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Dr. Scott McDowell began on April 1, 2020 as the University’s seventh president. Upon joining LCU, McDowell had a distinguished 27-year career in Christian higher education. He came to LCU from Abilene Christian University where he served as the Vice President for Student Life. Prior to joining ACU’s administration, he was the Senior Vice President of Student Life at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.
“LCU’s prior presidents built a Christ-centered, academic community of learners transforming the hearts, minds, and hands of students for lives of purpose and service,” said McDowell. “I’m honored to accept the invitation to join this community as the next President. We have a rich history and a bright future to lean into.”
“The beauty of the educational enterprise is its ability to catalyze change in an individual’s life that can alter, not only the trajectory of their story but transform their family’s story for generations. At a place like LCU, we have seen that educational impact be even more profound because we address not just the intellectual, but also the spiritual dimension of the student, while intentionally inviting God to be a part of the entire process,” McDowell concluded.
As a cabinet member for ACU and Lipscomb, McDowell increased revenue sources, oversaw multimillion-dollar construction projects, created innovative strategies for student retention, assisted in creating new academic degree offerings, as well as built and led highly successful teams. His academic experience also includes teaching theology and leadership-based courses.
McDowell received his bachelor’s degree from Freed-Hardeman University and his master’s degree from Lipscomb University. He earned his doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. He is married to Kay (Owen) for 30 years. Kay, a seasoned PR professional, is a Chief Brand Officer at Mitchell Communication – a PR firm headquartered in Fayetteville, Arkansas. They have three sons Alec, a project engineer for OTP Systems Group, Nashville, Tenn.; Cade, a student at LCU and member of the men’s basketball team; and Cole, who will be attending Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky to play football in the fall.