairman Andy Adams also stated, "NHC is committed to move forward in caring for the needs of the aging population in this nation. By 2010 our elderly population will begin to stress the resources and facilities in our communities. In 2020 over 20% in the population will be over the age of 65 compared to approximately 11% today. NHC intends to continue to be a leader in providing quality care to what has been referred to as the Greatest Generation. Steve will assist us greatly in achieving this goal."

Dr. Steve Flatt received his B.A. degree from Lipscomb and his M.A. degree and a Ph.D. from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Since 1997 he has served as the President of Lipscomb. Prior to that he served as President of Ezell Harding Christian School in Nashville and Vice President of Financial Affairs and Institutional Planning at Lipscomb. Flatt currently serves on the Board of Directors for the NCAA Division 1, President of the Atlantic Sun Athletic Conference and on the Board of SunTrust Bank. He is the Immediate past chair, Board of Directors, of the Tennessee Independent College and Universities Association.

NHC operates for itself and third parties 74 long-term health care centers with 9,177 beds. NHC also operates 31 homecare programs, six independent living centers and assisted living centers at 22 locations. NHC's other services include managed care specialty medical units, Alzheimer's units, hospice and a rehabilitation services company. Additional information about NHC including the company's Form 10-K annual report and press releases is available on our web site at www.NHCcare.com

Statements in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. NHC cautions investors that any forward-looking statements made involve risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance. All forward-looking statements represent NHC's best judgment as of the date of this release
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April 14th, 2005, 9:36 am #6

Source: The Christian Chronicle

<font color=blue>BREAKING NEWS</font>

<font size=5>Flatt leaving Lipscomb</font>

By Erik Tryggestad
The Christian Chronicle
April 07, 2005

Steve Flatt accepts position with health care company

<font size=3 color=indigo face=Times New Roman>Stephen Flatt is leaving Lipscomb University for a new job — though not the job most expected.

In late March Flatt, who has served since 1997 as president of the Nashville, Tenn., school associated with churches of Christ, was one of four finalists for the position of chancellor at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (UTC).

But an April 7 news release from Lipscomb states that Flatt is leaving his alma mater not for another university, but to serve as an executive for a Nashville-area healthcare company.

Flatt has been named senior vice president for development for National HealthCare Corporation, headquartered in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He will start the job June 15.

“This decision in no way reflects any dissatisfaction on my part with Lipscomb or the great work being done here,” Flatt told Lipscomb's faculty and staff April 7. “Thinking about leaving Lipscomb University … has been one of the most difficult decisions of my life. …

“I have great confidence in the Board of Trustees and the decisions they will make regarding a successor,” Flatt said.

University officials will begin an immediate, nationwide search for Lipscomb's next president, according to university spokeswoman Kim Chaudoin. Hilton Dean, chairman of Lipscomb's Board of Trustees, said that a search committee will work quickly to identify and secure a new president, the 17th in Lipscomb's 114-year history.

“We're saddened that Steve is leaving and we wish him well in his new endeavor,” Dean said. “Steve has been a very effective leader and has had a tremendous, positive impact on Lipscomb.”

With regard to the chancellor search at UTC, Flatt would only say that “sometimes God leads us in ways we may not expect. I believe God's hand is in this opportunity, and I am eager to see what the Lord has in store for my family and me through this new ministry.”

Flatt said he looks forward to the opportunities that lie ahead at NHC.

“NHC has a great history as an industry leader in senior care. This represents a tremendous opportunity for me to join the leadership team of one of America's greatest companies,” Flatt said. </font>
Message from Stephen Flatt to Lipscomb employees

April 07, 2005



This afternoon, news will break that I have been named senior vice president for development at National HealthCare Corporation. I was recently approached by NHC about this opportunity, and after prayerful consideration and consultation, I have decided to accept this position.

This decision in no way reflects any dissatisfaction on my part with Lipscomb or the great work being done here. Thinking about leaving Lipscomb University, my alma mater, has been one of the most difficult decisions of my life. I truly believe Lipscomb is a premier academic institution, whose Christian context is unique, and I have been very pleased with the progress we’ve made and the position Lipscomb is in for future growth. I will continue to have a great affection for Lipscomb. I’m very pleased that my son, Lee, will be enrolled at the university this fall and that my daughter, Rachel, will continue her studies at the campus school. I have great confidence in the Board of Trustees and the decisions they will make regarding a successor.

As I mentioned to you earlier concerning the opportunity at UTC, sometimes God leads us in ways we may not expect. I believe God’s hand is in this opportunity and I am eager to see what the Lord has in store for my family and me through this new ministry.

I see education and senior healthcare as aspects of ministry. Both provide opportunities to help people at critical times in their lives. At Lipscomb, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to help students; now I’m going to focus on helping to insure and improve quality of life for those in their retirement years.

