Advancement Staff

All bios are sorted alphabetically.

Hudson Akin

Executive Director of the Capital Campaign

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615.966.5090 (ext. 5090)

Dale Armstrong

Senior Development Counsel

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615.966.5148 (ext. 5148)

Miranda Buell

Advancement Services Coordinator

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615.966.6221 (ext. 6221)

Sarah Katherine Cole

Advancement Services Coordinator

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615.966.6226 (ext. 6226)

Phil Ellenburg

Vice President of Alumni Relations

For more than 20 years, Phil Ellenburg has been a part of Lipscomb University’s administrative team. Ellenburg joined the university staff in January 1994, serving as general counsel and overseeing the university’s legal affairs, risk management, campus safety and government relations programs. In addition to his work with the campus...

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615.966.5841 (ext. 5841)

David England


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615.966.6210 (ext. 6210)

Derrick Free

Dir of Corp and Foundation Rel

Derrick Free is Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Law and bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb University. Prior to returning to his alma mater, Derrick was a practicing attorney with a Nashville law firm and a Financial Advisor with...

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615.966.1976 (ext. 1976)

Garner Goode

Alumni Associates Officer

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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 ('82), a "Lipscomb Lifer," attended Lipscomb from Kindergarten through college. In 1996, Hamar returned to her alma mater to work in the University Relations Office. In that office, she served as the administrative assistant to the vice president for university relations. At the beginning of 2005, Amy joined...

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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)

Chloe Hoffmann

Administrative Assistant

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615.966.6100 (ext. 6100)

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 vice president for development and external affairs. As such, he manages the university’s fundraising activity as well as community involvement. Lowry also serves as executive director of Spark, Lipscomb’s technology-rich, off-campus learning and community/corporate meeting location in Williamson County. Lowry has a Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist...

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615.966.5687 (ext. 5687)

Hannah Maxwell

Donor Relations Coordinator

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615.966.5736 (ext. 5736)

Rhonda Minton

Director of Alumni Programs

Rhonda Minton serves as Director of Alumni Programs and is responsible for developing programs and events that enhance connectivity with the university's more than 41,000 former students worldwide. Rhonda joined the Lipscomb University staff in July 2010 as associate director of annual giving/direct response, and was promoted to Director of...

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615.966.5840 (ext. 5840)

Bethany Perala

Assoc Dir. Annual Gvg - Telefu

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615.966.5260 (ext. 5260)

Megan Redding

Advancement Services Coordinator

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615.966.6211 (ext. 6211)

Tammy Robertson

Administrative Assistant

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615.966.5194 (ext. 5194)

Robyn Saakian

Director of Grant Services

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615.966.5907 (ext. 5907)

Laura Sears

Director of AWL of Lipscomb and Young Alumni Engagement

Laura Sears joined our staff in 2008 and is a 1992 graduate of Lipscomb University with a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and public relations. After serving as communications project manager for Corporate Family Solutions, Laura turned much of her attention to volunteer work while raising three young children. She...

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615.966.1963 (ext. 1963)

Turney Stevens

Dean Emeritus, College of Business

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615.966.1989 (ext. 1989)

Paul Stovall

Director of Planned Giving

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615.966.5251 (ext. 5251)

Matt Sullivan

Advancement Research Director

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615.966.6209 (ext. 6209)

Carrie Thompson

Asst VP Ann Giving Adv Service

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615.966.5250 (ext. 5250)

placeholder for Debbie Tumblin

Dir of Development Services

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615.966.6222 (ext. 6222)

Laura Tywater

Coordinator of Lifelong Learning Programs

Laura Tywater graduated (’89) from Lipscomb University with a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication and a marketing minor. After graduation she worked as a development coordinator in the Nashville office of the American Heart Association (AHA) before moving to the AHA’s Chattanooga office to become a field director in...

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615.966.5733 (ext. 5733)

Burton Williams

Associate Dean for Advancement

Williams has nearly two decades of experience working in development with a variety of institutions. His primary responsibility is in the area of external relation. His field of study is in leadership and strategic change.

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615.966.5561 (ext. 5561)