Lipscomb University announced today that Ray Eldridge has been appointed dean of the LU College of Business.
Eldridge, senior associate dean and professor of management in the college, has served as interim dean of the College of Business since May 31, 2014, according to a release. He succeeds Turney Stevens, dean emeritus of the LU College of Business.
“Under Dr. Eldridge’s leadership, the College of Business has become one of the fastest-growing graduate business schools in Tennessee and has been recognized nationally,” LU Provost W. Craig Bledsoe said in the release. “Ray possesses an authentic approach to leadership that engenders the best efforts from his faculty and supports innovative programming that has opened our program to new markets. I look forward to seeing the many ways the college will continue to flourish under his leadership.”
As interim dean, Eldridge led the college to an increase in enrollment in its 16 undergraduate and four graduate programs, topping more than 700 students for the first time in Lipscomb history. During this time, Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked the LU College of Business among the top 50 part-time M.B.A. degree programs in the nation.
Eldridge also oversaw the college’s completing a two-year business accreditation review with no conditions noted, launching a business-as-mission program, adding a telepresence center, raising funds for various initiatives and developing a Master of Management degree program. He also led the effort to make Lipscomb the fourth university in the nation to achieve ACBSP Accounting specialization accreditation.
“I am excited about the momentum we have created in the College of Business to guide our students to not only reach their educational and professional goals, but to also equip them to embrace business as mission,” Eldridge said in the release. “We are on ‘fast forward’ to becoming a significant college of business, however you define it — whether it be through innovative and relevant programs, renewed focus on values and virtues, engagement with the business community, quality through accreditation, first-time national ranking, impressive faculty, the intersection of faith and business, unique student experiential opportunities. All of that is working together to make an impact.”
Prior to joining the Lipscomb faculty in 2008, Eldridge completed more than 20 years as a U.S. Army officer. He has also served in professorships at Syracuse University and Freed-Hardeman University, the latter for which he worked as dean of its School of Business for three years.
Eldridge holds a doctorate, two master’s degrees and a diploma from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and an undergraduate degree from The Citadel.