Advancement Staff

All bios are sorted alphabetically.

Hudson Akin

Executive Director of the Capital Campaign

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615.966.5090 (ext. 5090)

Alex Banks

Emerging Associates Officer

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615.966.5208 (ext. 5208)

David Bass

Director of Development/Major Gifts

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615.966.5687 (ext. 5687)

Becca Bennie

Donor Relations Coordionator

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615.966.5736 (ext. 5736)

Miranda Buell

Advancement Services Coordinator

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615.966.6221 (ext. 6221)

Taylor Bush

Asst Director of Annual Giving

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615.966.5239 (ext. 5239)

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Assistant Vice President for Annual Giving

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Sarah Katherine Cole

Advancement Services Coordinator

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615.966.6226 (ext. 6226)

Brent Culberson

Director of Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations

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615.966.1962 (ext. 1962)

Phil Ellenburg

Vice President of Alumni Relations

Serving Lipscomb alumni by creating opportunities for deeper engagement with their alma mater and each other is the driving force behind Phil Ellenburg’s passion as vice president for alumni relations. A 1986 graduate of Lipscomb, Ellenburg has been a part of Lipscomb University’s administrative team for more than 20 years....

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615.966.5841 (ext. 5841)

David England


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615.966.6210 (ext. 6210)

Jeff Fincher

Assistant Dean of the College of Entertainment and the Arts

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615.966.6214 (ext. 6214)

Garner Goode

Alumni Associates Officer

No stranger to the Lipscomb University campus, Garner Goode (’08 & ’11) joined the Office of Alumni Relations in September 2017 as director of alumni engagement. His role will focus on enhancing engagement between alumni and the university through local and regional outreach efforts. "I am excited about the opportunity...

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615.966.5990 (ext. 5990)

Debbie Haislip

Executive Assistant

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615.966.6220 (ext. 6220)

Amy Hamar

Dir LfLng Learn Sr Alumni Prog

Amy Hamar, a "Lipscomb Lifer," attended Lipscomb from Kindergarten through college, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in office administration in 1982. She later earned a registered nurse degree from Columbia State. In 1996, Hamar returned to her alma mater to work in the University Relations Office. In that office,...

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615.966.6216 (ext. 6216)

Karin Hensley

Assoc Dir of Donor Rel & Stwdp

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615.966.5333 (ext. 5333)

Jenny Lovell

Leadership Annual Gift Officer

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615.966.5078 (ext. 5078)

John Lowry

Vice President for Development and External Affairs
Associate Professor

John Lowry is senior vice president for advancement. As such, he oversees the university’s fundraising activity as well as alumni, community and governmental relations. Lowry is also the founder of Spark, Lipscomb’s technology-rich, off-campus learning and community/corporate executive education facilities downtown and in Cool Springs. Lowry has a Juris Doctorate...

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615.966.5687 (ext. 5687)

Rhonda Minton

Director of Alumni Programs

Rhonda Minton serves as director of alumni programs and is responsible for directing communication and marketing efforts and developing programs and events to enhance connectivity with the university's more than 43,000 former students worldwide. Minton joined the Lipscomb University staff in July 2010 as associate director of annual giving/direct response,...

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615.966.5840 (ext. 5840)

Shane Neal

Artist in Residence

Since beginning a full-time career as an artist at 21, Michael Shane Neal has completed more than 600 portraits on display around the world. Recent commissions include Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, former Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, U.S. Senators Arlen Specter,...

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Bethany Perala

Assoc Dir. Annual Gvg - Telefu

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615.966.5260 (ext. 5260)

Tom Riley

Development Officer and Outreach Director, Bible & Ministry

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615.966.6239 (ext. 6239)

Robyn Saakian

Director of Grant Services

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615.966.5907 (ext. 5907)

Laura Sears

Emerging Associates Officer

Laura Sears is an alumna of both Lipscomb Academy and Lipscomb University. She graduated from the Academy in 1988 and crossed campus to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication and public relations from the University in 1992. She is currently working toward her master’s degree in conflict...

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615.966.1963 (ext. 1963)

Turney Stevens

Dean Emeritus, College of Business

C. Turney Stevens, Jr., over his career has been a CEO, a public company board director, financier and investor, and higher education leader. He currently serves as the Dean Emeritus of the College of Business and Director of the Hilton and Sallie Dean Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity. Stevens...

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615.966.1989 (ext. 1989)

Paul Stovall

Director of Planned Giving

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615.966.5251 (ext. 5251)

Carrie Thompson

Asst VP Ann Giving Adv Service

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615.966.5250 (ext. 5250)

Launa Tidwell

Administrative Assistant

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615.966.5225 (ext. 5225)

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Dir of Development Services

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615.966.6222 (ext. 6222)

Laura Tywater

Coordinator of Lifelong Learning Programs

Laura Tywater graduated in 1988 from Lipscomb University with a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication and a marketing minor. She joined Lipscomb University in 2009 as an administrative assistant in Development and Alumni Relations office. She now works as a program coordinator for Lifelong Learning and senior alumni programs...

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615.966.5733 (ext. 5733)

Burton Williams

Associate Vice President for Planned and Complex Giving

Burton Williams is a veteran leader in development and education with nearly 20 years of experience in administration, community engagement, academics, and research. Williams currently serves as Lipscomb’s Associate Vice President for Advancement and is the Associate Dean for Advancement of the College of Business. Williams holds a Doctor of...

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615.966.5561 (ext. 5561)