Middle Tennessee Christian School names president

Lipscomb GC helped drive university's institutional overlay effort

Middle Tennessee Christian School has named Phil Ellenburg as its president.

Ellenburg, who serves as Lipscomb University's general counsel, will begin his role with MTCS in April. Located in Murfreesboro, MTCS is a private PreK-12 school affiliated with the Churches of Christ and with an enrollment of about 670 students.

“Dr. Ellenburg’s proven leadership ability along with the vision and passion he has for Christian education makes him a perfect fit to lead Middle Tennessee Christian School as it continues to grow and expand,” Bob Schaffer, chairman of the MTCS Board of Trustees, said in a release. “We look forward to this new chapter in our school’s history.”

Ellenburg was named associate university attorney at Lipscomb in 1994 and was soon promoted to general counsel. While at Lipscomb, he is credited with leading the nearly decade-long process of gaining “institutional overlay” status for the campus master plan from the Metro Council (paving the way for Lipscomb and other universities in Nashville to formally codify plans for future growth and expansion) and winning a 12-year federal court battle regarding Lipscomb University’s use of tax-exempt industrial revenue bonds for campus construction.

Ellenburg also was instrumental in creating the LU Office of Risk Management and navigating the legal aspect of the athletics program’s transition from NAIA to NCAA competition.

Ellenburg earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Lipscomb University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky.