Dr. Jay Stubblefield Returns as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Jay Stubblefield

Dr. Jay StubblefieldLincoln Memorial University (LMU) President Clayton Hess has appointed Dr. Jay Stubblefield as executive vice president for academic affairs. He returned to LMU, effective July 1, 2022, after having first served in the vice president for academic affairs position from 2019 until 2021 and will lead the academic affairs division of the University and serve in the president’s cabinet and executive council.

Stubblefield returns to LMU following a 12-month stint as the chief academic officer at South College in Knoxville. Prior to his first tenure at LMU, Stubblefield served South University in Savannah, Georgia, as vice chancellor for academic affairs (VCAA) for three years, 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.

Stubblefield brings with him nearly three 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 (now University) 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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