Clayton Hess, PhD
Clayton Hess, PhD serves as vice president for academic affairs at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU). Hess has held positions in student services, university advancement, and academic affairs during his thirty years with LMU. He has taught as an adjunct faculty member at LMU and was the founding chair of LMU’s Institutional Effectiveness Committee. Hess served on the SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) Leadership Team during LMU’s most recent reaffirmation of accreditation by the COC (Commission on Colleges). He has chaired Substantive Change Steering Committees at LMU leading to the establishment of extended learning sites for the delivery of both undergraduate and graduate/professional degree programs. He has assisted LMU faculty in preparing successful reports for initial and/or continuing accreditation by several professional accreditation associations/agencies.
Hess coordinated LMU’s Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness processes for more than ten years and has chaired the University’s General Education Committee. Prior to becoming VPAA, he was Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs for Planning and Accreditation and was responsible for monitoring compliance with accreditation/approval requirements of several state and federal agencies/associations and conducting on-going efforts to assess the effectiveness of the University’s academic and administrative operations. Hess has served on Reaffirmation, Substantive Change, and Fifth-Year Review Committees for the Commission on Colleges. Hess has presented at SACS-COC Annual Meetings on Strategic Planning, Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment. He has also presented at the COC Small College Initiative on Effective Assessment Practices.
Hess earned a BA in History from Lincoln Memorial University. Hess also earned two master’s degrees, one in Counseling and Guidance and the other in Curriculum and Instruction, from Lincoln Memorial University and a PhD in Human Services Counseling from Walden University.