Meet the Student Services Staff
Robert Sabbatini, Dean of Students, is in his fourth year in student services at LMU. A native of Jonesville, Virginia, he completed his undergraduate degree at Concord University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Education in Leadership. He has also completed his Education Specialist Degree (EdS) from Lincoln Memorial University and is pursuing his doctoral degree. Robert has worked as the student activities director and housing director in his time at Lincoln Memorial University as well. Robert says, “I feel that the youth of America are our future and education is so very important to them and to all of us. I am very proud that we have the opportunity to help our students so they can be the absolute best!”
Rick Stowe, Director of Student Activities, Rick received his bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy from LMU in 2009. He is now in his final semester of the Master of Education degree with a concentration in Counseling. As an alumnus of LMU, Rick knows how important it is for students to get involved with the entire spectrum of college life. As the current student life director, after serving as the high adventure coordinator for two years, he strives to offer activities that will appeal to every student and to help them make the most out of their experience at LMU. “After my first year as the Student Life Director I have a better understanding of what events and activities are hits with the students. I hope to bring back the popular events and further expand what’s offered to the students on campus during the 2012-13 school year.”
Larry Thacker, Associate Dean of Students, is in his 13th year with the Office of Student Services at LMU. A native of Middlesboro, Kentucky, he is a 1991, 2003 and 2011 alum of LMU with an undergraduate degree in history, a Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance and the Education Specialist in Administration and Supervision. Besides coordinating student life policy and judicial matters, directs the Student Service Initiative (SSI) community service program, our First Year Experience programming and advices the Student Government Association. “I believe everything we do in Student Services is summed up in three words: relationships, interventions and preparation. Every service we offer students is rooted in those intentions to assist students in this exciting transition into and throughout college life.”
Lesley Chumley, Director of Residential Life, is in her third year with LMU Student Services. Born and raised in Middlesboro, Kentucky, she is a 2008 alum of LMU with a bachelor’s degree in business. Lesley is currently working on her Master of Business Administration at LMU. Lesley resides in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, with her husband and two children, living on and working the family farm, which has been in the family for over 150 years. Lesley says, “Education is the greatest gift that anyone can receive, and to be able to help someone receive this gift is the greatest reward in life.”
Jeremy Donahue, Student Services Associate, is in his third year working with student services at LMU. A native of Sevierville, Tennessee, he completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Lincoln Memorial University receiving a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Master of Education in Educational Administration and Leadership. In addition to working in student services Jeremy, is in his fourth season as head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country teams at LMU. Jeremy says “ I am very appreciative of all LMU had to offer me as a student such as a great education and valuable life experiences made possible by the faculty and staff. Now as an employee, I feel fortunate to be a part of the LMU community that helps student’s reach their individual goals both in college and beyond.”
Turner Bowling, Coordinator of the High Adventure Series, has been with with LMU Student Services since 2011. A native of Middlesboro, Kentucky, he is a 2008 alum of Lincoln Memorial University with an undergraduate degree in English, and a 2011 alum of the University of Tennessee’s graduate program with a MA in English. He also plans to pursue his doctorate in English. Turner’s duties as High Adventure coordinator include supervision and instruction of all activities involving LMU’s ropes course, climbing walls and zip line, coordination and supervision of local outdoor activities and regional outdoor excursions, and overseeing LMU’s Bicycle-Friendly University project. Turner also serves as an adjunct freshman English instructor.
Floyde Anne Gardner, Director of Aquatic Services, is in her seventh year. A native of Harrogate, Tennessee, she attended Middlesboro High School and Lincoln Memorial University. She is privileged to work with LMU and area sports teams, teach lifeguarding, teach various water aerobic classes and work with the rehabilitation of patrons. She learned to swim in LMU's pool in 1957 and now it is "her" pool. "I feel so honored to have a job on this beautiful campus and even more honored to be at this pool."
Josh Burns, Director of Fitness and Intramural Coordinator, is a native of Harrogate, Tennessee. He graduated from LMU in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. Burns also played baseball while attending LMU. He is a certified level I trainer with CrossFit. "I am looking forward to providing the students here at LMU a well-maintained weight room and fitness center."
Kathy Francisco, Children's Aquatic Coordinator, was was previously an adjunct faculty member both in aquatics and international studies at LMU since 1984. Francisco is responsible for the development, promotion and execution of community based aquatics instruction programs for all ages. Kathy is focused on offering classes and special events that will establish in the participants a lifelong love of and familiarity with the water. Although she originally hailed from upstate New York, she put down roots in the tri-state area over 30 years ago and like the tenacious kudzu, she is here to stay.