Lipscomb VP to leave for Atlanta job

Development, alumni relations exec had been in 2012 running for TSU job

A Lipscomb University executive key to the school's recent expansion and building boom will leave this spring for a similar post at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Bennie Harris, who has served as Lipscomb's vice president of development and alumni relations since May 2007, will be Morehouse's senior VP of institutional advancement. At Lipscomb, Harris led the development efforts for the $54 million Lipscomb 2010 campaign, which resulted in the creation of its College of Pharmacy, the renovation of several prominent campus buildings and the building of the Thomas James McMeen Music Center and The Village, among other projects. He has also helped manage the $125 million Lipscomb:Next campaign, which will be highlighted by a new Nursing and Health Sciences Center and the Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center, in addition to new undergraduate and graduate programs.

“Bennie led us through two highly successful campaigns,” said Lipscomb President Randolph Lowry. “He assembled an excellent team of development professionals to undertake a major capital initiative which many schools shied away from in the depth of the economic challenges the country has faced in recent years. Bennie and his family are an important part of the Lipscomb community and he will be greatly missed.”

Harris, who also is an adjunct professor in Lipscomb’s College of Business and at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, was one of the four finalists for president of Tennessee State University in the fall of 2012. That job eventually went to Glenda Glover. He will start his new job in Atlanta June 1.

“My family and I have cherished the supportive, loving and Christian community we have been a part of here,” he said. “But, this is a very unique opportunity to for me to have a new experience in higher education that fits with my long-term career goals. I am excited about this new chapter in our lives.”