LMU Mourns the Loss of Vice President Travis Wright
Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is mourning the loss of Dr. Travis Wright, vice president for academic services and institutional effectiveness, who passed away at Vanderbilt Medical Center where he was receiving treatment for myeloproliferative syndrome and myelodysplastic syndrome on Sunday, January 24, 2021.
Wright joined LMU in 2014 as the director of assessment and was promoted to assistant vice president for academic affairs, overseeing the Office of Institutional Effectiveness in 2015. He was promoted to vice president for academic and student support services in 2017 as President Clayton Hess announced his cabinet selections. Further restructuring resulted in him overseeing academic services and institutional effectiveness. In that role he supervised academic services including the Tagge Center, Career Services, the Carnegie Vincent Library and the Office of Mental Health Counseling. He also led the University’s institutional effectiveness office, coordinated research activities and managed LMU’s accreditation activity with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Committee on Colleges (SACSCOC) and program and school level accreditors. Wright also taught Old and New Testament for the Paul V. Hamilton School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
Prior to joining LMU, Wright served as vice president for academic affairs at Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana. From 2008-2012, he served as special assistant to the senior vice president and dean of the faculty at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Wright held three degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, including a PhD in Christian Education, a Master of Theology and a Master of Divinity in Christian Education. Wright earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Gardner-Webb University.
Wright has worked on accreditation reviews for both SACSCOC and the Association of Theological Schools Commission on Accrediting. An ordained Baptist minister, Wright conducted humanitarian mission work stateside and abroad with disaster relief and home repair ministries. He served as a board member for the Tennessee Baptist Adult Homes, LLC, and taught Sunday School, Bible Studies and preached at First Baptist Church in New Tazewell, Tennessee.
Wright is survived by his wife, Stephanie, and his children, Sam and Gabrielle. A testament to Wright’s passion for science, teaching and learning his body has been donated to LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Anatomical Donation Program. A celebration of life services will be held at 2 p.m. on January 30 at First Baptist Church in Dandridge, Tennessee. Masks and social distancing will be required. The service may also be streamed on the church’s website at www.fbcdt.org. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to the student scholarship fund at J. Frank White Academy.
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 e-mail at [email protected].