Lincoln Memorial University


LMU to Inaugurate 21st President on Friday


Harrogate, Tennessee, October 10, 2017— Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will hold an Inaugural Ceremony investing E. Clayton Hess, PhD, as its 21st president at 3 p.m. on Friday, October 13, in the Tex Turner Arena.

The LMU Board of Trustees unanimously voted to appoint Hess president in November 2016, and he took office on July 1, 2017. The ceremony will include greetings from various University constituents; installation by LMU Board Chair Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk, Second Vice Chairman Gary Burchett and President Emeritus B. James Dawson; a keynote address; and the unveiling of the presidential portrait by noted portrait artist Steve Moppart. The LMU Concert Band and the LMU Chamber Singers will perform.

Hess has been a member of LMU’s academic community for four decades. He started his career at LMU in 1981 shortly after graduating, and most recently served as provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Hess has guided LMU’s growth at all levels, chairing multiple committees responsible for substantive change proposals to initiate new extended learning sites offering associate, baccalaureate, post-baccalaureate, graduate and professional degree programs. Hess chaired the University’s successful Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmation of accreditation from 2006-2009. He chaired the committee responsible for degree level accreditation change from Level IV to V to pave the way for LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, and from Level V to VI for subsequent professional programs including LMU Duncan School of Law, LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine, and doctoral programs in business, education and nursing.

Hess earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and two master’s degrees from LMU (one in counseling and the other in curriculum and instruction) and a PhD. in human services counseling from Walden University. Hess has four grown children and five grandchildren. He resides in LaFollette, Tennessee.

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





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