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Once a Bison, always a Bison. The Bison family is always here for its members, and the Lipscomb University Alumni Association is the connection between us all! Your alumni office staff is a team of dedicated professionals on a mission to help you stay connected to Lipscomb and your fellow Bisons.

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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)

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)

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)

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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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)

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)