Lipscomb names education dean to SVP post

McQueen will oversee Lipscomb Academy as headmaster returns to classroom

Lipscomb University College of Education dean Candice McQueen has been named senior vice president and will oversee the college's affiliated school, Lipscomb Academy.

“Dr. McQueen has created one of the top education programs in the country, and she has become a recognized leader in this field,” Dr. Randolph Lowry, Lipscomb president, said in a release. “She has a level of proven expertise that will continue to impact generations of teachers to come and that will help shape the academy into one of the best in the region. This is a way for Dr. McQueen’s influence, innovation and vision to have a greater impact throughout the institution.”

Under McQueen’s leadership, the LU College of Education’s teacher preparation program was named one of the top four in the nation last year. She also led the College to a 72 percent enrollment growth and added multiple graduate programs, including a doctorate in education.

“This appointment builds a stronger relationship between our own academy and the College of Education,” said McQueen. “It is a natural fit for the two entities to collaborate to offer the most effective, innovative education possible for both our preK-12 students as well as our undergraduate and graduate students.”

With McQueen taking leadership reins at the K-12 school, Lipscomb Academy headmaster Michael Hammond will return to the classroom at the end of the school year. He has served as the school's headmaster since 2008. Hammond was previously dean of Lipscomb's College of Education. McQueen will lead the search for his replacement.