NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Lipscomb President Randy Lowry is stepping down after 16 years leading the university.
Lowry sent an email to staff saying he will transition to the role of chancellor. As chancellor, Lowry says he will "serve as an advocate for the university in Nashville and in the higher education community nationally," while working on strategic initiatives and donor relations.
Lowry will stay on as president through the summer and until a successor is found. A committee will oversee a national search.
"The greatest compliment to someone who has tried to lead is that those who come after can do even more," Lowry said in his letter. "The foundation has been built, the vision has been cast and our faculty, staff and leadership will take our institution to places perhaps not yet even imagined. Whatever we have done is simply a prelude for amazing things to come."
Lowry came to Lipscomb in 2005. Through his plans to advance the school's academic programs, the university established its first doctorate program with the College of Pharmacy and created 38 new fields of study. Lipscomb has seen 94% enrollment growth in Lowry's time and currently has just under 5,000 students.
Lowry shared that working alongside wife Rhonda, an adjunct faculty member in the College of Ministry, was a favorite part of his time there.
"We look forward to continuing our service to this institution in the future as we step into this new chapter of our work together."