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Board of Trustees

Lincoln Memorial University is a private, non-profit institution controlled by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. Board members are elected on the basis of commitment to the programs and purposes of Lincoln Memorial University. Board members receive no remuneration but work on behalf of the University. The Board establishes the broad guidelines of philosophy and institutional purpose and names the President to carry out their guidelines.


Autry O. V. (Pete) DeBusk, Chairman
Brian C. DeBusk, First Vice-Chairman
Gary J. Burchett, Second Vice-Chairman
James A. Jordan, Third Vice-Chairman
Sam A. Mars, III, Secretary


Roger A. Ball - Tazewell, TN
Arthur (Art) D. Brill - Martinsville, IN
Gary J. Burchett - Harrogate, TN
Jerome (Jerry) E. Burnette - Knoxville, TN
Autry O.V. (Pete) DeBusk - Knoxville, TN
Brian C. DeBusk - Knoxville, TN
Nicole L. DeBusk - Knoxville, TN
Frederick S. Fields - San Francisco, CA
Robert W. Finley, Sr. - Lockport, IL
Richard A. Gillespie - Knoxville, TN
Charles W. Holland - Knoxville, TN
James A. Jordan - Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL
Terry L. Lee - Harrogate, TN
Sam A. Mars, III - Harrogate, TN
Timothy B. Matthews - Knoxville, TN
Alan C. Neely - New Tazewell, TN
Dorothy G. Neely - Tazewell, TN
(Joseph) Mark Padgett - Sarasota, FL
*Noah Patton- Tazewell, Tennessee 
Todd E. Pillion - Abingdon, VA
Kenneth O. Rankin - Dublin, OH
Carroll E. Rose - Tazewell, TN
James Jay Shoffner - Middlesboro, KY
Joseph F. Smiddy - Church Hill, TN
E. Steven (Steve) Ward - Knoxville, TN
Michele Wilson-Jones - Stearns, KY
Jerry W. Zillion - Germantown, MD
 *Alumni Representative