Dr. Lowry took office as Lipscomb University's 17th president Sept. 26, 2005. Connecting the university to the Nashville community has been a hallmark of Dr. Lowry's presidency at Lipscomb.
In September 2005, Dr. Lowry proposed Lipscomb 2010, a $54 million plan to dramatically advance Lipscomb's academic programs and to invest in new campus facilities. As a result of Lipscomb 2010, a College of Pharmacy was established creating the first Lipscomb doctorate degree; 38 new undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs were developed; and six new institutes were established in conflict management; sustainable practice; law, justice and society; Christian spirituality; corporate governance and integrity; and civic leadership. This plan also included the renovation of several academic and residence buildings on campus. Under Dr. Lowry's leadership, the university has experienced a 70 percent enrollment growth, hired 161 full-time faculty and has risen through the U.S. News & World Report rankings to an all-time high of 18th for the university.
For more than twenty years, Dr. Lowry has been one of the nation's leaders in the dispute resolution field. After establishing an innovative program at Willamette University School of Law in Salem, Oregon, he founded the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. The Straus Institute has been named the number one graduate program of its kind for eight consecutive years, achieving the number one ranking by U.S. News & World Report 11 out of the last 16 years. In 2004, he formalized his long-standing consulting and training practice into the firm now called Strategic Resolutions Group, LLC. A lawyer, mediator, author, consultant and teacher, he has served clients in conflict management consulting, systems design and training in more than 40 states and on six continents.
He has been featured in a variety of national media outlets including on CNN, in Bloomberg Businessweek, the Huffington Post and Washington Monthly as a conflict management expert.
Beyond academics, Dr. Lowry is heavily involved in the Nashville community. He is a member of the Agenda for Nashville's Future, the Rotary Club of Nashville and the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America's executive committee. He co-chaired the Nashville Mayor's Green Ribbon Committee, and he serves on the boards of a variety of community organizations including United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, the American Heart Association and the leadership council for the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership. He was a member of the 2007 class of Leadership Nashville.
Recently, Dr. Lowry announced Lipscomb 2016, an initiative to invest $125 million by the university's 125th anniversary in 2016. The Lipscomb 2016 initiative includes goals to create 20 new academic programs, hire 30 full-time faculty, expand enrollment to 5,000 students, expand the global learning program and create new satellite locations throughout Middle Tennessee.