Lincoln Memorial University

Dr. Jay Stubblefield Named Vice President for Academic Affairs at LMU

Dr. Jay StubblefieldHarrogate, Tennessee, June 3, 2019—Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) President Clayton Hess has appointed Dr. Jay Stubblefield as vice president for academic affairs. He will join LMU effective July 1, 2019. Stubblefield will lead the academic affairs division of the University and serve in the president’s cabinet and executive council.


“I have known Dr. Jay Stubblefield for several years and I’m confident that he will provide excellent leadership for the Division of Academic Affairs,” Hess said. “Jay is an accomplished academic leader who is widely respected in the higher education community for his integrity and character, and I look forward to having him become a member of the leadership team at LMU.”


Stubblefield joins LMU following a seven-year tenure at South University in Savannah, Georgia, where he served as vice chancellor for academic affairs (VCAA) since 2016, and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs from 2012-2016. As VCAA he led the team that is primarily responsible for ensuring the integrity of the institution’s academic programs through continuous assessment and improvement, along with the quality of key academic areas such as university libraries, institutional effectiveness and compliance with regional, state and programmatic requirements.


“I am grateful for the opportunity to join President Hess, the faculty and other leaders at LMU in continuing the tradition of excellence and student-centered approach to education for which the institution has become widely known and respected,” Stubblefield said.     


Stubblefield brings with him more than two decades of academic experience, having served as a faculty member and in roles of increasing administrative responsibility. Prior to joining South University, he served for 12 years first as a faculty and ultimately as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. He had previously served for two years on the faculty at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. In addition to several journal articles and professional presentations, Stubblefield co-authored a book entitled A Critical Companion to Jonathan Swift: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work.


In addition to his exemplary academic proficiencies, Stubblefield brings extensive experience with accreditation activities including reaffirmations, substantive change efforts, committee work and presentations with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. He has also demonstrated expertise and success in programmatic accreditation and state licensing.  


Stubblefield holds a Ph.D. and Master of Arts in English from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Arts in English from North Carolina State University. Originally from Appomattox, Virginia, Stubblefield and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Marshall and Lilly.


Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or email at [email protected].


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