I deeply appreciate the wonderful support that you have given me since the beginning of my presidency in 1997 and particularly for your well wishes during these past few weeks. I look forward to continuing my relationship with Lipscomb University in new and broader ways that will become available to me through my new work.

I will always bleed Bison purple and gold.

Steve
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April 20th, 2005, 1:13 pm #7

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July 25th, 2005, 7:43 pm #8

From the Tennessean

http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll ... 4/50725004

California law professor named president of Lipscomb University

By MICHAEL CASS
Staff Writer

A law professor who is an expert on dispute resolution has been named Lipscomb University's new president.

L. Randolph Lowry III, professor of law and founder of the nationally known Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., will take office as Lipscomb's 17th president Nov. 1, the Nashville school announced today.


Lowry, a 53-year-old California native, holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Pepperdine and a law degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. He said in a news release that Lipscomb alumni served as his mentors as he later worked at those two schools and at Willamette University.

''It is with deep appreciation for the long history of Lipscomb's university and campus school programs, and great anticipation of the future that lies before us, that I accept this leadership position,'' Lowry said.

Lowry will succeed Steve Flatt, who recently left after eight years at Lipscomb to become senior vice president of development at Murfreesboro-based National HealthCare Corp. Former Lipscomb President Harold Hazelip has been serving as the university's interim president.

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July 26th, 2005, 12:37 am #9

Strauss was "winged" out of Pepperdine and was called in to RESOLVE the problem at Madison. They are decidedly on the SIDE of the change agents accordint to their Web page at the time and will RESOLVE in the favor Lipscomb has already gone.

They use the Heglian Dialectic used by other CHANGE AGENTS in history. The scheme is to get the ENEMIES involved in their "resolving system" of loaded questions and surveys.

The goal is to reach a CONCENSUS somewhere on the side of change. The goal would be that the conservatives who have abandoned Lipscomb and resulted in this change would be manipulated into meeting the changelings half way. But, there is no compromise with evil and silly "professors" leading the church into the wilderness.

I don't know this guy but WHY would Lipscomb hire a lawyer-conflict resolver rather than a Godly Bible believer and promoter of the MANDATE for which believers PURCHASED the institution now lost. The CONFLICT can easily be solved with a wholesale house cleaning.

LaGard Smith of Pepperdine may be the one level head and lawyer at Lipscomb and maybe something better is cooking.
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July 29th, 2005, 4:04 am #10

Source: The City Paper (July 26, 2005), Nashville, Tennessee

<font color=indigo size=3 face=times new roman>Lipscomb University has selected a Pepperdine University law professor as its new president. L. Randolph Lowry III, 53, will assume the position Nov. 1. See page 3.

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Lowry starts Nov. 1

<font size=5 color=black>Lipscomb picks new leader</font>

By Bill Harless
bharless@nashvillecitypaper.com

<font color=indigo>Lipscomb University has selected a Pepperdine University law professor as its new president. L. Randolph Lowry III, 53, will assume the post Nov. 1.

He is founder and director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine, a program that has ranked with Harvard as one of the top dispute resolution programs in the country.

Lowry replaces Steve Flatt, who left the university in June for a position with Murfreesboro-based National HealthCare Corporation.

The appointment of Lowry is a departure for the Church of Christ-affiliated school, whose past three presidents each arrived with stronger backgrounds in ministry and religious education.

A 10-member in-house search committee selected Lowry from a pool of 20 applicants. The school’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to appoint him.

Atlanta-based executive search firm Baker, Parker & Associates assisted with the nationwide search.

Lowry said he will aim to heighten the university’s prestige and said Lipscomb will have to decide whether it wants “to remain a fairly regional school” or to “move beyond that, looking at a broader constituency of students from throughout the country.”

He said that he wants to grow the school’s undergraduate body—currently about 2,500—to 3,500.

“As I understand, currently about 70 percent of the students are from our church constituency, and about 30 percent of the students are from other [non-Church of Christ] faith traditions.

“My sense is that those who do not share our particular heritage can still find an outstanding educational opportunity at Lipscomb, and we want them, if they’re interested in a faith-based education, to consider us.”

He said he and the board very much intend to keep Lipscomb a religious school.

Hilton Dean, chair of Lipscomb University’s Board of Trustees, cited Lowry’s achievement of bringing the Straus Institute into national prominence as a primary reason for selecting him president.

But also, “During the time he [Lowry] has achieved professional prominence and excellence in his chosen field, [he has] also maintained a strong leadership in his Christian faith,” Dean said.

Lowry has mediated several multi-million dollar civil and public policy disputes and has trained organizations including the Federal Judicial Center, Nike, Lexis-Nexis, State Farm Insurance, and Chevron in dispute resolution. He has served on numerous governmental ethics committees in California and is an annual visiting faculty member at Vermont Law School and City University of Hong Kong.</font>

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