Conn Reappointed To Lee University Helm

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Dr. Paul Conn
Dr. Paul Conn

Dr. Paul Conn, president of Lee University, has been elected by the school’s Board of Directors to serve a new term beginning Aug. 1.  The action was taken in the board’s session during the commencement weekend, according to Gary Sharp, chairman of the board. 

“We are thrilled that Dr. Conn has accepted a new term as president,” Mr. Sharp said.  “He has led the university in many outstanding accomplishments and we believe many more wonderful years are ahead.”  Mr. Sharp said the board’s action was “unanimous and enthusiastic” and extends Dr. Conn’s appointment for a four-year term, beginning this summer and ending in 2018.

In accepting the appointment, Dr. Conn said, “I have a tremendous sense of gratitude for the board’s support of me and what we are doing here at Lee.  I’m grateful for the excellent faculty and staff I work with, and I honestly look forward to going to campus to begin every new day.  We have lots of exciting goals in our future, and I couldn’t ask for a more supportive or positive faculty and board to partner with on this journey.”

Dr. Conn became president in 1986 after teaching for 15 years on Lee’s psychology faculty.  He is a graduate of Lee and earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Emory University in psychology.  He later served as a postdoctoral Visiting Scholar at Harvard University and has spent four years there in postdoctoral study.  He holds the rank of professor of Psychology and still teaches an undergraduate psychology course at Lee for 100 students each fall semester.

During his tenure as Lee president, Dr. Conn has been elected by his presidential peers to serve on many professional boards.  He has served on the national board of the Council of Independent Colleges, spent two terms on the executive committee of the Southern Association Commission on Colleges, served on the executive board of Appalachian Colleges Association, and was elected to three three-year terms on the national board of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.  In athletics, he served as president of the Southern States Athletic Conference before Lee left that organization to join the NCAA, Division II in 2012.

Lee University is currently in a capital campaign called the “Find Us Faithful” campaign which is nearing completion of a new $10 million building for the Department of Communication Arts, and which will include the construction of a new School of Nursing by late 2016, along with other projects. 

Dr. Conn is married to Darlia McLuhan Conn, who is a member of the adjunct piano faculty in Lee’s School of Music; together they have three children and 10 grandchildren.


Lee Offers Summer Theatre Camps

Lee University’s Department of Communication Arts will host a new two-week camp for students aged 7-12 and 12-18 from June 8-19.  The youth camp for ages 7-12 will involve students in rehearsing and performing a play. During their time in the camp from 9 a.m.-noon each day, students will work with Lee theatre students and faculty to learn about characterization, physical ... (click for more)

Virginia College In Chattanooga Announces Summer Friends And Family Day: Luau Event June 6

Virginia College in Chattanooga will host a Summer Friends & Family Day: Luau event for staff, former, current and prospective students and families on Saturday, June 6, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., to be held at the campus located at 721 Eastgate Loop Road. While learning about the educational opportunities available to Chattanooga-area students at Virginia College, attendees are also ... (click for more)

Work To Start Later This Year On Major Reworking Of U.S. 27 Downtown; 31 Walls To Be Erected As Cameron Hill Faces More Cuts

Work is set to start later this year on the $80 million reworking of U.S. 27 in downtown Chattanooga. TDOT's Jennifer Flynn said all of the right of way has been acquired and construction bids are tentatively scheduled to be opened in August.  The 1.4-mile project includes U.S. 27 from I-24 to south of the Olgiati Bridge.  Work was completed earlier this year ... (click for more)

3 Finalists For Criminal Court Judge Get Interviews With Governor Haslam On Monday

The three finalists for Criminal Court judge, Division II, are set to be interviewed by Governor Bill Haslam on Monday. The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments met on April 9, then submitted the names of Mike  Little, Leslie Longshore and Boyd Patterson. The vacancy was created when Judge Rebecca Stern announced that she was retiring prior to the end of her term. ... (click for more)

Erlanger Electronic Medical Records Purchase Doesn't Add Up - And Response

Erlanger has recently announced their decision to purchase a $100,000,000 Electronic Health Information System. Something smells. Erlanger's downtown campus has 760 licensed beds, according to hospital-data. That would equate to $131,578 per bed for this system (now that's a lot of ipads). Please re-read that simple math. I use to manage an Electric Medication Administration ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: General Boykin Helps ‘Warriors’

General W.G. “Jerry” Boykin is one of the most fabled warriors in modern-day warfare. He is also one of the most polarizing men who has ever served his country. General Boykin, retired after 36 years as a soldier, spent 13 years in the secretive Delta Force. At one time he commanded the Green Berets and was in one some pretty impressive engagements. In 1980 he was in on the ... (click for more)