LU taps Samuels as senior VP for communication, marketing

Lipscomb University has named Deby Samuels senior vice president for university communication and marketing.

A veteran Nashville marketing executive, Samuels (pictured) most recently served as vice president of Lipscomb University’s University Communication and Marketing office.

Samuels is part of the LU executive leadership team, which provides vision, strategy and direction for the university at an institutional level, according to a release. In addition, she oversees the university’s strategic communication, media relations, public relations, social media, web, marketing, advertising, branding, publications and creative services functions. In her new role, Samuels will expand her work to coordinate several new university-wide marketing initiatives.

“Deby has brought expert leadership to the very visible areas of marketing and communication for the university that has not only helped elevate the institution’s reputation locally, but also created a greater awareness for the great things that are happening at Lipscomb on a national level as well,” LU President L. Randolph Lowry said in the release.

A 1972 LU graduate, Samuels was vice president of marketing communications for Nashville’s AmSurg Corp. prior to joining the Lipscomb administration in September 2009.

Samuels graduated with a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.

Since arrive in Nashville in 1980, Samuels has served as director of marketing for Comdata as well as in creative and executive positions with The Buntin Group (advertising) and the former Dye, Van Mol & Lawrence (public relations).

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Lipscomb names two interim deans

Lipscomb University Provost W. Craig Bledsoe has announced the appointment of two interim deans to fill recent vacancies at two LU colleges.

Deborah Boyd (on right in photo), associate dean and director of graduate studies for Lipscomb University’s College of Education since 2008, has been appointed interim dean of the college, according to a release. She fills the vacancy created by the departure of Candice McQueen, whom Gov. Bill Haslam appointed this week commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education (read more here).

Nina Morel (on left in photo) has been appointed interim dean of the LU College of Professional Studies following the departure of Charla Long. The latter left LU to serve as a consultant to Public Agenda, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that focuses on issues impacting education.

Boyd will lead the programs and initiatives for the college as well as Lipscomb’s Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation while a national search is underway for McQueen’s permanent successor.

“Deborah Boyd has deep roots in education and has played a key role in the growth and success of Lipscomb’s College of Education,” Bledsoe said in the release. “Dr. Boyd has put feet to the vision and innovation of the college and will continue to build on this strong foundation. She has been instrumental in hiring many of the strong administrators and faculty in the college as well as implementing many of its programs. We are pleased that she will be leading this college through this time of transition.”

Morel, currently associate dean of that college, directs the university’s competency-based education program as well as designs and implements the instructional coaching model of the program. She also leads the College of Professional Studies’ integrated studies and adult degree programs, coordinates accreditation processes and serves as a liaison with national education associations.

Prior to her appointment in the College of Professional Studies, Morel was associate professor of education and director of the Master of Education program in the LU College of Education.

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Good showing for Nashville higher ed in 'U.S. News' rankings

Four Nashville colleges were listed in the top 20 on three U.S. News & World Report education rankings.

Vanderbilt University landed the number 16 spot on the list of National Universities, tied with Cornell and Brown universities and the University of Notre Dame.

On the list of best Regional Universities of the South, Belmont University was ranked number five and Lipscomb University was number 18.

Of Southern colleges, Aquinas College was ranked number 14.

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Lipscomb fall enrollment tops 4,500

Lipscomb University officials have announced a first-day enrollment of more than 4,500 graduate and undergraduate students.

While most degree categories saw increases, most notable are double-digit increases in the university’s nursing program, graduate business degree programs and adult degree studies (programs for students returning to college work after an extended hiatus), according to a release.

One of the highlights of semester’s first-day enrollment data is an 80.5 percent overall retention rate for returning students from fall semester 2013 to this fall, according to the release. That is a 3 percent increase from the mark of this time last year, and is well above the national average retention rate of approximately 70 percent.

“Lipscomb continues to show strong growth as we add new programs, launch new initiatives and serve the community,” LU President L. Randolph Lowry (pictured) said in the release. “Our growth continues in some highly competitive academic areas such as business and nursing. I am particularly pleased that we have retained more students than ever before in university history. That is an indication that the Lipscomb community is not only where our students enjoy learning and preparing for their careers, but it is also a place they feel welcome, they explore their faith and they feel at home.”

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