President Lowry says university’s post-COVID growth, family play key roles in decision to step aside

President Lowry says university’s post-COVID growth, family play key roles in decision to step aside

President Randy Lowry said an eye to the post-COVID future of the university played a big role in his decision to step aside and assume the role of chancellor after 16 years of heading Lipscomb University. Lowry said his decision — originally announced February 6 — wasn’t made lightly. He added that family concerns also played a role in his decision. “I’m not sure I want to at all,” Lowry said, when asked about his decision to step aside.  “Coming out of COVID, we’re gonna have to do some really important institutional planning,” he said. “And whoever does that — to think about how to make the institution for the future — needs to be here to lead that. And I’m not gonna be here to do that for another decade.” He does take pride in what has been achieved during his time at the helm. “So many things that we set out to do, we’ve accomplished,” he said. “We soon will complete a $250 million campaign. “I think we’ve either built or remodeled every single building except Sewell. “We have a record enrollment. ”  Not only the growth of the university, but the growth of his own family played a role in his decision, he said. “I noticed the other day — and I don’t know why it took so long to dawn on me — but I have nine grandchildren, and all nine were born while I’ve been president,” said Lowry. “And frankly I wanna be a good granddad.“ Lipscomb hasn’t had a chancellor in awhile, but the role is often held by the former president.  Lowry will...
Lady Bisons Basketball undefeated at home after defeating Stetson 58-54

Lady Bisons Basketball undefeated at home after defeating Stetson 58-54

The Lipscomb University women’s basketball team took on the Stetson Hatters Saturday afternoon in Allen Arena. The Lady Bisons won, 58-54. This win continues the Lady Bisons’ win streak at home. The win was the first for the Lady Bisons over Stetson at home since 2010. On Jan. 23, senior forward Taylor Clark became the 10th lady bison to score 1000 points in her career, joining the Lady Bisons 1000 point club. Clark added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Lady Bisons’ win tonight, while freshman guard Jordan Peete was the leading contributor with 15 points. The Lady Bisons came in hot from the arc shooting threes to take a lead over Stetson, 34-26 in the first half.  Peete went on a run early in the 4th, pushing Lipscomb’s lead to double digits in the final quarter. The hatters then went on their own run, take the Lady Bison’s lead down to single digits by the end of the 4th.  The Lady Bisons will play Stetson again tomorrow at 2 pm in Allen...
President Lowry to transition to chancellor in near future after 16 years as president

President Lowry to transition to chancellor in near future after 16 years as president

This morning president Lowry announced his departure from the role of President of Lipscomb University after 16 years. While President Lowry and his wife Rhonda Lowry will still be around as the transition to chancellor will take place next semester. In an email to the Lipscomb community, President Lowry shared the following. “Earlier this morning at the Board of Trustees meeting, I officially announced that after 16 years as president of this exceptional institution, I will transition to the role of chancellor in the near future. I will remain as president through the summer until a successor is in place following a national search. At that time, Rhonda and I will take a sabbatical and we will return renewed and energized to continue to serve this institution.” “The transition to chancellor is something we and the board have envisioned for a long time. While perhaps less familiar in our history, it is a common approach used by universities to capture the benefits of one’s presidential era and to continue that influence for the institution into the future.” “I will also engage through my faculty appointment, and look forward to working with students in our College of Leadership & Public Service.” President Lowry hopes that the transition will go smoothly and that his successor will be able to do more than even he was for the university. “The greatest compliment to someone who has tried to lead is that those who come after can do even more.” President Lowry will continue his presidency through to May of 2021. “There is no greater privilege and honor than having served as your president...
Dr. Orpheus Heyward speaks on good samaritan and social injustice for MLK Day Gathering

Dr. Orpheus Heyward speaks on good samaritan and social injustice for MLK Day Gathering

Today at the Lipscomb University virtual gathering Dr. Orpheus Heyward spoke. The university used the chapel to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King and the importance of his work. This year, 3 students offered up three of Dr. Martin Luther King’s prayers.  Amara Ukazim read ”Help us rise up out of our egotism.” Dorie Harrison read a prayer for uncertain times, “Love even our enemy neighbors.” Donovan Ross read, “We are made for the high places.” “In a climate like today, we need a balanced voice like Martin Luther King Jr,” said Dr. Orpheus Heyward. Dr. Heyward discussed how the world is facing much social injustice today and how the “heart of a racist can only be addressed for the perspective of God.”  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did a sermon out of luke chapter 10, verse 25, and following on the good samaritan. This was the parable that Dr. Heyward taught out of the chapel.  “Jesus moved the conversation from who is my neighbor to what is a neighbor in the bible.” In the parable, God used a Samaritan as the hero of the story. Dr. Heyward related the samaritan to how we should act as well. Dr. Heyward answers the question of who should be treated as a neighbor by stating,“Anyone who’s in crisis” is who needs help from a neighbor.  “We need people to behave as neighbors,” said Dr. Heyward,” Love as God loves.” Colleges such as Belmont, Fisk, Lipscomb, Meharry, Nashville State, Tennessee State University, Trevecca and Vanderbilt, as well as other area colleges and universities are honoring the life and legacy of...
2020’s top news, COVID, tornados, explosions

2020’s top news, COVID, tornados, explosions

This year was one like none other, with the biggest change to the community being the Coronavirus.  COVID-19 changed just about everyone around the world’s way of life and is continuing to do so. Lumination Network had Lipscomb and local updates from the initial spread of the virus.  Out of 24 Breaking News Stories, 7 were CoronaVirus related.  Top Stories included… LIVE UPDATES: Lipscomb extends online instruction for rest of spring semester, cancels commencement and closes dorms On other breaking news, the Presidential race continues. This year had protests, riots and demonstrations, not just on a national level, but here in Nashville just miles down the road. Nashville hosted the second presidential where protestors gathered outside Belmont University to share their beliefs. — Up the Boulevard, Donald Trump and Joe Biden vie for America’s vote Up the Boulevard, Donald Trump and Joe Biden vie for America’s vote With the presidential election came protests all over the country. Students all over Lipscomb’s campus used their voices to share their political opinions. — Students speak out after BLM painting of bison was defaced.  Some of our politics and breaking news reporters such as Schyler Jones, and Kathryn Farris kept us updated on all things cultural. Students speak out after BLM painting of bison was defaced Controversial Gathering talk by Siran Stacy prompts break-out chapel on Thursday Al Sturgeon hosts open-forum breakout chapel to discuss Tuesday’s Gathering talk Nashville faced many devastations this year, from tornados to bombings, the city saw a lot of destruction. Nashville began the year with an outbreak of tornados. Mckenzi Harris followed as the Tornado outbreak in the Nashville area...