Student Life Deans & Staff

All bios are sorted alphabetically.

Prentice Ashford

Dean of Intercultural Development

Prentice Ashford joined the Lipscomb community in the Spring of 2018 and serves as the Dean of the Office of Intercultural Development. He earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Abilene Christian University. He will complete his Doctorate of Education from Lipscomb University in 2020. Ashford and his wife,...

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Diane Cothran

Career Development Coordinator

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615.966.6300 (ext. 6300)

Steve Davidson

Associate Dean of Student Life
Senior Campus Minister

After graduating from Lipscomb University, Steve Davidson began his journey in administration at the university while completing graduate school. He worked as assistant basketball coach under Coach Don Meyer while working as a recruiter in the Office of Admissions. For the next 16 years, Davidson worked in the Office of...

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615.966.6280 (ext. 6280)

Kyle Dickerson

Director of Campus Recreation

Originally from Pineville, Louisiana, Kyle Dickerson has lived in the state of Tennessee since 1999 when he moved here to finish his undergraduate journey at Lipscomb. Dickerson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pre-professional Psychology from Lipscomb University (2004) and an MBA in Human Resources Management from Bethel University...

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615.966.1176 (ext. 1176)

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Chapel Coordinator

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615.966.7604 (ext. 7604)

Angie Groennert

Veteran, Military & Family Mental Health Counselor

Angela Groennert holds a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lipscomb University and a Master of Arts in Military Psychology from Adler University. A native of Nashville, Illinois Groennert, provides mental health care for the veteran and military-connected populations on campus, which includes students, staff and faculty...

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615.966.5142 (ext. 5142)

Jimmie Handley

Outreach Coordinator

Jimmie L. Handley Jr is 20-year veteran of the United States Army. As a retired senior non-commissioned officer, Handley brings a diverse scope of experience the Lipscomb community and the veteran family. He earned his undergraduate degree in business at Lipscomb University and is pursuing a master’s degree in Divinity....

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615.966.1870 (ext. 1870)

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Administrative Assistant

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615.966.6284 (ext. 6284)

Kathy Meadows

Executive Assistant of Student Life

Kathy has worked in the office of Student Life since September 2012. She also serves as the receptionist for the president’s office. She and her husband Phil met at Freed-Hardeman University where she received an undergraduate degree in Communications. She later attended Murray State in Kentucky and received a degree...

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615.966.6057 (ext. 6057)

Jessi Mestan

Residence Hall Director, Johnson Hall

Jessi Mestan graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in Public Relations. During her time at Baylor she was actively involved in Residence Life and worked with Admissions helping to recruit potential students. She moved to Nashville to join the Student Life team as a Residence Hall Director in Johnson...

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615.966.1548 (ext. 1548)

Louis Nelms

Director of Student Involvement

Originally from Memphis, Louis Nelms came to Lipscomb as a student in 2008. He received a degree in history and after graduation began working as the Director of Student Activities. As a student, he was involved in everything from Greek life and Quest team to mission trips and residence life....

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615.966.6084 (ext. 6084)

Kimberlyn Perkins

Residence Hall Director, Elam Hall

Kimberlyn Perkins entered Residence Life as the Residence Hall Director of Elam Hall in July 2017. Perkins previously served as a resident assistant there as a student. She also serves as an advisor for Lipscomb's Greek Life. Perkins graduated from Lipscomb University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in...

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615.966.1003 (ext. 1003)

Josh Roberts

Dean of Student Development

Josh Roberts is dedicated to ensuring that students at Lipscomb find themselves in the most developmentally appropriate environment to make the transition from young adulthood to adulthood. Lipscomb takes an active role in student development by engaging with students to discover their created purpose and equip them for service as...

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615.966.6054 (ext. 6054)

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Program Coordinator

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Laurie Sain

Associate Dean of Student Life
Residence Hall Director

With 19 years of Student Affairs experience, Laurie brings many talents to the Student Life team. She has been a Residence Hall Director for 16 years and graduated from Lipscomb University with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2008. Sain is most passionate about connecting with students, and programming and...

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615.966.1181 (ext. 1181)

Billie Scroggins

Veterans Certifying Official

Originally from Glasgow, Kentucky, Billie Scroggins has returned to the Nashville area to serve as School Certifying Official, helping veterans and family members get their benefits to pay for school. She brings nine years of experience as a school certifying official as well as two years in adult advising and...

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615.966.1117 (ext. 1117)

Tom Seals

Professor of Biblical Practice
Veteran Chaplain

Tom teaches undergraduate Bible courses as well as Biblical ethics and textual studies. He received his BA in Biblical languages from Lipscomb in 1971, his M.T.S. degree from Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C. in 1976, and his D. Min. degree from Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN, in 1999. In...

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615.966.6642 (ext. 6642)

Jackson Smith

Residence Hall Director, Sewell Hall

After graduating from Lipscomb University earning a Bachelor's in Business Administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship and Corporate Management, Jackson Smith joined the Student Life team as a Residence Hall Director for Sewell Hall in 2017. As a former student leader, Jackson held many leadership positions including Student Government Association...

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615.966.1635 (ext. 1635)

Keela Smith

Director of New Student Orientation

Keela Smith has worked in a variety of roles within the Student Life team since her start in 2011. She has served as the Chapel Coordinator and Associate Dean of Student Life and now currently works part-time on campus overseeing New Student Orientation. She earned both her bachelor's degree in...

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615.966.7601 (ext. 7601)

Sam Smith

Dean of Student Life

Sam Smith believes that the college years are some of the most formative years in a student’s life. His enthusiasm for student development and excitement for true Kingdom living drive his passion for working with students. Sam oversees Residence Life, Housing, Student Activities, Greek Life, Commuter Student Services, The Leading...

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615.966.5155 (ext. 5155)

Mike Smith

Head Resident

Mike Smith has been the Residence Hall Director for High Rise since fall of 2000. He graduated from Lipscomb University in 1982 and received his MBA in 2004. Mike and his wife, Susan, have been married for 32 years and have two grown sons, Seth and Nathan. Mike and Susan...

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615.966.1331 (ext. 1331)

Chad Staggs

Director of Veterans Services

Chad J. Staggs is the director of Veteran Services. Staggs oversees the office, as well as our veteran students’ personal, professional, academic and spiritual needs. Focused on the transitional process into the classroom Staggs facilitates, collaborates and provides key leadership connecting university faculty and staff in addition to community partnerships...

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615.966.5176 (ext. 5176)

Monica Wentworth

Director, Career Center

Monica Wentworth has extensive experience in Career Development. She has worked with traditional undergraduate students to help them explore careers, prepare for life as a professional, and engage in the job search process. She has also worked with graduate students and alumni in their career transitions. She has a master's...

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615.966.6296 (ext. 6296)

Allison West

Career Development Coord

Allison has an MA in counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University and a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in Bible from Lipscomb University. She worked for seven years as a Christian counselor before returning to Lipscomb. The goal of the Career Development Center is to prepare students for life...

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615.966.6295 (ext. 6295)

Jonathan Williams

Sewell Residence Hall Director

Jonathan joined the Residence Life team in June of 2011 after graduating from Lipscomb University with a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Biology. While pursuing his degree, Jonathan represented Lipscomb as a student-athlete competing in both cross country and track and working as a Resident Assistant...

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Dannie Woods

Associate Dean of Student Life

Dannie Woods, originally from Rockledge, Florida earned her bachelor's degree from Lipscomb in Fashion Merchandising and went on to work in Student Affairs at Mississippi College. While there she earned her M.ED in Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs from Abilene Christian University and a graduate certificate in...

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615.966.6283 (ext. 6283)